Gathering and Brunch
10am, April 16
Easter Sunday we will get together to celebrate, in word, song, and food. We will begin at 10am. You are welcome to bring some food to share, or just show up and hang out. Hope to see you there.
We are a community who wants to live by faith, be known by love, and be a source of hope to those around us. We may be program poor, but we have a network of rich relationships. Much of the life of The Porch happens in and around the West Central neighborhood.
We hope you will join us some Sunday night as we gather for worship. If you'd like more information, the best way to get ahold of us via email.
The Stations of the Cross began as a remembrance that pilgrims had when they were retracing Jesus’ finals steps in Jerusalem up to the hill where He was crucified. Wanting to share that practice and experience with people who couldn’t make the trip to Jerusalem, they created local stations of meditation that became in itself a tradition. You can find this tradition on the inside of many churches still today.
This journey to the cross is not only a meditation of Jesus accomplishing what He came to do - the redemption of humanity through His own willful sacrifice - but it’s also a contemplation of Jesus silently participating in some of the worst aspects of being human. We see Him being tempted to give up. Being betrayed by a friend. Being convicted in an unjust political system. Physical pain. Mockery. Public humiliation. Broken family relationships. And one of our greatest fears... having to die. These are all aspects of human life that He was not insulated from. In fact on the cross He quotes King David saying “My God My God, Why have you forsaken me?”... as if to say ”Why is it like this?” He was one who was not separate from our own suffering.
Many of us feel the weight of anxiety and fear as we journey through the current world. We are told many narratives of how it is and what is to come. During this season of Lent, we as a community look to the life and teachings of Jesus. We think that One who was in the midst of such political and empirical turmoil, who spoke the words of “Be not afraid”... and “Come to me all you are weary and carrying a heavy load, for I will give you rest”... is someone who can illuminate our desperate viewpoint.
These stations are a cross-section of elements, ideas, and objects from Jesus’ journey to the cross. As you work through these stations, may you see the that we are not troubled guests in this world... that we are not forsaken... and that the good news of this season was expressed best by Jesus when He said...
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
One of the disciplines of the Christ life is generosity. The freer we are to release our time, our possessions, our money. . .the less power these things have over us. Giving is a normal response to our experience of God. We hope you will discover the discipline of generosity in many different ways.
The Porch depends on the regular tithes of its members as well as gifts from partners outside of our local church. We encourage responsible giving, meaning we ask that you only give out of abundance and joy. We ask that people not use credit or give out of guilt. This button is provided for your convenience, but we ask that you use debit only or send your checks directly to The Porch @ 1804 W. Broadway, Spokane, WA 99201. Thank you for your generosity.
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