This is My Body 

Lent is a season for spiritual reflection and renewal. It is a moment for us to acknowledge and confess the ways we haven’t reflected the image of God who dwells within our bodies and to recommit ourselves to being the Body of Christ in the world. Throughout this season, we will explore scriptures, questions, and practices that engage our physical bodies and also help us reflect on our collective Body. How can we, individually and collectively, live into our oneness in Christ?

Ways to Embody Lent

  • Read: Lenten Book Study
    Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. or Fridays at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom
    Join the Fairmount and Antioch Baptist Church communities for a Lenten Book Study of If the Church Were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus by Phillip Gulley. Free books available at church. This book study is a challenging and thought-provoking examination of the author’s vision for today’s Church. Discover more about the book study.  Click here for the Zoom link. (Meeting ID: 871 7352 0217  Passcode: 792689). Here’s our reading schedule.
  • Worship: Throughout Lent, our themes and scriptures will mirror our book study. Each Sunday we will reflect together the ways that we succeed and fail to embody Christ in our lives, our church, and our community.
  • Practice: Pick up a copy of our Embodied Practices booklet for Lent, or click here for the digital version, which provides daily practices to engage your body in intentional and deeply spiritual ways.

Movement Workshop
Monday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom

Body as Invitation: Practicing Loving Presence. This movement workshop is an opportunity to explore presence and connection with spirit in our bodies and will include invitations for movement, mindfulness, meditation, rest, and community conversation. Click here to learn more and to register.

Easter Flower Dedications 

On Easter Sunday, through your dedications in memory and in honor of loved ones, we decorate the sanctuary with spring flowers for our worship services. Your loved ones will be recognized in the Easter bulletin. Click here to fill out an Easter dedication and make a payment. On Sundays March 12th and 19th stop by Andersen Hall to fill out an Easter dedication form. The dedication deadline is Friday, March 31st.

Worship in Lent
Sunday, March 19: If the Church Were Christian…Gracious Behavior Would Be More Important Than Right Belief

Micah 6:6-8
Matthew 12:1-14

Rev. Ryan Wallace preaching

We tend to spend more time writing and debating statements about social issues than we do loving our neighbors and working for justice. We also tend to assume our beliefs are “correct” and look upon those with different beliefs with subtle contempt. God cares more about our behavior–showing compassion and doing justice–than our theology being “right” or our worship being “decent and in order.”

Sunday, March 26: If the Church Were Christian…Sunday Morning Wouldn’t Be the Most Segregated Hour of the Week

On this fifth Sunday in Lent, we will practice being present to our neighbors in an embodied way–by worshiping with them in their congregations. On this Sunday, all Fairmounters are encouraged to worship with our siblings in Christ at Antioch Baptist Church, Lee Road Baptist Church, or North Presbyterian Church. If you cannot travel to one of their congregations, we encourage you to livestream their worship services from home. Visit Present to Our Community Sunday for more information. 

Sunday, April 2–Palm Sunday: If the Church Were Christian…Peace Would Be More Important Than Power

One Worship Service at 11:00am, followed by Breaking Bread Lunch. The FPC Youth will be serving pancakes and raising funds for their Summer 2023 mission trip to Batey 105. 

Luke 19:28-44 and Micah 4:1-4
Rev. Ryan Wallace preaching

We have settled for negative peace–the absence of tension. And our fear of upsetting the status quo and the “powers that be” have led us to remain silent. Instead, we must work for positive peace–the presence of justice–crying out for God’s peace that seeks non-violent justice.

Easter: If the Church Were Christian…This Life Would be More Important than the Afterlife

Matthew 28

On Easter, we proclaim, “Christ is Risen! Alleluia!” The resurrection is good news indeed, but it’s not the end of the story. And the “new life” we have in Christ isn’t something we’re waiting for; we’re experiencing it right now. Jesus’ final words are a reminder to live this new life as he did.

Easter Worship at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.