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8:30 am Worship with Holy Communion

10 am Alleluia 5k Fun Run/Walk
  and indoor gentle movement option Worship Start

11 am Concluding Worship & Fish Taco Fellowship 

Bethel is partnering with St. Peter’s for another moving worship. The 5k route has us carry the joy of the resurrection through the neighborhoods between Bethel and Viking Terrace. There is also a half-distance route. Walk or run, or be guided in gentle movement indoors! We formally begin at Bethel at 10 am with scripture, song, and prayer. The service concludes at Bethel at 11 am. 

Registration is free! Our free-will offering for the day will be for Viking Terrace.
Please register here!

*Note that there will be no Sunday School or Bethel U between services. 

**If conditions are too dangerous (icy, etc) all will participate in guided gentle movement

A fish taco fellowship (in honor of Jesus’ resurrection appearance on the beach) will cap off
the morning. If you're not a fish person, chicken and other fixings will be available too. 

 New or Old? Connections to the Past

a chance to celebrate the joy of Easter in an embodied way
a week after we’ve celebrated Easter in a glorious way

While this is just the third time we’ve celebrated in this way, this moving worship service (pun intended!) also taps into deep customs of the church. An old custom of the church is “Bright Sunday” - perhaps you’ve known it as “Holy Humor Sunday.” For centuries in all Christian faith traditions, the whole week after Easter has been observed as “days of joy and laughter” with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Some even include practical jokes! The custom is rooted in the musings of the fathers of the early church (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom) who talked about “the Easter laugh,” with God tricking or playing a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead.

The Alleluia 5k worship builds on the joy and fellowship of the Holy Humor tradition. It emphasizes that celebrating and believing in the resurrection is not just in our heads, but something we live out in and with our bodies.