Palm Sunday
9am Live Stream Worship www.facebook.com/hawleyumc

10:30am Drive-by Palm Parade!
Meet in the church parking lot at 10:15am to join the parade! Enter the parking lot from Maple St. Someone with gloved hands will hand palms to you through your window. The parade will leave at 10:30am out the back of the parking lot to make a loop around town. Wave those palms out your windows while we follow the parade route. ***Those in high risk categories, please stay home and stay healthy. Please email or call the church office if you would like to have palms delivered to your door step after the parade!   

Holy Thursday April 9th
6pm Live Stream “Patterns at the Table”
Set up a computer, phone, or other device at your dinner table and join us for a meal and worship in the style of the early Christians. (Take a picture of dinner to share in the comments!) What are the patterns Jesus practiced at dinner with the disciples? We will include a ritual of hand washing and blessings for the meal. www.facebook.com/hawleyumc

Good Friday
April 10th 7pm Tenebrae Service. Each home will need one candle and a match or lighter for this candle. Before we begin the service, turn on seven lights in your home. Any lights: Wall switch, lamp, flashlight, etc. Join us as we tell the story of Jesus' death. 

Easter Vigil

Sign up to participate in the Easter Prayer Vigil – 

Click here to sign up for a half-hour slot and pray intentionally during this

night before Easter  or Easter dawns at home.


Easter Sunday
6:15am Sunrise Live Stream from the parsonage deck! Join Pastor Michelle for a brief service of prayer and praise. www.facebook.com/hawleyumc

9am Live Stream Worship Details TBA www.facebook.com/hawleyumc

“Patterns of the Soul” 
Lent 2020: Ash Wednesday February 26 through Good Friday April 10  

Lectionary Year A 

“Patterns of the Soul”

Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. (Joel 2:12) 


Lent is a season when we intentionally return to God with all our heart. Perhaps you gave something up for Lent in previous years. This is a common form of fasting during the Lenten season. The idea is to give up something to make more room for God. It is meant to be a habit, a ritual, a pattern that turns our hearts to God. But what if instead of giving up something we added something? During this Lenten season, we will explore patterns of prayer. Practices that turn us back to God. Patterns that shape our soul, our very being, in the image of God. Patterns of rest, study, presence, grace, listening, healing and life. You are invited to practice these patterns at home, in worship, and at prayer stations in the back of the sanctuary. Come, return to God with new patterns of prayer to feed your soul.

 5th Sunday of Lent: March 29, 2020 
“Patterns of Healing” 
Ezekiel 37:1-14 & John 11:1-45 

I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil;  
then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act," says the LORD. (Ezekiel 37:14) 

Dry bones, and Lazarus, are going to rise again. We all have personal stories of healing and resurrection. We want to be the bones that receive the breath of new life. Patterns of healing unbind us from the clothes that weigh us down and remind us that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. This week, we share our own stories of resurrection and practice healing patterns of prayer. Come alive through laying on of hands and anointing. 

Palm Sunday: April 5, 2020  
“Patterns of Life” 
Matthew 21:1-11 & Matthew 26 & 27 

The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,  
"Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 
Hosanna in the highest heaven!" (Matthew 21:9) 

Jesus arrived in Jerusalem to a parade and celebration. “Hosanna!” let’s sing, dance, and rejoice on the name of God! Patterns of life are the things we do; the actions we intentionally participate in to glorify God. They include praise and prayer, dancing in celebration and walking with Jesus to his death. Come join the parade as we celebrate with palms and walk together in prayer through our own town.  

Holy Thursday: April 9, 2020 
“Meal Patterns” 
John 13 

Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet 
and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. (John 13:5) 

There are patterns we typically follow when we prepare for a meal. We set the table, we wash our hands, we pray, we eat and drink. We might even end with desert. Tonight we practice the meal patterns Jesus practiced the night before he was arrested. We set the table, we wash (hands), we pray, we eat a meal together, and we remember Jesus’ last meal with the bread and the wine. 

Good Friday: April 10, 2020 
“Prayer Patterns” 
Hebrews 10:16-25 & John 18 

Let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean 
from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:22) 

Prayer is really about coming to God. It’s not about the words, the place, or the position of your hands. Prayer doesn’t require your eyes to be closed, it just requires your heart to be open. Tonight we approach the cross with open hearts, full of faith. We pray through the scriptures and begin a prayer vigil to keep watch until the resurrection. 

“Wanderers along the Way”
Canceled / Postponed
This Series is postponed until we can get back together. Watch for more information.

Easter: April 12, 2020 
Wanderers on the Way: Early Departure John 20:1-18 

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.  
-- John 20:1 

It was an early morning, perhaps still dark outside, when Mary found the tomb open and Jesus missing. But it was also on this early morning that Mary encountered Jesus and began a journey to share this encounter with others. Today, we are preparing for our own journey to encounter God and share our story with others. It's early morning as we pack our bags and print our boarding pass. Everyone is excited about the journey ahead as we travel with other wanderers along the Way.  

Easter 2: April 19, 2020 
Encounter God: Digital Proof 
John 20:19-31 

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." -- John 20:24-25 

Thomas struggled to believe in the resurrection without seeing Jesus himself. The disciples didn’t have proof of their encounter. The post resurrection stories, and probably the whole Bible, would be completely different if the disciples had a polaroid camera to get evidence of the encounter. Today, we wander together even in our doubt. What proof do we have of the risen Christ? Are there pictures of Jesus on your phone or your social media? Where do we see proof of God’s presence in our lives? 

Easter 3: April 26, 2020  

Encounter God: Bread for the Journey Luke 24:13-35 
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. --Luke 24:30-31 

The disciples traveled to Emmaus talking about the recent death and rumored resurrection of Jesus. They are joined by another wanderer and ask him to stay with them at the next village. At this rest stop, they gather for a meal and the disciples finally recognize their companion as the risen Christ. As Christians, we still recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread. And at Hawley UMC we are committed to breaking bread and sharing wine every week. This is the food that keeps us wandering along the Way. 

Easter 4: May 3, 2020  
Walk Together: The Key to Life 
John 10:1-10

I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." --John10:9-10 

Jesus is the shepherd that leads us into abundant life. The sheep hear his voice and know him. They follow as he leads. But sheep are almost never alone, they are always part of a group. In fact, it is dangerous to be a sheep out on your own. It is also dangerous to wander around in our faith as a solo Christian. The most abundant life requires both community and leadership. Wanderers travel together with Jesus, the key to abundant life. When we walk together in faith, we find the key to open the gate and follow the shepherd.


 Easter 5: May 10, 2020 
Walk Together: Follow the Way 
John 14:1-14 

Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. --John 14:5-6 


The disciples really didn’t understand all the things Jesus told him about his death and resurrection. How could they possibly follow Jesus if they didn’t know the way? They didn’t have a map, a tour guide or a GPS. They didn’t even know the destination! But, the Bible tells us Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Bible acts as our guide along the Way, our GPS as we wander together. When we find ourselves confused, turned around, or even lost, someone else will help us read the guide. 


Easter 6: May 17, 2020  
Seek to Serve: Power of Love 
John 14:15-21
They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them." --John 14:2


We love because we are loved. Jesus taught his disciples to live a life of love and sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and give us the power of love. You might say the Spirit is our charger cord, making us fully charged to live the power of love as we serve the world. Wanderers always need a boost of energy to make it through the next part of the journey.  


Easter 7 (Ascension Sunday) May 24, 2020 
Seek to Serve: Healing the World 
Luke 24:44-53 

"Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. Luke 24:46-48 


Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus named his disciples as witnesses to his life, death, and resurrection. They were charged with carrying the story of repentance and forgiveness to all nations. We, too, are charged with sharing the story of God’s grace. It is in this story that all wanderers find healing and wholeness. Wanderers need a first-aid kit to care for injuries along the Way. At his ascension, Jesus equipped us to offer his first-aid to the world. 


Pentecost: May 31, 2020 
Welcoming Wanderers  
Acts 2:1-21
Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? --Acts 2:7-


There were many wanderers in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. They came from all over the world and spoke many languages, but this didn’t keep them from communicating. Somehow, the Spirit allowed them to understand each other in their own language. Here at HUMC, our vision is to welcome all wanderers along the Way. Chances are we won’t understand all of the wanderers that join us, but the Spirit can translate any language. 



A Word About Children

Children are always welcome in worship at Hawley UMC! We love to worship as an intergenerational congregation, and we encourage children to participate in the worship service. Lap desks with crayons, notebook, pencil, and markers are always available at the back of the sanctuary. In addition, children at the 10am service are usually given a hands on, quiet activity related to the sermon.   

Please return lap desks and supplies to the baskets by the door as you leave so we can prepare them for the next week. Sometimes, young children need to make noise or move beyond the pews. When this happens, we encourage you to take children into the memorial walkway until they are ready to come back to worship.

Children under 5 are also welcome to play during the service in our staffed nursery. Nursery children usually return to their parents in the sanctuary for communion.

Altar Flowers

If you would like to donate alter flowers in honor or remembrance of someone special in your life, please contact the church office at 570-226-3875 or email hawleymc@verizon.net .

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