Maundy Thursday Service - April 18th 7:30 p.m.
In remembrance of Jesus' last supper with his disciples, we will gather for a service on Thursday, April 18th. This is Maundy Thursday, which refers to Jesus' mandate as recorded in the Gospel of John, the commandment to "Love one another." It is also a service of Tenebrae, which means that as we draw toward a close in the time, there is increasing darkness as candles are extinguished in concert with readings about Jesus and the Lenten journey that we have been walking. Communion is also served, the choir sings, and time is provided for silent prayer. Please join us for this moving evening.
Our morning begins with a continental breakfast at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome.
Then we will celebrate the joy of the Resurrection with a rousing time of worship - singing, praying, sharing communion and rejoicing together over God's great gift to us. The worship celebration begins at 10:45 a.m.
Scripture as Theatre Workshop
The church continues to host the weekly Saturday morning workshops devoted to the exploration and development of original theatre works based on or reflective of Holy Scripture. Meeting on Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (currently on hiatus), these workshops are led by Gateway’s Associate Pastor and Artist-in-Residence Jim McGrath, a past winner of L.A. Theatre’s Ovation Award for playwriting, whose plays have been produced at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, The Director’s Company in New York, the Passage Theatre in Trenton, and the Met Theatre in Los Angeles.
The workshops are open to anyone who may be interested in participating in the creation of original theatre works from scripture. There is an exploration of all possible aspects of the theatre arts, including drama, music, dance, stage design, and the visual arts.
Our Pastor has Published a Book
This is what he has to say about it:
"I have been a part of small churches for most of my life. There is a richness of experience, and always ongoing challenges, in being a small church family. Unfortunately, many small churches eventually close, most of them certainly due to circumstances unique to each situation, but also often due to the common dilemma of wanting to grow yet being challenged in making changes to help that to happen.
"As we have experimented with different approaches to worship at Gateway Christian Church, we have used the Fifth Sundays in a year to experience worship in different ways. While our worship attendance still fluctuates with the expected ebbs and flows as with most congregations, these unique worship experiences have helped to foster vitality in both our worship gatherings throughout the year and in other areas of church life. We have found that most people do not want to miss these unique Sundays.
"I have published a small book entitled, Transforming the Small Church: Fifth Sundays and Beyond. It suggests a process for transforming worship, since that is the largest common experience in small churches. It also offers ten Fifth Sunday Worship Gathering suggestions as a way of prompting the reader’s own creativity. My hope is that some of the resources will be useful just as they are, and that others will be a starting point for other churches to create their own unique experiences. It is available through Amazon.com."
Art within the Church
One of the highlights of our Advent season was the creation of a work of art during one of our worship celebrations. Alexi Pyles, a member of our church, painted while the activities of worship went on around her. People were invited to get up and go and watch her progress during the singing of the carols. The finished creation is presented here.
Gateway Christian Church is a part of the movement called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). On a national level we proclaim that we are "A Movement for Wholeness in a Fragmented World." In West Los Angeles, where our church family gathers for celebration, study and growing with one another, we strive to live out being a faithful part of that movement for wholeness.
Our tradition is founded upon the belief that we are all God's children. We live in that tradition as we openly welcome everyone. We celebrate communion weekly, and all are welcome to Jesus' table. Indeed, it is Christ who extends the invitation to the table, who meets us in that time, who offers his gifts of bread and cup to everyone. Join us in celebrating shared life in God, and join us at the table that is set for us.