Welcome to Judson
Do you know us? We are seekers, believers, doubters and dreamers who gather each Sunday at the corner of 41st and Harriet. We are married, partnered, single, gay and straight; we are families at all ages and stages of life. We are theologically progressive and politically diverse – and we welcome all.
We are from Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, Unitarian and many other faith traditions – and from no tradition. We are Judson Memorial Baptist Church. We strive to learn about and live the love of God.
We invite you to join us any Sunday morning.
SERVICE STARTS AT 9:30 am
This Sunday’s Worship Information:
Homily: Fourth Sunday of Advent: ”Sermon-in-Verse”
Children’s Christmas Pageant:
Time with Children:
Worship Leader: Greg Lehman
Ushers: Bob & Mary Nelson, Wayne & Kathy Urbaniak
Adult Education: Nothing scheduled for today.
LAUNCH MONTHLY CALENDAR
Current month’s bulletins:
Christmas Eve Services will be at 6 pm and 9 pm
There will be two services this year. The first one will be a Christmas Vesper service at 6 pm with carols, stories, and candle-lighting. The second will be a Christmas Eve Service at 9 pm with music from the choir, readings, and ending with circle candle-lighting. We will have a light supper in the Ann Judson Room from 6:45 to 8:15 between the two Christmas Eve services. Please bring an appetizer or some fabulous home-made Christmas treats or a beverage from the convenience store: whatever….you are welcome and we would love to see you. We can always use some elves for set up and clean up. Let one of us know how you can help, extra elf hats are available that evening.
The Blanket of Winter
A quilt of songs to bring comfort in the cold
7:30 pm, December 20, $20 at the door.
Judson Memorial Baptist Church
4101 Harriet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Come for an introspective musical wandering through the season of winter featuring singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen and vocalist Paula Pedersen. Standing outside on a cold, dark night, looking up at the glistening stars, staring down at the sparkling snow… Heading inside in search of warmth and light, food and good cheer. It’s a time of nostalgia and reflection. Holidays sprinkle the path: Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas… Beyond the busy bustle and the wrapping hustle, we are left with a search for deeper meaning, a longing for home, for loved ones here, loved ones lost, for peace, for comfort, for wars to end, for hearts to mend. We light candles, sing songs, celebrate, mourn, dance, and somehow-deep in the dark and the cold-we wander inward, find a spark, kindle hope, and come home.
Support Youth Projects!
The Youth continue to serve coffee from 8:45 to 9:40 am on Sunday mornings. Our coffee supplier is Royal Grounds, plus it’s CarbonNeg, sustainably grown coffee. For $2.25 you get a great cup of coffee and support the Youth Missions and Projects at Judson.
Worship in December
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” begins a familiar, somewhat cheesy Christmas song. In truth, it is, and it isn’t. There is heightened stress in December: more things to do, places to go, people to see, pitfall to avoid. Time goes faster in December, unless you are a child waiting for vacation and gifts.
So what’s a Christian to do with the season of Advent? Stay calm. Keep perspective. Practice hospitality. Be joyful. Have peace. Extend grace. Come to church. Worship at Judson in December will help us cut through the distractions, the distortions, the commercialization, the greed, and the hypocrisy. Worship in December will help us keep the main thing the main thing.
The story is simple and familiar–full of wonder and grace. Join Mary as she “treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Join the shepherds in “praising God for all that they have heard and seen” (Luke 2:20). Join the wise men “overwhelmed with joy” (Matthew 2:10). Join the angels in singing “Glory to God in the highest” (Luke 2:14). Join Simeon and Anna in the peace and praise of an old man and an old woman, who know what is important (Luke 2:22-38).
This month is a special time of connection–with one another and with God. This December, may we join in God’s grace and the hope that the Christmas story brings.
Reflections on Grace for Advent – Copies are also available on the back table in the sanctuary
Following God’s call does not come without certain sacrifices. Retired ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses often have limited options for adequately planning for the future. Medical problems moves or the death of a spouse can also cause these leaders to find themselves far from the church family that once supported them.
RMMO (Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering) provides financial support for the retired ministers, missionaries and widowed spouses who have helped build our churches. The assistance provided by RMMO restores that lifeline and ongoing connection to the ABC family. Like anyone else, retired ministers and missionaries experience anxiety and worry when unforeseen expenses arise. RMMO exists to alleviate the stress and hardship of unexpected expenses.
The roots of RMMO go back to the mid-1930s. When American Baptist congregations received a Communion Fellowship Offering on the first Sunday of each month to support retired ministers, missionaries, and their widowed spouses within their churches. In 1977 American Baptist Churches USA launched the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) to continue this appreciation of God’s service.
Please designate “RMMO” on your check or on the offering envelope. Thank you.
Weddings at Judson
We at Judson Church celebrate that Love is now the Law in Minnesota. We worked hard to make marriage equality a reality. If you are a same sex couple looking for a welcoming & affirming church to host and celebrate your wedding then we are here to serve. Please go over our wedding brochure and then set up a meeting to speak with our Pastor, The Rev. G. Travis Norvell. To see our wedding brochure, please click ”Weddings“. To see the list of fees, please click “fees“