Holy Week

Palm Sunday, March 24, 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul UMC, Cedar Rapids

We will have our regular worship service at 9:30 a.m. After we worship, a group from Two Rivers Church will leave from Rock Island at about 11:00 a.m. in order to get to St. Paul’s UMC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There, we will worship with the African Nationals multilingual service. It is our ho

Maundy Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. at Church of Peace, Rock Island

We will gather at the Church of Peace (UCC) in Rock Island for our pot-luck and worship service. If you can, bring a dish to share for a wonderful dinner. Then, after dinner we will remember Jesus’ last supper, denial, betrayal, anguish, and arrest. The entire service will take place in the Church of Peace fellowship hall. The address of Church of Peace is 1114 12th Street, Rock Island, IL.

Good Friday, March 29, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Two Rivers Church

Stations of the Gospel is a self-guided tour through the Gospel of Matthew from baptism to crucifixion. It is a chance to reflect on Jesus’ life, ministry, and the reasons why he went to the Cross. The church will be open from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and the ten stations will take about 30 minutes to get through.

Easter Sunday, March 31, 9:30 a.m. at Two Rivers Church

Our worship service on Sunday will be an extraordinary expression of joy and resurrection. A talented local brass player will join our choir. We will share Communion – where all are welcome to the Table. We will welcome new members. After the service, the kids will be invited to a egg hunt in the fellowship hall where they can win prizes.

Do Unto Others

We have all heard “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It is the Golden Rule. Jesus said it is the summary of the Law and the Prophets. It is the foundation of what being a Christian should be. But what does it actually mean? What does it mean to apply this concept in the world? Jesus had many chances to “Do unto others,” especially to women.

Women were often the object of his kindness, advocacy, and grace. Our current worship series will reveal how Jesus applied “Do unto others” to a poor widow at the Temple, a woman caught in adultery, a foreign woman at the well, two women grieving, and the women who accompanied him.

As we move toward Easter we will see what “Do Unto Others” really looks like and also how “Do Unto Others” is not just a cliche slogan for being nice. It is actually a radical, counter-cultural choice that led him to the Cross.

Gospel According to Broadway

The Gospel According to Broadway was such a hit last summer that it is coming back for an encore. This summer seven shows will be featured with special performances by local theater veterans. The series will begin on July 30 and last for seven weeks. Each week Pastor Robb will make connections between the show or song, and our Scriptures. Sacred stories do not exist only in the Bible. Stories that illustrate divine truth about God’s love, forgiveness, community, friendship, and grace can be found all around us. Get ready for a reprise of last year’s most memorable series. The Gospel According to Broadway is coming back!

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Easter Week Events

Wednesday 5:30 – Our last Vespers service will be on Wednesday, April 5. This will be another quiet service of reflection, silence, music, and prayer. These services have been deeply spiritual experiences all Lent, and our youth group, bell choir, and choir all meet afterwards.

Thursday 6:30 – Maundy Thursday Pot-Luck Church. We will meet in Epworth Hall (downstairs) and begin a unique experience of eating together with readings, songs, and liturgy. It is a pot-luck dinner, so bring a dish to share if you can. We will share the Christ’s Cup and Bread in a modified service of Communion that integrates our meal together with Christ’s words and the events of the Last Supper and his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane as told to us in the Gospel of Matthew.

Friday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. – Good Friday Stations of the Gospel. The church doors will be open for a self-guided experience of interactive prayer and learning stations. The stations will lead pilgrims through the Gospel of Matthew, from Jesus’ baptism, through his ministry and Nazareth, to the events of Holy Week, culminating at the Cross. Each station includes a Scripture reading, a brief reflection, and an interactive object that will lead to a deeper walk with Christ on Good Friday. The journey takes between 30-45 minutes.

Sunday 9:30 a.m. – Easter Celebration. We will gather for a wonderful morning of worship with music from our choir, as well as a brass ensemble. Pastor Robb will share a joyful Easter sermon and all are invited to Communion. There will be a kids’ Easter egg hunt after the service in Epworth Hall.

Rest – Reflect – Renew

This evening service of prayer, music, and quiet reflection is a way to decompress at the end of the day. It is a holy moment to close a busy day and look forward to a restful evening. This is a perfect way to rest, reflect, and renew your spiritual journey toward Easter.

The Evening Vespers service will take place every Wednesday in Lent, from March 1-April 5 from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Star Words to start the new year

On the first Sunday (and first day) of the year, we will celebrate Epiphany Sunday, which commemorates the visitation of Christ by the Magi from the East. The Magi, guided by a star, brought gifts to the newborn King, and thwarted King Herod’s plan for violence.

The Star Words will be given out to those in worship on Epiphany Sunday. Star Words is a contemporary tradition of passing out intention words on Epiphany—a tradition growing in popularity amongst many Protestant churches. Inspired by the Magi following the star to Jesus, selecting a star word to meditate on throughout the new year can deepen your self-reflection and prayer practices.

The use of star words is a prayer practice connected to Epiphany and the new year that has been growing in popularity in Protestant churches for nearly a decade now. The idea is that a list of intention words, or guiding words, are written or printed on paper stars. These paper stars are then arranged, most commonly face down, on the Communion Table or in a large basket. Individuals are often encouraged to place their star word somewhere they
will see it regularly throughout the year to allow consistent reflection on how God has moved through, around, or in connection to that word.