Worship

Easter Sunday at JCC (plus neighboring Bartlett options)

  • 6:15am • SUNRISE SERVICE
    @ Presidential Drive Cul-de-Sac, Jackson, NH

    • Dress warmly as this is an outdoor service
    • Songs, prayers, reflection, and readings
  • 9:45am • LENTEN CHOIR PRACTICE @ JCC
    • Come to the sanctuary to practice Easter song
  • 10:30am  • EASTER WORSHIP @ JCC
    with Zoom & livestream to website and Facebook (we will not use Zoom)

  • 10am : • EASTER SERVICE @ Bartlett Congregational Church
    • Bartlett Congregational Church, Bartlett village
    • Officiant: Rev,. John Heropoulos
  • 11:30am • HOSPITALITY @ JCC
  • 11am – 2pm • COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT
    @ Jackson Community Church campus and surrounding village grounds

Holy Week

HOLY WEEK
Items in purple are part of JCC’s Lenten offerings

TUE-SAT (evening)

  • WAY of the CROSS
    Ongoing • JCC Sanctuary

    • Icons and stations of cross available for personal spiritual contemplation and journey

THURS, Mar 28: MAUNDY THURSDAY

  • 6pm • WORSHIP SERVICE with Washing of Feet
    • Service hosted at Bartlett Congregational Church
    • Co-sponsored by JCC
    • During the service, the washing of the feet involves 12 representatives to represent the 12 disciples, 6 from JCC and 6 from Bartlett, and feet are washed by Rev Gail and Rev John
  • Followed by SOUP SUPPER

FRI, Mar 29: HOLY FRIDAY

  • 12-3pm • HOLY VIGIL @ JCC
    • Readings at Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm for  Holy Vigil @ JCC
    • Way of the Cross with interactive stations
  • 6:30pm • SERVICE of SHADOWS
    @ Nativity Lutheran, North Conway, NH

    • Ecumenical Worship led by clergy from member churches of Clergy of the Eastern Slope

SUN, Mar 31: EASTER SUNDAY

  • 6:15am • SUNRISE SERVICE
    @ Presidential Drive Cul-de-Sac, Jackson, NH

    • Dress warmly as this is an outdoor service
    • Songs, prayers, reflection, and readings
  • 9:45am • LENTEN CHOIR PRACTICE @ JCC
    • Come to the sanctuary to practice Easter song
  • 10:30am  • EASTER WORSHIP @ JCC
    with Zoom & livestream to website and Facebook

  • 11:30am • HOSPITALITY @ JCC
  • 11am – 2pm • COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT
    @ Jackson Community Church campus and surrounding village grounds

Ash Wednesday reflection

If you have become ash,
Then wait, you become a rose again.
And do not remember how often you have become ash,
But how often you were reborn in ashes to a new rose.

~ Rumi

I can hear the sizzle of newborn stars, and know anything of meaning, of the fierce magic emerging here. I am witness to flexible eternity, the evolving past, and I know we will live forever, as dust or breath in the face of stars, in the shifting pattern of winds. — Joy Harjo

Will You Meet Us? — Jan Richardson
Will you meet us in the ashes,
will you meet us in the ache
and show your face within our sorrow
and offer us your word of grace:
That you are life within the dying,
that you abide within the dust,
that you are what survives the burning,
that you arise to make us new.
And in our aching, you are breathing;
and in our weeping, you are here
within the hands that bear your blessing,
enfolding us within your love.

SONGS about DUST & ASHES: 


Joel 2:12-13
Yet even now, says the Lord,  return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;  rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord your God, for God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love…


Rend Your Heart
A Blessing for Ash Wednesday

—Jan Richardson

To receive this blessing, all you have to do
is let your heart break.
Let it crack open.
Let it fall apart / so that you can see
its secret chambers, the hidden spaces
where you have hesitated / to go.
Your entire life
is here, inscribed whole
upon your heart’s walls:
every path taken
or left behind,
every face you turned toward
or turned away,
every word spoken in love
or in rage,
every line of your life
you would prefer to leave
in shadow,
every story that shimmers
with treasures known
and those you have yet
to find.
It could take you days
to wander these rooms.
Forty, at least.
And so let this be
a season for wandering,
for trusting the breaking,
for tracing the rupture
that will return you
to the One who waits,
who watches,
who works within
the rending
to make your heart
whole.

MARKED by ASHES (excerpt) —Walter Brueggeman  
Ruler of the Night, Guarantor of the day . . .
This day — a gift from you.
This day — like none other you have ever given,
or we have ever received.
This Wednesday dazzles us
with gift and newness and possibility.
This Wednesday burdens us
with the tasks of the day,
for we are already halfway home
halfway back to committees and memos,
halfway back to calls and appointments,
halfway on to next Sunday,
halfway back, half frazzled, half expectant,
half turned toward you, half rather not.
This Wednesday is a long way from Ash Wednesday,
but all our Wednesdays are marked by ashes —
we begin this day with that taste of ash in our mouth:
of failed hope and broken promises,
of forgotten children and frightened women,
we ourselves are ashes to ashes,
dust to dust; we can taste our mortality
as we roll the ash around on our tongues.
We are able to ponder our ashness with some confidence,
only because our every Wednesday of ashes anticipates
your Easter victory over that dry, flaky taste of death.
On this Wednesday, we submit our ashen way to you —
you Easter parade of newness.
Before the sun sets, take our Wednesday and Easter us,
Easter us to joy and energy and courage and freedom;
Easter us that we may be fearless for your truth.
Come here and Easter our Wednesday
with mercy and justice and peace and generosity.
We pray as we wait for the
Risen One who comes soon.

PRAYER — Mary Oliver

May I never not be frisky,
May I never not be risque.

May my ashes, when you have them, friend,
and give them to the ocean,

leap in the froth of the waves,
still loving movement,

still ready, beyond all else,
to dance for the world.

MEDITATIONS on MUD & SOIL
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

It is possible of course to get stuck in the “mud” of life. It’s easy enough to notice mud all over you at times. The hardest thing to practice is not allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by despair. When you’re overwhelmed by despair, all you can see is suffering everywhere you look. You feel as if the worst thing is happening to you. But we must remember that suffering is a kind of mud that we need in order to generate joy and happiness. Without suffering, there’s no happiness. So we shouldn’t discriminate against the mud. We have to learn how to embrace and cradle our own suffering and the suffering of the world, with a lot of tenderness.

— and —

The soil of our mind contains many seeds, positive and negative. We are the gardeners who identify, water, and cultivate the best seeds.

Living Psalm 51—Ash Wednesday
Confession for Creation Justice
Written by Maren Tirabassi

To any leader. A Psalm of David, when he took what he wanted, uncaring of the death and damage it caused, which was great.

Have mercy on us, O God,with the love that shaped all creation,
for we confess that we have been the ones
who blotted out —
made endangered and extinct —
creatures of air and land
by destroying their habitats.

If there is any clean water left, wash us,
but only after the creatures
of the oceans and lakes and rivers
return and are healed.

For we know our transgression —
we have torn off the tops of mountains
and our sin has fracked deep
into the very fissures of the earth.

Against you, melting your glaciers, we sin,
and we have done what is evil,
so that wildfires rage across
Australia, California,
and the Amazon rainforest
and the fox and koala and ocelot
judge us by their death.

Indeed, we are guilty against the newly born
who will be eleven years-old,
when our greed changes their earth
beyond hope of repair.

You desire truth,
but we clutch lies about the climate.
Help us repent so we can hear wisdom,
and make us wise enough to repent.

Let us not be clean,
but dirty in a community garden,
and wet with sweat
because we have walked and biked,
taken buses instead of cars,
cleaned ourselves with quick showers.

Let us taste the joy of locavores,
celebrate grizzly, wolf, gray whale,
sea lion, panda,
who have come back to thriving.

Most of all — let our hearts be stirred
not by what makes us wealthy in money
but what makes us wealthy in future.

Create in us a pure heart, O God,
and renew in us
the Spirit that hovers over your creation.

Then we will let our children teach us,
honor sacred lands of indigenous peoples,
open our lips for national parks
and our mouths for wildlife refuges.

Deliver us from being destroyers, O God,
and give us tongues that call for change.

For you have no delight
when we pile abundance on abundance.
The gift that pleases you
is one pollinator saved —
butterfly and bee, O God, is our acceptable prayer.

Ash Wednesday Provocation (day 1 of Lent)

Word for DAY 1 (Ash Wednesday) of Lent: WASTED AWAY.

This phrase comes from Psalm 32: 1-5, from the Narrative Lectionary associated with the first day of Lent. Throughout Lent, we will post words from each week’s scripture and music videos that address the themes raised by those phrases (lifted from the context of the Biblical passage).

Below we share two videos that connect to the idea of WASTED AWAY. They both struggle with the value of human life, and measure it differently.

The words and images in this first country music video by military veteran Graham Trude are especially heavy and could be triggering, as they grapple with suicidality, so please **proceed with caution**. The lyrics and images also convey the truth of deep trauma and pain, and are searingly honest.

How would you respond to hearing someone in such pain?

Here is a second music video also called Wasted Away, featuring the work of rap artist Tinn Mann.

ASH WEDNESDAY: Ashes to Go in Jackson & Glen (Wed, Feb 14)

Come by for Ashes to Go:

  • 8am – J-Town Deli
  • 10:30am • Jackson Community Church
  • 12:30pm • McSheffreys North / Glen Ledge Deli
  • 2:30pm • • Jackson Community Church

Receive ashes and a blessing for the beginning of your spiritual journey through Lent.

Those who want a full worship service are invited to Nativity Lutheran Church for a community service marking the start of the season.

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