What’s On Your Plate?

Our worship series for the season of Lent will focus on fasting, not only from food, but from other things that get in

the way of a deeper relationship with God.  St. John Chrysostom, a 4th century preacher, writes

Do you fast?  Give me proof of it by your works.

If you see a poor man, take pity on him.

If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him.

Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye, and     the feet, and the hands, and all members of our bodies.

Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice.

Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin.

Let the eyes fast, by disciplining them not to glare at  that which is sinful.

Let the ear fast by not listening to evil talk and gossip.

Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism.

For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes,  but bite and devour our brothers? 

(from Homily III:8 “On the Statutes”)


Each week we will explore new ways to set aside things that take up space time and space in our lives so that we can make room to be filled with God’s grace and mercy.


March 22 – Fasting with the Feet – Exodus 20:8-11

March 29 – Palm Sunday – Mark 11:1-11

Displaying Palm Sunday –March 29
Worship at 8:15 and 10:35

Procession of palms with the choir and children at 
10:35 a.m.
Maundy Thursday – April 2

Worship at 7:00 p.m.
We gather to remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and to celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Good Friday – April 3

Worship at 8:00 p.m.
In this meditative service, we will recall Jesus' crucifixion and death.

Easter Sunday – April 5
6:30 a.m.
 Sunrise service in the chapel, led by Kurt Cooper and ESU Campus Ministry students
7:30-10:00 a.m.
 – Breakfast in Fellowship Hall
8:15 a.m.
 – Easter Sunday Worship and Communion
10:00 a.m.
 – Children’s Easter Egg Hunt-Preschool children in Parlor/Elementary in Sanctuary
10:35 a.m.
 -  Easter Sunday Worship and Communion

You are invited to purchase Easter Lilies to decorate our santuary for Easter Morning! You may do so in honor or memory of your loved ones. Our lilies are $20 per plant. 

We have a limited amount so please call the church office today or pick up an order

form at church on Sundays.

The deadline to order is March 30, 2015.

Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.



Sunday Morning

8:15 a.m. and 10:35 a.m.

Sunday School 9:15 a.m. (all ages)

Jeannie Jensen

Senior Pastor

Michelle Byerly

Associate Pastor

Kurt Cooper

ESU Campus Minister

First United Methodist Church

823 Merchant

Emporia, Kansas  66801

(620) 342-6186


The 10:35 service is broadcast live on KVOE (1400) AM radio and live streamed at

KVOE.com. It is also tape delayed on Cable One Channel 70 at 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

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