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Final Easter Bible Study: Monday, May 6th @ 6:30 PM

This evening we will have the last of our Easter Bible Studies! We will gather in the parlour of the church and on Zoom at 6:30 PM to read through and explore the meaning of 1 Corinthians 15:1-26, 51-57.

In this part of his letter to the Corinthians, Paul drives home the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus to the Christian faith. He starts by affirming the Gospel message, that Christ taught, died, and was raised.

His argument is that without the resurrection, faith would be futile, that we would still be trapped in and bound by our sin. The intent, as with other parts of this letter, is to remind the people of the church of Corinth of their connectedness to one another in Christ.

The conversation guide can be found here.

The Zoom link is below:

https://zoom.us/j/92733483423?pwd=a0xDOSszTFhScUxXdHI2QjN3ZmV4UT09

For those who are prompted for a password, use the following code: 728658

Hope to see you there tonight!

Easter Bible Study: Monday, April 29 @ 6:30 PM

We continue our Bible Study this coming Monday at 6:30 PM in the parlour and on Zoom. The Zoom link is available below:

https://zoom.us/j/92733483423?pwd=a0xDOSszTFhScUxXdHI2QjN3ZmV4UT09

We continue this week in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 13:1-13), a place where people are in deep disagreement over which teachings and teachers to which they should be devoting themselves.

In this passage, Paul reminds the people that their attitudes towards one another, and indeed towards their work and the work should be centred on love. God’s love is what guided Jesus’ ministry, and that same love should guide our relationships.

May we strive to live with such love in our church today.

All are welcome to this Bible study, whether you want to attend in person or online. A study guide is available here.

See you Monday evening!

Easter Bible Study: Monday, April 22 @ 6:30 PM

We continue our Bible Study this coming Monday at 6:30 PM in the parlour. The Zoom link is available below:

https://zoom.us/j/92733483423?pwd=a0xDOSszTFhScUxXdHI2QjN3ZmV4UT09

Both of these readings are concerned with the church in Corinth, but from two perspectives: before its founding and after.

Unlike the reading about the founding of the church in Thessalonica, these readings have almost no conflict, at least not on the surface, or right away. Ultimately, they show us how easily and quickly we divide ourselves into camps of faithful. For them it was claiming to be followers of different teachers, and for us we have different denominations. Here we see how little things sometimes change in this church of ours.

All are welcome to this Bible study, whether you want to attend in person or online. A study guide is available here.

See you Monday evening!

Special Events Fundraiser

The Special Events Committee is selling 20 – 9inch wooden crosses made by Larry Forward, as a fund raiser for NUC. The cost of each cross is $20.00. Contact Larry at 506-450-5144 or larryforward46@gmail.com

Easter Bible Study: Monday April 15th @ 6:30 PM

We continue our Bible Study this coming Monday at 6:30 PM in the parlour. The Zoom link is available below:

https://zoom.us/j/92733483423?pwd=a0xDOSszTFhScUxXdHI2QjN3ZmV4UT09

Both of these readings are concerned with the church in Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-9 and 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10), but from two perspectives: before its founding and after.

These readings show us the tension and struggles that come when new ideas are introduced. By some they are well received and by others they are seen as a threat to the already established identity.

They also show us that being the church at any point in history comes with issues that are not dissimilar to our own.

All are welcome to this Bible study, whether you want to attend in person or online. A study guide is available here.

See you Monday evening!

Easter Bible Study: Monday April 8th at 6:30 PM

We continue our Bible Study this coming Monday at 6:30 PM in the parlour. The Zoom link is available below:

https://zoom.us/j/92733483423?pwd=a0xDOSszTFhScUxXdHI2QjN3ZmV4UT09

This week we shift from hearing stories of things Jesus said and did, and focus on the things that his disciples did. Before leaving them, Jesus gave the disciples a mission to share the good news, to bring healing to the people, and to spread God’s love to all. In today’s reading, Acts 3:1-10, we hear of one of the most well known disciples, Peter, living fully into the mission that Christ gave to him. When confronted with a man who had been unable to walk since birth, Peter offers him healing and hope.

All are welcome to this Bible study, whether you want to attend in person or online. A study guide is available here.

See you Monday evening!

Easter Bible Study: Monday April 1st at 6:30 PM

We continue our Bible Study this coming Easter Monday at 6:30 PM in the parlour. The Zoom link is available below:

https://zoom.us/j/92733483423?pwd=a0xDOSszTFhScUxXdHI2QjN3ZmV4UT09

This week, as we move into the Easter season, we will be following the steps of the disciples in the wake of Jesus’ ascension. After he was raised, he spent several weeks with his disciples, offering them words of encouragement and teachings. In our reading this week, Acts 1:1-14, we hear the opening words of the book, and start that journey with our first century kindred.

All are welcome to this Bible study, whether you want to attend in person or online. A study guide is available here.

See you Monday evening!

Easter Message from Rev. Richard

Happy Easter!

We are a people born of a miracle. We are raised in a mystery.

Kindred in Christ, 

You don’t know this yet, but soon enough, you come to know that I say these words often. I do so to remind us of the kind of people we as Christians are called to be. As we seek the dawn of Easter, the hope that fills that empty tomb, these words are more significant than they have ever been. In the last year there has been a lot happening to discourage us with wars and conflict continuing to rage around the world. As we look into the tomorrows to come, we need to remind ourselves that hope is part of our DNA as people of faith.

We are a people born of a miracle.

Every year Christians walk the long road to Easter, let loose with cries of joy and celebration, and then move on as though nothing had changed, as though nothing had been made new. We gloss over the miracle of the Resurrection forgetting that this is the story that we have been telling our friends, neighbours and children for centuries. It is a story that promises life made new in Christ. How can we not stand in awe of life winning out over death! How can we not grasp hold of the story that tells us, in no uncertain terms, that as dark as things get, there is always a dawn, that when things feel like they are about to end, a new beginning waits just beyond our vision.

We are raised in a mystery.

As people of faith, as any people of faith, we put our trust in something beyond ourselves. However, that something isn’t just a neighbour or a trusted friend, rather it is an unseen, intangible force that is beyond our full understanding, and yet we know it so well. We have felt God’s hand in our lives. We have seen the work of God in creation and in the power of forgiveness. This great mystery allows us to ask questions when we don’t understand, to say, “I don’t know,” when we don’t have all the answers, but ultimately it reminds us that God is at work in us and in the world in ways we can’t yet imagine, but still pray for.

Ultimately we are a people of Hope. We Hope, that even in darkness, light will shine to lead the way. We Hope, that in death we are afforded the promise of new life. We Hope, that as bad as the world might seem now, tomorrow it can be better so long as we work with God and with each other to make it so. This is what the season of Easter is truly about: celebrating the Good News of Christ’s Resurrection, and living into a world of hope. With hope and the will to make that hope real, lives can be saved, mountains can be moved and worlds can change.

In our little part of the world at Nashwaaksis United Church, we can accomplish much together. As we celebrate Easter, let us carry that joy and that enthusiasm of our faith with us into the following months, bringing new life with us wherever we go.

May your days be filled with miracles from the mundane to the magnificent. 
May you find new strength and new courage to live out Christ’s call for you. 
As we seek the risen Christ, may he be found risen anew within us. AMEN

Yours in Christ,

The Reverend Richard Bowley

Ways to Worship During Holy Week

  • Maundy Thursday: We gather with our kindred in Christ at St. John the Evangelist on Thursday, March 28th at 7 PM to remember the Last Supper, and to share in the story.
  • Good Friday: At Nashwaaksis United Church on Friday, March 29th at 10:30 AM, we will gather at the foot of the cross to hear the story of Christ’s final moments. Bring your stones as we come to the end of our journey with them.
  • Easter Sunday Sunrise: At 7 AM we will come together with our kindred in Christ from St. John the Evangelist and Nashwaaksis Baptist Church at the Killarney Lake beach (or as close as we can get) as together we greet the risen son and rising sun.
  • Easter Sunday Communion Service: Later on Sunday morning we will have our regular 10:30 AM worship service, as we hear again of the mystery that has drawn us together in faith, and share in the feast that feeds our souls.

Easter Bible Study Starts Monday, March 25th at 6:30

The Lenten season is coming to a close, and that means that Easter is right around the corner. As we prepare to journey together to the empty tomb and beyond, we will have an opportunity to explore the text more deeply!

Starting on Monday, March 25th at 6:30 PM, we will have weekly Bible Study sessions to explore the coming Sunday’s text. We will start that journey with some of the women in Jesus’ life at the empty tomb as we read Mark 16:1-8. Along with being one of the earliest Gospel accounts of the resurrection, it is also one of the shortest.

You are invited to join in this study either in-person in the parlour at the church or on Zoom by following the link below:

https://zoom.us/j/92733483423?pwd=a0xDOSszTFhScUxXdHI2QjN3ZmV4UT09

All are welcome to come along on this journey through the season of Easter, whether you have every verse memorized, or you have trouble knowing where to find the Gospels. All questions, perspectives, and ideas are welcome as together we explore the Word.

To aid in the conversation, a conversation guide is available for download. We may or may not cover the questions outlined here, but they may help as you explore the reading on your own or with others. You can download it by following this link.

Easter Message

EASTER MESSAGE - Throughout this time of Lent, we have been reminded to act generously, express gratitude, pray for those who challenge us, share our faith, lean into loneliness, and finally to sacrifice - give what we cherish. As you reflect on the Easter message and the joy and hope that comes through the resurrection, we encourage you to be mindful of the struggles, challenges, and sacrifices that many in our community and beyond have to face along with the hope, joy, and inspiration they receive through the programs, services, and support by the work of many people in our church. 
Our mission states "we are a community of believers in Jesus Christ...a caring people reaching out to each other, our neighbors, and all Gods people". On the following dates: Mar 17, Mar 24 ( Palm Sunday), and 31 March ( Easter Sunday), you will find special Easter Offering envelopes available for pick up (if you choose), located on the tables in the vestibule. Envelopes may also be picked up from the office during scheduled hours. We invite you to use this envelope to make an Easter offering as an expression of support to our church, programs, and services provided to the congregation, our community, and beyond. Your envelope can be placed in the offering plate next week or returned to the church office. Thank you for your generosity. 
Rob Burton, Chair Finance

EASTER MESSAGE – Throughout this time of Lent, we have been reminded to act generously, express gratitude, pray for those who challenge us, share our faith, lean into loneliness, and finally to sacrifice – give what we cherish. As you reflect on the Easter message and the joy and hope that comes through the resurrection, we encourage you to be mindful of the struggles, challenges, and sacrifices that many in our community and beyond have to face along with the hope, joy, and inspiration they receive through the programs, services, and support by the work of many people in our church. 

Our mission states “we are a community of believers in Jesus Christ…a caring people reaching out to each other, our neighbors, and all Gods people”. On the following dates: Mar 17, Mar 24 ( Palm Sunday), and 31 March ( Easter Sunday), you will find special Easter Offering envelopes available for pick up (if you choose), located on the tables in the vestibule. Envelopes may also be picked up from the office during scheduled hours. We invite you to use this envelope to make an Easter offering as an expression of support to our church, programs, and services provided to the congregation, our community, and beyond. Your envelope can be placed in the offering plate next week or returned to the church office. Thank you for your generosity. 

Rob Burton, Chair Finance

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46 Main Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3A 1C1

506-458-9452 (Church Office)
506-262-2150 (Rev. Richard's Cell)

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Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday 9am to 2pm

Rev. Richard's Drop-in Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 10:30 AM to 1 PM

We dedicate the revitalization of our online presence to the memory of the late Mary Hicks.  We are grateful for Mary’s personal estate bequest in support of the work and mission of Nashwaaksis United Church.

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