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Law & Order OR Love & Grace

On February 11, we gathered to celebrate women, love, friendships, marriage and covenant. Because of Amber Kahn, Jessica Carmer, and Joshua Rousis, we experienced circles of love: meaningful conversations and belonging. Because of Chef Stephen Rohs, we enjoyed an exquisite 4 course meal, including steamed mussels in a red wine tomato and roasted garlic sauce or roasted veal meatballs with fire-grilled tomatoes and shaved parmesan cheese; Greek salad-fattoush with tomato, cucumber toasted pita, lemon and mint; provencal braised beef with onions and black olives over basmati rice; and cherry clafoutis served with a vanilla cream and shaved milk chocolate.

Because of Duane Buys, Diana Helper and Paul Seaborn, we relaxed to the tunes of a beautiful alto voice and the enchanted sounds of the piano. This magical evening was a prelude to our Hebrew Bible and Gospel lessons on Sunday morning regarding the contemplation of law & order versus love & grace.

We dared to consider the exclusionary outcomes of law & order versus the inclusionary invitation of love & grace. We confronted the seductive illusion of perfection offered by law & order; and embraced the liberating truth of our imperfections as gifts of love & grace. Therefore, ultimately, last Saturday, we celebrated covenant relationships between human beings choosing the compassionate space of love and grace rather than the legalistic tension of law and order.

Which will you choose? Law or Love? Order or Grace? Or some life-affirming or life-denying combination all options? As you ponder these choices of life or death for you and all people, I invite you to also consider this prayer:

Love-able

Sacred Heartbeat of Love,
pulse through me the nine blessings
of the beloved:
freedom from fear,
healing of alienation,
energy of diversity,
risk of honesty,
practice of patience,
ecstasy of union,
joy of growth,
resolution of harmony,
breath of kairos.
These nine to bind and to challenge.
These nine to nurture and to sustain.
These nine to bring at-one-ment
with time and eternity,
with friend and stranger,
with One and with Every.
(Rev. Andrea La Sonde Anastos; http://www.immram-chara.net/2017/02/14/weekly-ponderings)

Lenten Series

We are offering 3 different options for Lenten studies. Attend one or attend them all! We look forward to learning with you.

  • Finding Redemption in Our Mess
    March 1, 7:00 pm through April 5 at University Park UMC.
    Sometimes our lives are in such disarray we can’t envision a way through to redemption. But when we look at the mess through the eyes of Christ, we not only find redemption, we can clearly see spiritual restoration. In Restored, author Tom Berlin encourages us to reflect and meditate through our own brokenness, showing us that it is only when we focus on the cross as a place to surrender control that we can leave our mess and find true redemption. This 6-week study uses Scripture, devotional tools, and the writings of Ignatius of  Loyola, John of the Cross, St. Augustine, John Wesley, EvelynUnderhill, and others.
  • Sunday Night Movie, Lenten film series
    March 5, 6:00 pm through April 9 at The Evanston Center.

    • March 5: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (PG, 1982)
    • March 12: Babette’s Feast (G, 1987)
    • March 19: Cool Hand Luke (PG, 1967)
    • March 26: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (R, 1975)
    • April 2: Harry Potter, The Prisoner of Azkaban  (PG, 2004)
    • April 9: Saving Private Ryan (R, 1998)

    The story of Jesus has been called “the greatest story ever told” and film makers for decades have used elements of Jesus’ life to tell their stories. We will delve into the life of Jesus told through allegory in several popular movies. Join us for movies, popcorn, and discussion each Sunday night in Lent. Please come for one film, or all! This Lenten series is hosted by the Peniel leadership team, the Evanston Center for Spiritual Wholeness and Healing, and the Foundation Campus Ministry at DU. ALL are welcome, including families, children, and youth but please note the various film ratings. For more information contact Liza at L.StoltzHanson@gmail.com.

  • Sand Creek Massacre Study
    March 8, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm through April 5 at The Evanston Center.
    At dawn on the morning of November 29, 1864, Colonel John Milton Chivington gave the command that led to slaughter of 230 peaceful Cheyennes and Arapahos-primarily women, children, and elderly–camped under the protection of the U.S. government along Sand Creek in Colorado Territory and flying both an American flag and a white flag. The Methodist Church has a special stake in this story. Was it somehow culpable in what happened?

Parking

  • North side of the church are three parking lots
  • Street parking throughout the neighborhood
  • Sunday mornings only free parking is available in the underground parking structure for the Daniels School of Business [University of Denver] directly west of the church. The structure entrance is on the north end of the Daniels, off of University Blvd [by the fire hydrant and bus bench]
  • Handicap parking is available off the street [E. Warren Ave.] directly south of the church. This location is reserved for handicap parking only.

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