Pastor Pondering, March 22
We have now made nearly all of the journey through the season of Lent. We started on February 14, Valentine’s Day, when we were reminded of our mortality and our need for God. We have traveled these weeks and days singing hymns in minor keys, reading through the Gospel of John, passing out slips of paper and praying for someone in the congregation we may not even know. Easter is on the way, but before we get to the “Alleluias,” colored eggs and Easter flowers, we still have to make our way through the hardest part of the story. We have to hear that the only way to Easter takes us through rejection, suffering, and death of Holy Week. We begin that last part of the journey this Sunday as we wave our palm branches, but also hear what will follow after for Jesus and his followers.
On Wednesday, March 28, we will hear Rev Dr. Ray Moreland lead us through the portion of the Gospel of John that talks about the arrest, trial and crucifixion Jesus. This will be the last of our Lenten Programs for this year.
On Thursday, March 29, we will gather for worship that will celebrate Holy Thursday when Jesus gave us the commandment to love one another and demonstrated what love looks like by washing his disciples’ feet and offering himself to us in the bread and wine. (Worship service at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary with combined choirs and holy communion).
On Friday, March 30, we will meet in the chapel for a service that takes us on to the cross and reveals to us just how far God in Christ will go to win us over in love. Worship will be at 7:00 pm.
(Saturday will be a busy day with the Easter Egg hunt and preparing the sanctuary for Easter morning.)
On Sunday, April 1, we will gather to see what God’s love can do. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the ways in which his story becomes our story and hope and life are offered to us here and now. Easter falls on April Fool’s Day this year, but the joke is not on those who believe. Rather it is on those who thought that death was the end.
See you in church,