Friday Night Vespers in the Garden

Over the past three years, my wife has worked to changed parts of the church property into two gardens. The first garden was put in corner of the church building and has become a place of prayer and meditation.

The second was begun in a plot of land next to the church that no one knew was church property. (It is amazing what happens when you put up a fence.) The first nine pictures are pictures of the Children’s Garden; the second set of nine are pictures of the prayer garden.

The back portion of this plot is now planted with green beans, red and green peppers, Italian parsley, cucumbers, green and yellow squash, basil, tomatoes, eggplant, and collard greens. When it is time to harvest these vegetables, they will be donated to our church’s food bank for distribution.

And starting tonight and continuing each Friday, we are going to have a short Vespers service. Each service will have a theme and a selected Scripture reading. Lay speakers and musicians from our church and other churches in the district will provide the message and music.

The schedule for this summer is

Date Theme Scripture
June 26, 2009 “The Cost of Servanthood” 2 Corinthians 13: 5 – 10
July 3, 2009 “The Power of the Gospel” 1 Corinthians 1: 18 – 31
July 10, 2009 “The Church For Others” John 17:20 – 26
July 17, 2009 “Patience” Luke 8: 11 – 15
July 24, 2009 “God, Our Source of Hope” 1 Corinthians 1: 9
July 31, 2009 “God’s Abundant Provision” Colossians 1: 1 – 14
August 7, 2009 “Prayers and Promises” Acts 12: 1 – 11
August 14, 2009 “The Kingdom Comes” Matthew 4: 18 – 25
August 21, 2009 “Jesus Is The Way” Luke 5: 27 – 39
August 28, 2009 “True Greatness” Matthew 5: 1 – 11
September 4, 2009 “Forgiveness” Luke 6: 37 – 42

The vespers start at 7 and you are welcome to attend if you are in the neighborhood. Grace United Methodist Church is at 468 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550 ( MAP).


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