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Digital NightLife (Last of the “School Year”) | 5.24.2020

Happy Sunday, friends!
It’s our last NightLife of the school year tonight! We’ll be joining together to finish up our study on Philippians and hope you’ll join us!
Our Zoom call will open around 5:50 and content will begin at 6:00. Hope to see you there!
Jenny
Password: 066002

Accessing Digital NightLife Meeting

There have been articles circulating this week about Zoom calls being breached, so I have put some extra safety measures in order.  Just before the call you will get an email and text with a password to join the call.  I will also be admitting people three members at a time to ensue we know everyone, so please be patient with me!  And please sign in with your real name instead of some kind of alias or nickname.

You can use a computer, tablet, or phone to access our NightLife Zoom call.  It will work best on a computer! If you use a computer, just click the link to the call below. If you are using a tablet or phone, download the Zoom app before logging in.  Head to this link to learn how to access with a mobile device: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO206_NezaY

Student Surveys (Summer + Seniors)

Fun fact: alliteration is one of my favorite literary tools, and the title of this post just happened to work out like that. It’s the little things.

We have two surveys available for students today.  The first is for all youth – it is about summer programming.  The second is for graduating seniors – it is about Senior Sunday.


Summer Survey

We can all agree that this summer is not looking the way we expected.  As churches continue to remain closed and reopening slowly moves through phases, we have to shift the way we operate.  We want to serve you and provide what you need during this season.  So, please take some time to give us some feedback and help us plan for the next couple of months.

Summer Survey

Summer Events

Operation Backyard – We were originally scheduled for June 5-6, but we will have to postpone that project at this time.  There is going to be a higher than normal need in the area because lots of teams have had to cancel or change their plans.  Our hope is to consider a project with OBY sometime this fall if we are cleared to do so.

MAD in the City – We are currently scheduled for July 12-15, but there are a lot of factors that will inform if we get to move forward as usual with this project.  The decision about MAD will be made and announced after Knox County has moved on to Phase II of reopening.  This decision will include Church Street staff, Wesley House staff, and medical recommendations.

Other Events – Other events such as rafting and the Smokies game are to be determined.  We can’t go to a Smokies game if they aren’t playing baseball!  Please keep your eyes peeled for more information about these over the summer.

Senior Survey

This has been a bizarre way to wrap up your high school career.  For that, I am so sorry.  I know it has been such a challenge to complete your work, study for exams, and have to miss out on so many of the important “lasts” that haven’t happened.  We all love you and want to celebrate you!  This starts with Senior Sunday as well as being honored in the Messenger.  Please fill out the survey below to give us the information we need!

Senior Survey

Digital NightLife | 5.3.2020

Happy May!
Even though it doesn’t feel much different, we’ve started a new month!  And we’re continuing with our NightLife study on Joy in Philippians.  It’s a beautiful day, but I hope you’ll take a little break from your regularly scheduled programming to join us tonight.
Our Zoom call will open around 5:45 and content will begin at 6:00.  Hope to see you there!
Jenny
Password: 066002

Accessing Digital NightLife Meeting

There have been articles circulating this week about Zoom calls being breached, so I have put some extra safety measures in order.  Just before the call you will get an email and text with a password to join the call.  I will also be admitting people three members at a time to ensue we know everyone, so please be patient with me!  And please sign in with your real name instead of some kind of alias or nickname.

You can use a computer, tablet, or phone to access our NightLife Zoom call.  It will work best on a computer! If you use a computer, just click the link to the call below. If you are using a tablet or phone, download the Zoom app before logging in.  Head to this link to learn how to access with a mobile device: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO206_NezaY

Digital NightLife | 4.26.2020

Hey friends!
We’re back to another Sunday, which means another installment of our Digital NightLife! We’ll continue to study the book of Philippians and learn from Paul’s heart of joy even in the midst of really challenging circumstances.
Our Zoom call will open around 5:45 and content will begin at 6:00.  Hope to see you there!
Jenny
Password: 066002

Accessing Digital NightLife Meeting

There have been articles circulating this week about Zoom calls being breached, so I have put some extra safety measures in order.  Just before the call you will get an email and text with a password to join the call.  I will also be admitting people three members at a time to ensue we know everyone, so please be patient with me!  And please sign in with your real name instead of some kind of alias or nickname.

You can use a computer, tablet, or phone to access our NightLife Zoom call.  It will work best on a computer! If you use a computer, just click the link to the call below. If you are using a tablet or phone, download the Zoom app before logging in.  Head to this link to learn how to access with a mobile device: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO206_NezaY

Digital NightLife | 4.19.20

Hey friends!
I sure miss seeing all of you in real life.  But, we’ll continue with our Digital NightLife until we can be together again.
Tonight, we’re jumping in to a new series called Joy No Matter What where we’ll study Paul’s letter to the Philippians.  Paul is such an amazing example of cultivating joy in the midst of trials, sorrow, and uncertainty and it feels right to learn from his instruction and encouragement right now.
Our Zoom call will open around 5:45 and content will begin at 6:00.  Hope to see you there!
Jenny
Password: 066002

Accessing Digital NightLife Meeting

There have been articles circulating this week about Zoom calls being breached, so I have put some extra safety measures in order.  Just before the call you will get an email and text with a password to join the call.  I will also be admitting people three members at a time to ensue we know everyone, so please be patient with me!  And please sign in with your real name instead of some kind of alias or nickname.

You can use a computer, tablet, or phone to access our NightLife Zoom call.  It will work best on a computer! If you use a computer, just click the link to the call below. If you are using a tablet or phone, download the Zoom app before logging in.  Head to this link to learn how to access with a mobile device: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO206_NezaY

Easter Family NightLife

Happy Easter! Oh, what a glorious day to celebrate the Resurrection of our Friend and Savior, Jesus.
We want to join together for a few, brief moments tonight to celebrate and worship. We want to invite youth and their families to join together. We won’t meet long, but will take some time to meditate on Scripture, share things we are grateful for, and be in fellowship together. It is hard not being with one another on special days like this. And we want to do what we can to be the body of Christ.
The call will open at 6:00. Can’t wait to see you all there!
Jenny
Password: 066002

Accessing Digital NightLife Meeting

There have been articles circulating this week about Zoom calls being breached, so I have put some extra safety measures in order.  Just before the call you will get an email and text with a password to join the call.  I will also be admitting people three members at a time to ensue we know everyone, so please be patient with me!  And please sign in with your real name instead of some kind of alias or nickname.

You can use a computer, tablet, or phone to access our NightLife Zoom call.  It will work best on a computer! If you use a computer, just click the link to the call below. If you are using a tablet or phone, download the Zoom app before logging in.  Head to this link to learn how to access with a mobile device: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO206_NezaY

Palm Sunday Worship + NightLife

Good afternoon everyone and happy Palm Sunday!

Usually on this night, we have our annual Lenten Worship Night, where we join together in prayer, worship, meditation, and repentance.  It is such a special time for us.  And while we can’t worship together in the Nave, we have come up with an alternative plan.

Below, you’ll find links to an audio recording, a PDF guide, and our at home worship playlist.  The audio is for guided prayer & mediation on Soundcloud.  It includes scripture from the psalms and John’s Gospel and liturgy from Every Moment Holy.  The PDF is a companion to the meditation audio and includes a journaling sheet for written prayers and reflections.  The At Home Worship is a playlist to assist you in worshiping on your own.

There is not a right or wrong way to do this.   You can listen by yourself or with your family. You can listen sitting inside or while you go on a walk. You can use the guide along with the audio or you can use the separately.  The idea is that we spend time worshipping independently at our homes but corporately at the same time.  So, we are asking folks to participate in this sometime between 5:15-6:00 and our Zoom call will start at 6:00.  If you have questions, just contact Jenny at jcross@churchstreetumc.org.

Accessing Digital NightLife Meeting

There have been articles circulating this week about Zoom calls being breached, so I have put some extra safety measures in order.  Just before the call you will get an email and text with a password to join the call.  I will also be admitting people three members at a time to ensue we know everyone, so please be patient with me!  And please sign in with your real name instead of some kind of alias or nickname.

You can use a computer, tablet, or phone to access our NightLife Zoom call.  It will work best on a computer! If you use a computer, just click the link to the call below. If you are using a tablet or phone, download the Zoom app before logging in.  Head to this link to learn how to access with a mobile device: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO206_NezaY

NightLife Zoom call link: https://zoom.us/j/838264123?pwd=Q2xuOVZWN3pzOEJGTFNUT1JlckdMUT09

Palm Sunday Lenten Worship Audio

Palm Sunday Lenten Worship PDF

Palm Sunday + Easter

This coming Sunday marks Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week.  As you probably know, we will not be meeting together for worship at Church Street on these holy days.  But, that doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate the glory of this season.

For Palm Sunday, there are two churchwide opportunities for worship:

  1. 10:00 Digital Worship (via YouTube)
  2. 4:00 Palm Sunday “Parade” (hosted by Children’s Ministry)

The links to each of these events will be come to you via email.

On Palm Sunday, we usually have our annual Lenten Worship Night.  And while we can’t participate together in the Nave, we have a special guided prayer and meditation opportunity for NightLife.  On Sunday afternoon, you’ll receive an email with instructions and the link to an audio guided prayer.  We would love for everyone to pray around the same time (in a window from 5:15-6:00) followed by our NightLife call at 6:00 for fellowship together.

During Holy Week, you’ll receive emails along with the whole congregation for prayers & a virtual Stations of the Cross experience.  On Good Friday, we will have another virtual worship experience as a congregation.  And Easter morning will have a digital worship experience similar to Palm Sunday’s set up.

One phrase I found myself saying is, “Easter is not cancelled. Jesus is already risen. It is finished.”  And while we know this logically, it is easy for the disappointment of broken traditions to override the Truth.  Jesus is risen, indeed.  As we move through the final days of Lent, let us say “Hosanna in the highest,” recognize the darkness of the cross, and celebrate the glory of the resurrection.

You are deeply loved, don’t forget that.

Quiet Time Resources

We’ve discussed that this quarantine is a BRILLIANT time to start or reset a quiet time practice. While we don’t have our normal daily routines, we do have some extra time on our hands, and this would be a great way to utilize the gift of time.  Marcy and I have compiled some of our favorite resources in this post!

When looking at a quiet time routine, these are some basic tools that you can mix and match to build something that fits you well. (This is not an exclusive list, but a good starting place.)

  • prayer
  • silence/meditation
  • scripture reading
  • journaling
  • devotion/book reading
  • worship songs
  • reflection/gratitude

When starting a quiet time routine, choose 2-3 of these and give them a try.  If you don’t know what to pray, choose a Psalm.  And if you don’t know what scripture to read, start with a Gospel and read through it a chapter or so at a time.

There are lots of different resources available to help you with quiet time.  Here are some helpful reminders.

  • Daily resources – devotions or reading plans that are matched with a day of the calendar year (correspond with a specific date)
  • Topical resources – devotions or reading plans that are grouped by themes or ideas (joy, anxiety, forgiveness, grace, etc)
  • Print media – physical resources such as Bibles, books, or journals
  • Digital media – apps, podcasts, records, websites, playlists, audiobooks, etc

Below, you’ll find descriptions and examples for some popular resources that could be helpful for you!

Devotions

Jesus Calling:  This devotion by Sarah Young is a daily reading that offers a meditation, scripture reading, and a prayer.  This is a great introductory resource and can provide you with structure and content while you develop a routine that works for you!

The Blue Book: The Blue Book by Jim Branch is a weekly devotional on different topics such as “Fear” “The Dance” “Waiting” and about 49 other topics.  His devotions include an opening and closing prayer, a psalm for the week, a daily passage, and different quotes, poems, and stories from people who have learned about the lord in this certain topic.  Then, there is a song to listen to for the week, prayer, and journaling listed.  I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to further their intimacy and awareness of the Lord.

Every Moment Holy:  This is a modern liturgy for everyday life. There are blessings and prayers for almost anything you can think of: dating, medical procedures, morning coffee, social media, and feeling awkward in social groups.  This is yet another resource to show God is with you in your everyday life, even in modern context.

The Book of Common Prayer: This is a similar, lofty, perhaps, resource to give liturgy to everyday life.  There is liturgy for the season of Lent, the Daily Office (prayers for different times of ordinary days), and many common places and occasions.  This book is a great day to show that even long ago, feelings and prayers relate to our feelings and prayers today for the Lord.

Apps

YouVersion Bible App: YouVersion is a super common bible app including the whole Bible, a daily verse, and many plans to give you a devotional daily as well as a daily Bible Reading.  This offers tons of topical and daily plans that you can subscribe to.  It also has a feature where you can link up with friends and go through plans together!

Through the Word: Through the word is Ramsey’s favorite online resource to learn about the historical context, themes, and general explanation of books of the bible.  There are about six minute segments on passages of the bible, taking you through whole books of the bible.  There are additionally plans on wisdom, leadership, beginning, and other themes of that sort. 

Podcasts

The Bible Recap – A daily podcast that corresponds with a chronicle reading of the Bible on the YouVersion app.  About 6-9 minutes per day that helps you understand the scripture you just read!

The Next Right Thing – A weekly podcast about decision making from a Biblical perspective.  Did you know the average person makes over 35,000 decisions a day?  BONKERS.  This podcast helps us see the small things of life as holy.

BibleProject – A weekly podcast that dives deep into scripture and provides in-depth conversations about the Bible and theology.  There are also videos available at bible project.com

Books

The Liturgy of the Ordinary:  This is a book all about taking regular things like brushing your teeth or eating leftovers and changing your perspective to see them as sacred.  A completely transformative and very practical look at our everyday lives!

The Ministry of Ordinary Places:  This book by Shannon Martin gives an account of everyday finding the Lord in small, ordinary places like cracked gravel or the moon in the morning.  It is transformative in the way that God can lead you in daily life through paying attention.

The Chronicles of Narnia:  An incredible, fantastical book series about the magical land of Narnia.  It’s an extended metaphor/allegory about Jesus’ love for us.  The characters are interesting and the stories are compelling.  And C.S. Lewis is Jenny’s favorite theologian, you’ll see why when you read this series.

Mere Christianity: This C.S. Lewis classic is a compilation of essays that were pulled from his incredible WWII radio broadcasts and turned into one of the world’s most influential books on becoming a Christian.  It is a bit dense and will require you to chew on the text – so it might take you a long time to get through it.  But it is so worth it!

The Jesus Storybook Bible:  This is actually a children’s Bible, but is designed to tell the stories of scripture like, well, stories.  It almost reads the way fairy tales do.  It might seem strange to have a kids book on the list, but reading familiar stories in this way will change the way you look at scripture!

Authors to Consider

  • C.S. Lewis
  • Henri Nouwen
  • Frederick Buechner
  • Emily P. Freeman
  • Annie F. Downs
  • A.W. Tozer

Do you have questions or other resources you’d like to add to the list?  Email Jenny at jcross@churchstreetumc.org!

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