Remembering and Rejoicing: Keeping the Holy Days with Mt. Zion Temple

Gloria Dei is preparing for Easter with forty days of Lent. Mt. Zion is preparing for the Passover. Both communities have special ways of leading the congregation into the wonder, depth, and power of our holiest days. This year, we decided to walk together, trusting that learning about one another’s faith will help us to deepen our own.On Sunday mornings and at Wednesday Evening Prayer, you’ll notice some themes from Hebrew scripture and reflection. The pastors will preach on the Old Testament readings for the Sundays in Lent. We’ll sing the Psalms, our shared interfaith hymnal, in some different ways. We’ll even learn a bit of Hebrew.

Remembering: A Pulpit Exchange

On Friday, March 15th, 7:30 p.m., Pastor Bradley will preach at the Shabbat service at Mt. Zion. The readings for that day call for the community to remember the holocaust. Pastor Bradley will reflect on what it means for Lutherans to “remember,” knowing that some in Lutheran church were participants in the horror. We trust that faithful remembrance can be healing and draw us closer together. Gloria Dei members are invited and encouraged to attend.

On Sunday, March 17th, 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., Rabbi Adam Spilker will preach at our morning services. The Hebrew reading that day is a story of Abraham and the promise to make of his family a great nation. Rabbi Spilker will reflect on how we remember Abraham’s faithfulness to move forward into partnership and community. Members of Mt. Zion are invited to join us for those services.

Rejoicing: Joint Bible and Torah Sunday

To prepare for Passover, Mt. Zion will be studying the Passover story on Saturday, April 13th, 9:00 a.m. Gloria Dei members are invited to participate.To prepare for Easter, Gloria Dei will be studying the Passion According to Luke, April 14th, 9:30 a.m. Mt. Zion members will join us.

These are exciting ways for us to get to know one another better and to journey together in being God’s people. We’re excited about this Lenten journey. Join the journey!

Peace,Pastor Bradley