There are many important gardens in Scripture. Of course, the Garden of Eden is where it all began, but the most significant gardens are encountered in the last few days of Jesus’ earthly life. In the Garden of Gethsemane at the base of the Mount of Olives, Jesus surrenders himself to the cross. In that same garden, he is betrayed by his close friend, whom he loves. In that same garden, he heals a soldier who comes at him with a sword. In that same garden, he is deserted by his disciples. In yet another garden near the city, he is buried in a borrowed tomb, and it is in that same garden that Jesus steps out of a tomb of death into life!

The word Gethsemane comes from a phrase meaning “place of the olive press.” It was here that olives were pressed into oil. It is here that the world and Jesus’ mission press down on him as he cries out to his God in agony. Perhaps you have been pressed down in agony, crying out to your God. If so, Jesus won’t desert you.

SERVICES

February 26
7:30 a.m. in the Chapel
12 and 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

April 9
12 p.m.  |  Chapel
A chanted reading of the St. John Passion followed by Holy Communion.

7 p.m. | Sanctuary
A celebration of the Last Supper | St. Cecilia Choir and Chancel Bells

April 10
Tenebrae | 7 p.m. | Sanctuary
A gradual extinguishing of the light as we remember Christ’s Passion with the Chancel Choir

Children’s Good Friday Worship Service | 7 p.m. | 2nd Floor Johnson Bldg.
Children K-5th grade experience a service tailored just for them.   

April 11
Anticipation of Easter | 11 a.m. | Chapel
Join Organist and Artist in Residence Rob Landes for this annual musical offering.

Traditional Worship:
8, 9, 10:05 and 11:10 a.m. | Sanctuary

Contemporary Worship:
9:15 a.m. | Fellowship Hall

EVENTS

Each Sunday during Lent, children receive “prayer eggs” that contain the Lord’s Prayer and names of children and Sunday adult leaders. With the help of their parents, children are asked to pray the Lord’s Prayer every day and lift up the people named on their prayer slip. This helps them learn the Lord’s Prayer and encourages them to pray for others.

7 p.m. | Chapel
March 4 | Prayer and Healing Service with Holy Communion
March 11 | Prayer Walk in a Labyrinth: Allowing Jesus to Guide our Steps
March 18 | A Service with Lectio Divinaand a Love Feast: Let the Scripture Read You
March 25 | Prayer and Healing Service: Anointing with oil for you or a loved one
April 1 | Prayer Walk – Stations of the Cross Twelve stops following Jesus to the cross
April 8 | Washing of the Feet: We’ll do just as Jesus did, the ultimate servant

Join us each week for 30 minutes of Lenten Music for Meditation and Reection
St. Luke’s Chapel | 12:05 p.m.

Feb 27 – Gosia Goroszewska, piano
March 5 – Voces 8
March 12 – Alejandro Montiel, guitar
March 19 – Marvin Gaspard, piano
March 26 – Steven Wiggs, cello and Jim Roman, piano
April 2 – Laura Witt, harp and Melissa Suhr, flute
April 9 – St. Luke’s Quartet

April 5 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Blanton Field

Dress casual, grab your Easter baskets, and bring a pop-up canopy or a blanket to sit on for this annual family tradition!

Featuring: Toddlers & Twos Play Area, Egg Hunt, Cake Walk, music from the Contemporary Worship Band, lunch from Skeeter’s, face painting, inflatables, and some new games for our older children.

Ticket sales begin in March. Cost: $10.50 per adult and $5.50 per child if purchased in advance and $15 per adult and $10 per child at the door.

Saturday, April 4 | 1-4 p.m. | St. Luke’s Student Building

We will meet up at the Student Building to pick up plants and deliver them to nearby long-term care facilities. This annual event is a wonderful time to show our love and appreciation of members who are no longer able to attend services regularly. This service opportunity is great for the whole family!

Sunday, April 5 | Between worship services | Johnson Hallway
Volunteers are needed to deliver a Lenten plant to our Friends at Home members at their home. Stop by the table in the Commons to pick up instructions and a beautiful Begonia. Contact: Shelley Quillin [email protected]

STUDIES

The Sermon on the Mount
Begins the week of March 1 through of April 5
It’s the most quoted portion of scripture, but how well do you really know what Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount?  Join us for a 6-week study on Jesus’ instructions for Christian life. We’ll learn more about what it means to live in an upside-down kingdom, how Jesus taught us to pray, and the foundation on which we should build our faith. The study will be available through the Scripture+Shared app and on the St. Luke’s website.

Wednesdays | February 26-April 8 | 9 – 11 a.m. | ES314 | Led by Louise McEvoy
Dive DEEP into the cultural and political setting of Jesus’ final week in a 7-week study based on the book The Last Week by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan. This study is not a casual read—the authors wrote it in response to Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ. Mainly using the Gospel of Mark, Borg and Crossan guide readers through the daily events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Everyone will be challenged, but all will be encouraged to share their viewpoints in class discussions. Register here.

Sundays | March 8, 22, 29; April 19, 26; May 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. Hines Baker Room | Led by Rev. Michelle Manuel
Join Rev. Michelle Manuel for a 6-week in-depth look into Christian discipleship through the Enneagram. We will study the Christian life: being made in the image of God, our relationships, and how we can deepen our spiritual walk. Participants will interact with various books, podcasts, and Rev. Manuel’s teaching. Basic knowledge of the Enneagram is helpful, but not required. Contact Rev. Michelle Manuel for more information, or register here.

Women of the Word Lunch and Learn
Friday, March 27 |11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Hines Baker Room
Essential oils have become quite popular in recent years. Either you or someone you know uses them, but did you know that some of these oils were used in the Ancient Near East? In Proverbs 21:20 we read: “There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise.” Why would possession of oil be a sign of wisdom? There are over 600 references to essential oils and/or the aromatic plants from which they were extracted in the Bible. Why were these oils important during bible times and why are they important to us today? This Lenten season, come experience frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, cedar wood and other oils of the Bible. We will look at scripture and learn about the healing properties of these revered aromatic oils. Registration ($15) required: StLukesMethodist.org/wow.

Sundays | March 1- April 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | ES314 | Led by Sally Penning
Join us in exploring this creative approach to Bible study as we follow the last days of Jesus’ life. We will share techniques and spend time together in God’s word. No art experience needed. Sign up here.