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"Women of Spirit" Pentecost Service Added to Holy Week and Easter Packet

Artwork by Jack Karraker 'The Crucifixion' graces the cover of the Special Lenten Stations of the Cross spotlighting stories of Jesus women disciples and women today.Artwork by Jack Karraker "The Crucifixion" graces the cover of the Special Lenten Stations of the Cross spotlighting stories of Jesus women disciples and women today.

A new "Women of Spirit" Pentecost prayer service is now available as part of the Women and the Word: Holy Week and Easter Packet. Joan Brausch created the new prayer which features Mary the mother of Jesus and the voices of contemporary "Women of Spirit" from six continents. Joan comments: "I'm happy with the concept, feel VERY blessed in the women that I found – Wow, what dynamos! – and I'm glad I was able to still stay within the tradition of Evening Prayer which I love so dearly." Joan, a retired pastoral minister and a member of Future Church's Women in Church Leadership Advisory Committee, wrote all of the prayers herself, taking the prayers from Pentecost Evening Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours as her inspiration.

The complete Holy Week and Easter packet contains practical as well as tested prayer resources for how to bring the oft-hidden stories of biblical women to your faith community during Lent and the Easter season. A PowerPoint CD for "The Women at the Foot of the Cross" service contains images of the stations-of-the-cross, scriptural women and contemporary women to accompany the service.

Stations of the Cross from St. John Vianney parish in Sedona, Arizona.Stations of the Cross from St. John Vianney parish in Sedona, Arizona.

FutureChurch also reviewed the Lectionary readings for Holy Week and the entire Easter season and identified places where women's stories were omitted or diminished. This is the third year the packet has been available, and each year we offer new concrete suggestions for the current liturgical cycle (Cycle C for 2010).

This month, the Women and the Word: Holy Week and Easter packet is the featured item in our Magdala Market online store. Visit www.futurechurch.org to order and enjoy free shipping. Supplements for 2010, Cycle C, as well as the new "Women of Spirit" Pentecost Prayer are available if you have previously purchased this resource and want to update it.

Focus on FutureChurch

Winter 2010

 

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