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The Office of the University Chaplain, is located in the Adawe Center on the Ottawa campus. It provides University-wide coordination for faith exploration, civic engagement and spiritual growth. Additionally, it coordinates HomeTeam (host family), Community Tutoring, Heavenly Hosts, Justice Café and ‘Adventures in Faith’ programming as well as a variety of ‘student-concept’ clubs, under the auspices of the Fredrikson Center.

(Face or phone) appointment times can be set with the University Chaplain for questing conversations, faith-action planning or spiritual coaching. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to connect with Chaplain John by calling the Church and Faith Vitality Office at (785) 248-2578 or Susan Trendel at (785) 248-2331

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In the news...Chaplain John to receive recognition from ABHMS. 

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/21/15)—Selected by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) board of directors from nominations submitted by clergy and laypersons across the United States and Puerto Rico, a number of American Baptist clergy and lay leaders will receive awards for significant faith-based work.

“American Baptist Home Mission Societies is so proud to announce these ministry awards, which are testimony to the incarnation of God’s love and presence among us through these faithful and committed American Baptist disciples and servants,” says ABHMS Executive Director Dr. Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III. “Together, we American Baptists continue to touch communities and individuals across the United States and Puerto Rico with the peace and power of Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God.” Click here to see all of this year’s awards and recipients from ABHMS  Excerpt, regarding Chaplain John, follows: 

"The Rev. Dr. John Holzhüter, chaplain at Ottawa (Kan.) University, will receive the Newton C. Fetter Higher Education and Campus Ministry Award for significant innovation in campus ministry. A long-time advocate for the needs of disadvantaged youth and a strong proponent of restorative-justice approaches to juvenile crime, his “Kindling Faith through a Culture of Servant Leadership” program connected young adults, aged 18-29, to church families for servant leadership and group participation, based on actions of faith. Of the 167 participants, 81 percent had established a regular connection (at least three consecutive months) with a home church by program end. The program included home-support services to the elderly, children and the frail; first aid; self-defense and American Sign Language."

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the Rev. Dr.  

John Holzhüter ClinPsyD, DDiv 

University Chaplain 

 

A widower, with two grown sons, John is a long-time advocate for the needs of the frail and elderly and disadvantaged youth.   A clinical psychologist and Anglican Chaplain, much of his life’s work and writings focus on bringing the generations together, building legacy and honoring tradition. 

 

A former teacher, he also worked as secondary school administrator, the director of an alternative high school and has led large non profit agencies from start-up to national service footprints. In additional to past Chaplaincy roles with the Veteran’s Administration and VVA-Chapter 912 he has served as a ‘WorkForce Development Specialist’; assisting current and former military personnel, senior citizens and restorative justice case referrals.  He currently serves as University Chaplain (installation-wide) and leads the Fredrikson Center for Church and Faith Vitality, located at the residential campus.

 

Most recent published contributions:

 

Innovations in Higher Education: Igniting the Spark for Success (The ACE Series on Higher Education)  

 

Click the snapshot to see an article in this month's "The Christian Citizen"

 

2015 Directory of Fredrikson Clubs

"We would love to have you join in the work and play!"  Click on the link to find out more information or

                         Subscribe to event calendars.

ABC Mission Summit              Facebook Page    Coordinator  Sponsor: Paul Bean       Host: ABC-USA

Caregivers Network                 Webpage              Sponsor:  John Holzhüter   Host: ECKAA 

Community of Prayer             Facebook Page    Webpage      Sponsor:  John Holzhüter     Proctor   

Disaster Relief                        Sponsor:  John Holzhüter        Website           Host: The Winter Center 

EastWest Club                        Sponsor:  John Holzhüter     Host:  Academy of TaiQi 

Educator's Cadre                      Webpage            Sponsor:  Amy Hogan       PE Coordinator:       Tara Cunningham Huggard  

Elves and Angels                       Facebook Page     Webpage      Sponsor:  John Holzhüter      Proctor 

Exemplars (RoleModels & Mentors)       Sponsor: John Holzhüter     Proctor

Festival of Young Preachers   Facebook Page  Sponsor: John Holzhüter     Host: ABC-USA

Finishing School                       Sponsor: Josh Homolka   Trainer: John Holzhüter    Proctor

HomeTeam (community-student connections) Sponsor:  John Holzhüter    Host: The Winter Center 

HeavenlyHosts                                   Sponsor:  John Holzhüter     Host: The Winter Center 

Indigenous People's Cultural Club    Sponsor:  Beverly Rodgers  (This is now a student activity club!)

Justice Café   Facebook Page    Sponsor:  John Holzhüter    Host:Intercommunity Peace & JusticeCenter                     

Little by Little (Faith in Action & Service Club)  Sponsor:  John Holzhüter    Proctor

Poetry and Prayer  OU Sponsor:  John Holzhüter   Community Sponsor First Baptist Church

Sunday Clubs      Sponsor:  John Holzhüter   

T.G.i.F. (Together, Grieving in Fellowship)   Webpage     Sponsor: JoAnne Gibson Lucas

Women's Self Defense OU Sponsor:  John Holzhüter   Community Sponsor Ottawa Academy of TQ

Youth Tutoring Partnership    Webpage  Sponsor:  John Holzhüter   

Ottawa Kansas/MLK Community Worship Service  

Social Clubs and 'Justice Cafe' Programming:

  Next...  

             ___February 14th:___

Life on Purpose: Contemplation & Justice

Email: john.holzhuter@ottawa.edu for a place in this café

January Café is transforming to a social club—

Upholding the Dignity of Work: Creating a Just Economic System

...email Chaplain John if you want to join.

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 Join an Action Club and change the world! 

Justice Cafés create spaces where young adults (20's-30's) committed to social justice can build community, act for justice and deepen spirituality!

See the upcoming topics here!  Check out our partner chapters, nationwide: interactive cafe map 

Visit the Justice Cafe Facebook Group to join in the conversation with young adults around the world!

 

 Upcoming Cafés...Ongoing clubs...outstanding issues!

Human Trafficking: Act for Justice! 

 Sorry, this café is now closed:( 

Positive Peacemakers: Young People Choosing Peace

 Sorry, this café is now closed:( 

Gender: Rules, Roles and Expectations

 Sorry, this café is now closed:( 

Water: Is There Enough?

 Sorry, this café is now closed:( 

 A Culture of Violence: When Will It End?

 Sorry, this café is now closed:( 

Social Media: Power, Possibilities, Problems

 Sorry, this café is now closed:(

 

 

Poetry and Prayer Gathering

Sharing Words that Open the Heart

The workshop is being facilitated by Trish Dowd Kelne with the assistance of Faith Club members from Ottawa University (when available).Trish has worked in the nonprofit setting for 15 years, with community outreach, education and empowerment. She was co-chair of Martha and Mary’s Way, an interfaith organization and has facilitated poetry and prayer classes for the retired religious professionals. She is dedicated to faith based outreach. She is a certified instructor for the Academy of Tai Qi through which she teaches classes and seminars.   Trish received her degree in Creative Writing from Kansas State University, her facilitation certification from Winter Center and her Tai Qi certification from HuoLong Studios.

This offering is provided through a partnership with Winter Center (a community non-profit) and Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality.

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Part I—

 

Joan Stephen   “Morning Grace”

R. S. Thomas    “Threshold”

Susan Gerrish   “God’s Love”

James Wright  “A Blessing”

Thomas Merton Excerpt from “Faith”

Eileen P. O’Hea  “Consolation”

Mary Oliver Excerpt from “Flare” - 2

 

 

8.

The poem is not the world.
It isn’t even the first page of the world.

But the poem wants to flower, like a flower.
It knows that much.

It wants to open itself,
like the door of a little temple,
so that you might step inside and be cooled and refreshed,
and less yourself than part of everything.

 

Mary Oliver

 

From “Flare” from The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem


Morning Grace

 

We thank Thee God

as we watch

the distant hills

suddenly emerge

above the filmy, white mist

and gently touch heaven—

awakening the sun

for another day.

 

 

Joan Stephen

From Graces Selected and Edited by June Cotner


 


Threshold

 

I emerge from the mind’s

cave into the worse darkness

outside, where things pass and

the Lord is in none of them.

 

I have heard the still, small voice

and it was that of the bacteria

demolishing my cosmos. I

have lingered too long on

 

this threshold, but where can I go?

To look back is to lose the soul

I was leading upwards towards

the light. To look forward? Ah,

 

what balance is needed at

the edges of such an abyss.

I am alone on the surface

of a turning planet. What

to do but, like Michelangelo’s

Adam, put my hand

out into unknown space,

hoping for the reciprocating touch?

 

 

 

R. S. Thomas, “Threshold”

from The Poems of R. S. Thomas.

Copyright © by Kunjana Thomas 2001. 

 


God’s Love

If you seek peace,    you will have none. If you seek life,    you will lose it. If you seek wealth,    you will find poverty of the soul. If you seek adventure,    you will be unfulfilled. If you seek joy,    you will ache with sorrow. If you seek love,    you will despair in loneliness. If you seek God,    you will find God. You will have peace   that surpasses understanding,    gain eternal life,    find true wealth,    be fulfilled,    worship in joy,    and revel in God’s love.  

Susan Gerrish

From Graces Selected and Edited by June Cotner


A Blessing

Just off the Highway to Rochester, Minnesota

Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.And the eyes of those two Indian ponies Darken with kindness.They have come gladly out of the willows

To welcome my friend and me.We step over the barbed wire into the pasture

Where they have been grazing all day, alone.They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness

That we have come. They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other. There is no loneliness like theirs.

At home once more,They begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,

For she has walked over to meAnd nuzzled my left hand.

She is black and white,Her mane falls wild on her forehead, And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear

That is delicate as the skin over a girl's wrist.Suddenly I realize

That if I stepped out of my body I would break Into blossom.

 

James Wright

From Above the River
©Farrar, Straus, Giroux, and The University Press of New England

 

 

 

But when the time comes to enter the darkness in which we are naked and helpless
and alone; in which we see the insufficiency of our great strength and the
hollowness of our strongest virtues; in which we have nothing of our own to rely
on, and nothing in our nature supports us, and nothing in the world to guide or
give us light—then we find out whether or not we live by faith. 

It is in this our darkness, when there is nothing left in us that can please or
comfort, when we seem to have failed, when we seem to be destroyed and devoured, it is then that the deep and secret selfishness that is too close for us to
identify is stripped away from our souls. It is in this darkness that we find true
liberty.  It is in this abandonment that we are made strong.  This is the night
which empties us and makes us pure. 

                                                             

Thomas Merton

                   

Excerpt from “Faith” (pg 102)

From Seeds Selected and Edited by Robert Inchausti


Consolation

 

I did not know

—had no idea—

that in loving you

I would discover

you are loving me

yesterday, today,

tomorrow, now;

and , quite dearly.

Your touch so tender,

your glance consuming,

but never overwhelming—

just there—

if I dare

look up

and meet your gaze of love.

 

How pathetic my striving,

how foolish my fear

of disappointing you.

You whose name is Love.

You are all that is,

and your Love—

sweet, gentle,

an abyss of light

cushioning my soul.

 

Eileen P. O’Hea

From In Wisdom’s Kitchen

 



  1. You still recall, sometimes, the old barn on your great-grandfather’s farm, a place you visited once, and went into, all alone, while the grownups sat and talked in the house.

    It was empty, or almost. Wisps of hay covered the floor, and some wasps sang at the windows, and maybe there was a strange fluttering bird high above, disturbed, hoo-ing a little and staring down from a messy ledge with wild, binocular eyes.

    Mostly, though, it smelled of milk, and the patience of animals; the give-offs of the body were still in the air, a vague ammonia, not unpleasant.

    Mostly, though, it was restful and secret, the roof high up and arched, the boards unpainted and plain.

    You could have stayed there forever, a small child in a corner, on the last raft of hay, dazzled by so much space that seemed empty, but wasn’t.

    Then—you still remember—you felt the rap of hunger—it was noon—and you turned from that twilight dream and hurried back to the house, where the table was set, where an uncle patted you on the shoulder for welcome, and there was your place at the table.

 


Mary Oliver

 

From “Flare” from The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem

 

The next 'Heavenly Hosts' Church Dinner will be at First Baptist, Ottawa!

Stay tuned for details!!

  
 
 
 
Hey Students, 

Sacred Heart Church is hosting food and fellowship for Catholic Students (or those  interested  the Catholic faith.)  Following dinner is a dessert 'Meet and Greet', where parish hosts would love to chat with those looking for a church ‘home away from home’!


Dinner takes place  Sunday,  February  16th
at 5 pm in their Parish Hall.

Dessert will be served from 7-8 pm, for folk  whose schedules prevent them from attending the dinner. 

Please R.S.V.P. to Jane Johnson at 242-3384 or  jjohnson66@live.com  by 10pm on Monday, Sept 16th , to give the cooks a head-count!  

 
 
 

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Campus, local faith partners and civic and community leaders unite in programming opportunities for remembrance, engagement, celebration, service and action. 

A Community Worship Service, featuring local churches and civic leaders, will launch the community events; Sunday morning (1/18) at 10:30 at the Fredrikson Chapel on campus.

A Community Program, featuring Mr. Tre Walker, will commence at 2:00 that afternoon at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium.

Anyone interested in participating is invited to a participatory program "Inspired Writing Workshop" at 6:00 in the evening, in OU's Martin Meditation Chapel. Hosted and facilitated by Karen Ohnesorge, from the college and Trish Dowd Kelne, representing the Winter Center for Restorative Justice.

                 On Monday (1/19)...

There will be student opportunities for service projects in the morning.  Interested students can contact

freda.strack@ottawa.edu  for details.

All interested can participate in a presentation and dialogue; "What Moves you? Activists Speak" at 2:00 in the afternoon, in the Main (Fredrikson) Chapel. Hosted and facilitated by Ottawa University Chaplain, John Holzhuter, it will feature video presentations around Dr. King's life and death; with a focus on motivating people to step up to the legacy of building community and promoting civility...right here and right now!

This will be followed up with the launch of this year's "Justice Café Series...Where Faith Meets Action" at 6:00 in the evening, in OU's Martin Meditation Chapel. Participants will join with local and national partners to initiate, broker and champion faith, action and opportunities to do the "right things for the right reasons".

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

President Eichner Honored by ABC

 
During 2013 ABC Mission Summit, Dr. Kevin Eichner, president of Ottawa University, received the Luther Wesley Smith Education Award for educational programs in college or seminary. 
 
Dr. Eichner launched the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality; served as facilitator of a series of programs to enrich servant leadership in the local community; developed a pastoral training program, offered at no cost to American Baptist Churches USA pastors throughout the Midwest; and formed a Cadre of Champions, a group of past, present and future educators who share best practices for education in the current challenging age.

The presentation was made by Rev. Yvonne Carter, the Societies’ Managing Director of Event Development, Missional Life and Leadership.

The Office of the University Chaplain, is located in the Adawe Center on the Ottawa campus. It provides University-wide coordination for faith exploration, civic engagement and spiritual growth. Additionally, it coordinates HomeTeam (host family), Community Tutoring, Justice Café and ‘Adventures in Faith’ programming as well as a variety of ‘student-concept’ clubs, under the auspices of the Fredrikson Center.

(Face or phone) appointment times can be set with the University Chaplain for questing conversations, faith-action planning or spiritual coaching. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to connect with Chaplain John by calling the Church and Faith Vitality Office at (785) 248-2578 or Susan Trendel at (785) 248-2331

We need you to help!

 

Greetings partners and peers,
 
I am humbled and grateful with the partnerships and participation in this year’s Elves and Angels projects, as both were highly successful. 
 
Over 800 gifts were made, donated or purchased with shared funds…a huge impact for those in need during the holiday season!
 
I share a few pictures; may you enjoy the legacy of the memories you have helped make for so many…at Christmas time and well beyond.

 

Grace to and through you,

John

                                                                                                                                                     

University Chaplain  John Holzhüter ClinPsyD, DDiv

Managing Director,  the Fredrikson Center at Ottawa University

desk# (785) 248-2334      Church and Faith Vitality Center (785) 248-2578

Elves and Angels is a community service organization that serves Ottawa, Franklin County and surrounding counties, during the holiday season through donations and our community event!

 

‘Like’ us on Facebook:>)

 

Angel Tree

We are adopting another family this week (as they had not yet been adopted by anyone else.)  Please check back for their 'Christmas List' needs!

These are the remaining needs of the families we have adopted this year.  Thanks to all who have already signed up for a gift!

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Thank you for your generous spirit!

 

PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP if you will be an Angel –send us the Tag number that you choose! You can email 

kim.hodge@ottawa.edu​  785-248-2365 or john.holzhuter@ottawa.edu 785-248-2334

 

Please deliver your WRAPPED Gift with TAG #  and Family ID, Gender, Age ON THE OUTSIDE.

 

These need to be delivered BY DECEMBER 15.  Please bring your gift to OU's Tauy Jones- Advancement or Adawe LifePlan Center, first floor of OU's Administration Building. 

  

TAG # Family ID # Gender Age Item Size Preferences
2 5729-1 F 17 Slippers size 9 Size 9  
6 5729-1 F 17 Softball Stuff??    
10 5729-1 F 7 Leggings Size 10-12  
11 5729-1 F 7 Disney Frozen Things    
12 5729-1 F 7 Jewelry    
15 5729-1 F MOM Movies    
16 5729-1 F MOM Anything Elvis    
19 3697 F 17 Hoodie Shirt: Med green and pink
21 3697 F 17 shoes Shoes: 6.5 green and pink
22 3697 F 17 Curling Wand    
23 3697 F 14 Hair Straitener   purple, pink, camo
25 3697 F 14 Hair Stuff   purple, pink, camo
26 3697 F 14 Hoodie Size: Shirt Med purple, pink, camo
27 3697 F 14 Clothes Shirst: Med; Junior Pants: 5 purple, pink, camo
28 3697 F 14 Shoes Size: 6.5  purple, pink, camo
29 3697 F 14 I -pod?   purple, pink, camo
30 3697 F 12 Dresses Size: Shirt-11 to 12; Pants-3 Juniors purple, blue, green
31 3697 F 12 Hoodie Size: Shirt-11 to 12; Pants-3 Juniors purple, blue, green
32 3697 F 12 Boots Size: 5.5 purple, blue, green
33 3697 F 12 I -pod?   purple, blue, green
34 3697 F 7 dresses shirt/skirt 6-7; Pants 7 girls pink, purple, teal, blue
35 3697 F 7 boott Size: 10-10.5 pink, purple, teal, blue
36 3697 F 7 hair stuff   pink, purple, teal, blue
39 3697 M 5 Hoodie Shirts-5 boys; Pants 5 blue, camo
40 3697 M 5 Pants Shirts-5 boys; Pants 5 blue, camo
41 3697 M 5 Boots Size: 10-10.5 boys blue, camo
43 3697 M 5 Car Trailer   blue, camo
48 3697 M 1 Shoes Size: 5 baby Sponge Bob, Cars, Blues
51 3697 F MOM Anything for her kitchen    
52 3697 F MOM Anything for her kitchen    
55 4535 M 11 Combat Boots or Shoes Size 14 Men  
57 4535 M 11 Camo Jacket 3x men Camo
58 4535 M 11 jeans Size: 44x32 Mens  
59 4535 M 11 MP3 Player    
60 4535 M 11 remote Plane/Air Hog    
61 4535 M 11 Electronic Organizer or Tablet    
62 4535 M 11 German Shepard Puppy    
63 4535 M 13 Zipup Hoodie    
64 4535 M 13 jeans Size; 36x32 mens  
65 4535 M 13 MP3 Player    
66 4535 M 13 Computer    
67 4535 M 13 PS3 or Xbox 360    
68 4535 M 13 Cowboy Boots Size 14 Men  
69 4535 M 13 Electronic Organizer or Tablet    
70 4535 M 13 Stereo or small TV    
72 4535 M 16 Shoes Size: 11 shoes Mens  
73 4535 M 16 Zipup Hoodie no size given  
74 4535 M 16 Yugioh Cargs    
75 4535 M 16 Pearl Jam CD    
76 4535 M 16 Monster head Phones    
78 4535 M 16 Yugioh Pillow, Blanket ect    
79 4535 M 16 Electronic Organizer or Tablet    
82 4535 F MOM Gift Cert    
83 4702 M 7 Cars Size 7 to 8  BLUE
84 4702 M 7 Blanket Size 7 to 8  BLUE
85 4702 M 7 Army Men Size 7 to 8  BLUE
86 4702 M 7 Movie Size 7 to 8  BLUE
87 4702 M 7 Clothes Size 7 to 8  BLUE
88 4702 M 9 Cars Size 9 or 10 RED
89 4702 M 9 Books Size 9 or 10 RED
90 4702 M 9 Pokemon Size 9 or 10 RED
91 4702 M 9 Batman Size 9 or 10 RED
92 4702 M 9 A Blanket Size 9 or 10 RED
93 4702 M 9 Movies Size 9 or 10 RED
94 4702 M 9 Clothes Size 9 or 10 RED
95 4702 M 5 Cars Size: 4 to 6 YELLOW
96 4702 M 5 Blanket Size: 4 to 6 YELLOW
97 4702 M 5 Superman Size: 4 to 6 YELLOW
98 4702 M 5 Kids Movies Size: 4 to 6 YELLOW
99 4702 M 5 Clothes Size: 4 to 6 YELLOW
100 4702 F 3 Blanket Size 3T or 4T PINK
101 4702 F 3 Barbie Size 3T or 4T PINK
102 4702 F 3 Horses Size 3T or 4T PINK
103 4702 F 3 Barbie Movie Size 3T or 4T PINK
104 4702 F 3 Mickey Mouse Size 3T or 4T PINK
105 4702 F 3 Baby Dolls Size 3T or 4T PINK
106 4702 F 3 Clothes Size 3T or 4T PINK
107 4702 F MOM Blanket    
108 4702 F MOM Body Wash and Lotion    
109 4702 F MOM Movies    

 

   Thanks to our partners at ECKAN for their brokering this years connection!  

 

 Check out their website!

Community Celebration and Prayer Share

Please join us on December 9, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm for our community celebration in the Mabee Center on Ottawa University's campus.

There will be soup dinner and booths for work and play and needs on our angel tree to adopt some larger families for Christmas.

Tools for Elves

There are 842 children/young adults in need of some tangible cheer this holiday season.  They are from from in and around Franklin, Osage and Douglas Counties. If you are willing to donate hats, solid dark colored t-shirts, underwear, socks and gloves please drop all donations at the Adawe Center in the Administration Building at Ottawa University by December 9, 2014. For those of you not in the Franklin County area, please contact Katee (katheryn.hinkle@student.ottawa.edu) or Chaplain John (john.holzhuter@ottawa.edu) about a pickup.

If you would like to make a monetary donation toward the holiday drive, please you the link below and note 'Elves and Angels in the comment section:

Make a monetary donation!

All donations are welcome and will go directly to the clothing drive and are tax deductible.  The complete list of needs is below:

 

Bowling Club has MORPHED!!!!!!!  

        

To find out more, email the proctor at preston.samuels@student.ottawa.edu

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Save these dates on your calendars too!  This year we are taking 'faith in action' to a whole new level!  

To find out how, register or

 get

updates and learn more details at

 

www.ottawa.edu/norwoodjones

 

 

 

   

 

 

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Our Lord’s Passion…as it happens!

Designed as a twitter experience Let chaplain John know if you would like to participate john.holzhuter@ottawa.edu

TIMING: BEGIN at 1:00 on Good Friday; Chaplain John will get us started—follow along and tweet when it is your turn.  If a line is missed we will just keep on going or John will fill in the blanks.  We are the first to attempt this (at least as far as we know) so should be an exciting new effort to experience the journey to Easter within our here and now. 

 Over 140: If you passage is over 140—chunk it out, make multiple tweets or be creative. 

 For those with parts assigned, if others want to join as we are in the process – have them jump in.  Or split your part with them…

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Leader: The passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Leader: The betrayal of Judas  1: One of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,  2: What will you give me if I betray him to you? 3: They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 4: And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.  

Leader: The last supper 1: On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, 2: Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover? 1: He said, 3: Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, "The Teacher says, my time is near; will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples." 4: So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal. 1: When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, 3: Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me. 4: And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, 2: Surely not I, Lord? 3: The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born. 1: Judas, who betrayed him, said, 2: Surely not I, Rabbi? 3: You have said so. 4: While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, 3: Take, eat; this is my body. 1: Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, 3: Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.  

Leader: The Mount of Olives 1: When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, 2: You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, "I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee." 1: Peter said to him, 3: Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you. 2: Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times. 3: Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you. 4: And so said all the disciples.  

Leader:  Gethsemane 1: Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, 2: Sit here while I go over there and pray. 3: He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, 2: I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me. 1: And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, 2: My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want. 3: Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, 2: So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 1: Again he went away for the second time and prayed, 2: My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done. 3: Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, 2: Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand. 1: While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, 4: The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him. 3: At once he came up to Jesus and said, 4: Greetings, Rabbi! 3: and kissed him. Jesus said to him, 2: Friend, do what you are here to do. 3: Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. 1: Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, 2: Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen this way? 3: At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, 2: Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled. 1: Then all the disciples deserted him and fled

Leader: Trial before Caiaphas 1: Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. But Peter was following at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end. Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, 2: This fellow said, "I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days." 1: The high priest stood up and said, 3: Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you? 1: But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, 3: I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God. 4: You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven. 1: Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, 3: He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict? 2: He deserves death! 1: Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying, 2: Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?  

Leader: Peter's denial; Judas's death 1: Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came and said to him, 2: You also were with Jesus the Galilean. 1: But he denied it before all of them, saying, 3: I do not know what you are talking about. 4: When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, 2: This man was with Jesus of Nazareth. 4: Again he denied it with an oath, 3: I do not know the man! 1: After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, 2: Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you. 1: Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, 3: I do not know the man! 1: At that moment the cock crowed. 4: Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: "Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly. 1: When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. 4: They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor. 1: When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. He said, 3: I have sinned by betraying innocent blood. 2: What is that to us? See to it yourself. 1: Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself. 4: But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, 2: It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money. 4: After conferring together, they used the money to buy the potter's field as a place to bury foreigners. 1: For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, "And they took thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price had been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price, and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."

Leader:  Jesus before Pilate 1: Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, 2: Are you the King of the Jews? 3: You say so. 4: But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him, 2: Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you? 1: But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. 4: Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, 2: Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah? 1: For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him saying, "Have nothing to do with this innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him." 4: Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, 2: Which of the two do you want me to release for you? 1, 3, 4: Barabbas! 2: Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah? 1, 3, 4: Let him be crucified! 2: Why, what evil has he done? 1, 3, 4: Let him be crucified! Let him be crucified! Let him be crucified! 1: So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, 2: I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves. 1, 3, 4: His blood be on us and on our children. 4: So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. 1: Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They spat on him, and took a reed and struck him on the head. And after mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Leader: Golgotha 1: As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 2: And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. 1: Over his head they put the charge against him which read, 1, 2: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews. 1: Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, 3: You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross. 2: In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, 4: He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 2: The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

Leader: Jesus' death 1: From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 2: And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, 3: Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? 2: that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 1: When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, 4: This man is calling for Elijah. 2: At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, 4: Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him. 1: Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. (Pause for at least one minute.) 1: At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. 2: Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, 4: Truly this man was God's Son! 2: Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Leader: Burial 1: When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and rapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. 2: The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, 3: Sir, we remember what that imposter said while he was still alive, "After three days I will rise again." Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, "He has been raised from the dead" and the last deception would be worse than the first. 1: Pilate said to them, 4: You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can. 2: So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

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