Holy Week and Easter 2017

Good Friday April 14, 2017 at 7:00pm in Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Death isn't the easiest thing to talk about. Crucifixion of an innocent god-man? That's probably harder. But when we gather and remember the death of Jesus, we do so as a community that recognizes that life is fragile, and hatred can do a whole lot of damage. But Jesus demonstrates the way of love in the face of hatred and rejection. Come join us as we reflect on what that might mean for us as we seek to mend God's creation together.

Easter Sunday: RISE is gonna throw down for Easter this year at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum on Sunday April 16th. Breakfast is gonna blow your mind. (in fact, if you want to respond to this email and make a special request for breakfast, we’ll do our best to have it there, within reason of course. We probably can’t pull off an omelet station after all) Breakfast will start at 9:15(ish) followed by worship in a stunning, outdoor environment at 10(ish). I mean really, does it get any more beautiful than mid-April in the Arboretum? Wear your bowtie, your Easter bonnet, your prom dress, your Easter flip flops, or your pajamas, we don’t really care. We just want to celebrate with you! Spread the word, bring your friends, and tell them there will be sausage muffins, ducks, and some really friendly folks. 

Text us with questions at: 540-324-3241 or email at riseharrisonburg@gmail.com

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December 25th Framily Service: Worship in your pj's

Introduction to RISE Christmas Day Framily (friends/family) Service:

Hi RISE friends. We hope you are all warm and cozy as you gather together for this Christmas Day worship service. Perhaps you’re in Christmas themed footie pajamas that your aunt got you last year. Maybe you are sipping on a mug of hot cocoa or glass of orange juice. You might be sitting with your family, or with your friends, or with your framily. Or perhaps you find yourself far from home this Christmas, or your family is hurting. Whoever you are with, and whatever you are wearing or drinking, it is our deep hope that this unique worship experience will help you celebrate the birth of Jesus in a meaningful way, but also challenge you to carry the Light of the World to people that desperately need more light. 

On this day of gifts, know that you are a gift. 
Merry Christmas dear friends. 
Christ is born!  Woo hoo!!!

Opening Prayer:   Read aloud:  
God of Light and Life
You were here before “here” even existed. 
And we know you’ll be “there” before we ever arrive.
We look around and see you in the faces of each other. 
You are here today! Right now! Hallelujah!

We celebrate today, because on Christmas
we remember the amazing truth that:
You became one of us. You were born as an infant to a poor Jewish woman in occupied country. You, the God of all creation, came to creation in the humblest way imaginable.

To challenge.
To rescue.
To mend.
To love.

Thank you God! We lift up our praise this morning with the hope that you will continue your work of mending all of Creation through the power of your Spirit.

In Jesus name, Amen. 

Christmas Singing: Choose a few of your favorite Christmas hymns to sing together! We listed a few on the back of this page, but feel free to choose your own favorites. 

Christmas Story: Read aloud Luke 2:1-20
If you don’t have a Bible handy, you can pull up the story on www.biblegateway.com. We recommend the CEB (Common English Bible) translation. 

Reflection Questions: Spend as much time as you want discussing the following questions with your group. Feel free to ask other questions if they pop up (and share them with us!)

-    What stood out to you hearing the Christmas story this time?
-    Which character mentioned in the story do you feel most close to right now? Why?
-    Have you “seen Jesus” in your lives recently? How did you respond? Where might you look for Jesus in today’s world considering he first came “born and lain in a manger because there was no room for them in the guest room”? 
-    If an angel appeared to you, what would be “good news” to you? To whom would you go tell this good news? How would you tell them? (be as specific as you can. A friend? A family member? A government leader? Someone on the street?)

Challenge to Respond: We want to encourage everyone to think of a specific way today you can be a light and a gift, showing God’s incredible love to someone. Perhaps you can call a family member you know is struggling and give them a word of encouragement. Maybe you can all pile into a car and drive around until you find a business that’s open and give them cookies and hugs. Maybe you can go visit a nursing home and offer to sing carols to the residents. Whatever you can think of, go do it! If not today, then tomorrow. We are called to be the bearers of the Light of Jesus and deliver the Good News that GOD LOVES US. Everyone. And of course, everyone means everyone. 

Take time together to write down prayers you have today. We suggest ordering them:  (turn over for rest of service)
1.    Prayers for our World. 
2.    Prayers for our Local Community. 
3.    Prayers for our Loved Ones and Self
After writing the prayers down, share your prayers with each other as you feel comfortable. 

Someone can then offer this closing prayer to wrap up your worship service:

God of Love and Joy, thank You for this time of worship! Fill us with your Light and Life so that we can bring your life changing love to everyone we meet today. Show us how to continue joining you in mending your creation. In the name of Jesus we pray. 


Joy to the World

Verse 1
Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
Verse 2
Joy to the earth! the savior reigns;
Let all their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
Verse 3
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders, wonders, of his love.



Silent Night

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love's pure light;
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Hark the Herald, Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

RISE Epiphany Dinners

Epiphany is a traditional Christian feast day, also known as Three Kings Day, that takes place at the conclusion of the 12 Days of Christmas on January 6th. Christians in cultures all over the word celebrate on epiphany the revelation of God to mankind in human form, in the person of Jesus.

This Epiphany (Friday, January 6), you are invited to join others from the RISE community for an evening of good food, warm conversation and a chance to make new friends. Sign up to attend a dinner at the home of a host or volunteer to host a dinner!

Sign up here:  https://goo.gl/forms/mzLkXeWOAmdPFVdm2

Christmas Eve Cookie Conspiracy 2.0

What is this about?

A Christmas Eve service, with a twist! We'll gather at Court Square Theater for worship, sing Christmas songs, and share communion together. But in classic RISE style, there's more! We invite you all to join a new tradition started last year of packaging and then delivering cookies and notes of encouragement to people who have to work on Christmas Eve. Hotel clerks. Gas Station Attendants. Restaurant servers. Hospital workers. Firefighters and police officers. We know it sucks to have to work on Christmas Eve, so we want to bring some cheer and love into their night. 

Well, how can I help?

As we get closer to the night, we will need people to either bake or buy cookies to be delivered. We ask that donations of cookies be pre-bagged in ziplock bags, two to three cookies per bag. These individual baggies will be packed into lunch sacks during the service so that one sack with several individual servings will be delivered to each site we visit. It's really important that individual servings are pre-packed BEFORE the service. Please let us know if you need help with pre-packaging. Donations can be dropped off the Sunday before Christmas (December 18th) or at the RISE space during the day throughout the week leading up to the 24th.

NOMOFOMO: Back to School Edition

Here's a look at what's coming up...

Tomorrow August 28: We're back at Court Square Theater.

It's Shania Twain's birthday, and we guarantee bagels and friendly people. We can't guarantee a Shania Twain appearance. But come on over anyway. Bring friends and see you at exactly 10(ish) at Court Square Theater.

Sunday September 4: Campaign Kickoff and Town Hall Meeting

On September 4, we're not only kicking off our fall campaign, but we're also hosting a town hall meeting immediately following worship. We'll respond to questions about the new space and share our excitement about all that's happening. Bring your sunglasses, because the future's so bright, you'll need to wear shades.

Sunday September 11: RISE turns 6!

It's our sixth birthday bonanza. There will be cake 🍰 and maybe some ninja turtle swag. 🐢 Also, for our birthday, we'd love to adopt six children for our Love Packs Ministry, so please consider recognizing our birthday with a gift to Love Packs!

Speaking of Love Packs…

We need help packing Love Packs on September 8 at 7 pm. It'll take about 45 minutes, and it will change the world. For real. Turn the world's #PhelpsFace upside down. We also need reusable bags for Love Packs. Not plastic bags, but sturdy reusable ones.

Fall Ubuntu Groups

Sign up for Fall Ubuntu groups now! These transformational small groups will explore the intersection of the LGBTQ community and the Church. They focus on listening, mutual respect, and trust. We'll even teach you how to say the word "ubuntu." Email riseharrisonburg@gmail.com with questions.

RISE & Shine

We need the following items for our RISE & Shine hygiene ministry.

  • powdered detergent
  • full-size shampoo
  • full-size stick deodorant

If you can help out, bring some to worship tomorrow!

That's all we got. Enjoy this Shania Twain gif and come join the movement tomorrow morning at exactly 10(ish)!

This Sunday is our LAST Sunday at Memorial Hall!

That’s right, folks. When JMU is out for the summer so is Memorial Hall but we have some pretty exciting news. 

We’ll be holding worship at PALE FIRE BREWERY every Sunday for the summer. You expect the usual: coffee, bagels, good people, and you can even stick around for a beer after!

Worship is every Sunday at exactly 10(ish) 

Chocolate Walk tickets are available!

Click here to purchase tickets and learn more about this awesome annual event! http://www.thecollinscenter.org/chocolatewalk/ 

It's the sweetest event in Harrisonburg if we do say so ourselves and it's just around the corner on the 6th of May where RISE, the Collins Center, and many other downtown businesses join together to help raise money to help treat victims and end sexual violence in Harrisonburg and surrounding areas. And guess what you have to do to help make this event a success? EAT DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE from an assortment of businesses.

Worship is at Pale Fire THIS SUNDAY! (March 6)

We will be holding worship at Pale Fire Brewing this Sunday at exactly 10(ish) in downtown Harrisonburg. Pale Fire is located at the Ice House (beside Pure Eats and Black Sheep Coffee). Parking is available across the street from Pale Fire at the Turner Pavilion where the Saturday Farmers Market takes place. Call/text 540.324.3241 if you have any questions!

On February 21st Worship will be held at Grafton Theater at JMU

Hey folks, due to scheduling conflicts we will have to hold service at another building on JMU’s campus on Sunday February 21st at Grafton Theater (but don’t worry, we’ll be back at Memorial Hall as scheduled after that Sunday) The closest address is 234 Taylor Hall, Harrisonburg but NOT TO WORRY. Here’s a map and directions:

Directions: Head down MLK Way and pass the Old RISE Mission House (it’ll be on your left), at the first light make a RIGHT on Paul Street over the railroad tracks, and then make an immediate RIGHT on Duke Drive where you’ll find the parking lot! From there follow this nifty map to Grafton Theater (you’ll walk pass a Mr. Chips and Warren Hall on the way). Call/text 540.3241.3241 if you have any questions!


Email riseharrisonburg@gmail.com with any questions.

We’re having a LEAP OFF! .....What?

The idea? Have a 'Leap Off' to raise awareness and money for the new RISE space (we need to install bathrooms in order to meet there)! 

The leap off will consist of teams of 4 competing in a leap frog competition on JMU's Quad on Leap Day! 

Each Team will be asked to raise as much money as they can for the bathrooms needed in the new RISE space!

Teams are encouraged to dress up for the competition and there will also be prizes for the teams who: 
-Win the Leap Frog competition
-Raise the most money
-OR have the best costumes

Team Registration for this event will end on Valentine's Day. So email Alexis Ward at wardad@dukes.jmu.edu if you're interesting in creating a team to compete in this fundraising event!

The date is quickly approaching so start leaping for the finish line and ask folks to donate to your team!

Ash Wednesday Service (2/10/16)

We will be holding an Ash Wednesday service next Wednesday (2.10.16) at 6pm at EMU’s Discipleship Center. 

What’s Ash Wednesday you ask? Well, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and typically is practiced by rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross at the service. Ash Wednesday is an opportunity to reflect on the fragile nature of life and remember what truly matters. It gives us a space to acknowledge our humanity, our mortality, and sit in a tension that is necessary. 

Here’s the map! (the yellow shape is where we’ll be).