We have celebrated Palm Sunday, hearing how the people ran to meet Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem. We waved our palms and sang “Hosanna.” We are thrilled to welcome Jesus into our city, our Sanctuary and our lives. But are we prepared to stand by him during this Holy Week?
13 teams of Youth from 10 Madison area churches filled the First Cong dining room for the 9th annual running of the Amazing gRace this past Sunday. 85 youth, and adult chaperones completed challenges and followed clues around the church and city on a quest to complete the race first. Prize money will be sent to chosen charities of the top two placing teams. First Cong had two teams competing, one for 7th and 8th graders, and one for High Schoolers. The High School team came in first place and will hold the traveling trophy for the year. The charity they played for was the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The second place team was from Madison Christian Community, who played for the Homeless Teen Backpack Project.
Understanding prayer can be a challenge for even a seasoned person of faith, much less a child just learning the wonders of God. Prayer comes in all shapes and forms and takes on the essence of culture and traditions. Consider the Whirling Dervish, or an Ojibwa Sweat Lodge, or a buddhist Meditation. All very different practices, but all intent on helping the individual make a connection to a greater source.
In an effort to help them better understand prayer practices....