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PONDERINGS OF PASTOR PAUL….
It has been a blessed Lenten Journey, but the journey is nearly over … In a couple of weeks we will be celebrating EASTER and NEW LIFE… that the promise of God’s presence is with us always.
We added a beautiful garden to our sanctuary for Lent this year, thanks to Dawn and Scott Bradley. Our lives/faith are much like the beautiful garden that is growing in our sanctuary. On the first day of Lent our garden began with dirt and rocks – a way to show our Lenten Journey with Jesus in the wilderness. Over the weeks new life has started to form and bud and grow. We, too, began our Lenten Journey’s on Ash Wednesday with a clean slate… it feels like the desert wilderness… but over time, during Lent, our faith begins to bud and new life - new faith - new hope begins to pop out. But now, at this half-way point in the Lenten Season, we live in the “already – but not net” period – It is almost time for us to celebrate God’s beautiful kiss with the world by bringing new life to us all…. But we are not quite there. We have to finish this Lenten Journey. We have to encounter the rich fullness of this waiting period. We have to encounter Holy Week, and remember Jesus’ last week of anticipation, fellowship, denial, betrayal, and ultimately death before we can truly experience the joy of Easter… Already – but not yet.
As we continue to grow and bud on the “Already – but not yet” part of our Lenten Journey, I invite you to continue engaging with the beauty of the season. Experience our spiritual growth on Sunday mornings as we learn of the Six Growth Principles of our faith. I encourage you to engage in the stillness of the Wednesday night Taize services, which provide a special spiritual connection with the Holy through beautiful music, reflective scriptures, prayer, and inspiring messages as we reflect on Henri Nouwens’ writings. I invite you to join us on Sunday, April 13, as our Holy Week begins with the Palm Sunday celebration. Throughout Holy Week, we will journey with Jesus and the disciples as we gather for worship on Maundy-Thursday. We will first come together, as a family, for a meal (Soup and Sandwiches) and then participate in a special worship to remember the significance of this night. On Friday we will gather for our powerful, moving Good Friday Service and experience Jesus’ final day through our Tenebrae Service. Then on Sunday morning the celebration begins! Our youth are providing their annual Easter Breakfast and we will have our Easter Services @ 8:30am and 11:00am (both services are the same) for communion and celebration of the glorious resurrection!
Easter brings us full-circle on our garden as well. Easter is two days before Earth Day. We felt it was fitting to celebrate Easter and Earth Day with our sanctuary garden in full bloom with flowers abundant… NEW LIFE will be present and plentiful! Like the garden, our lives will be fully in bloom… as we encounter the joy of God’s gift of the resurrection for us all. What a wonderful symbol of hope and life and love.
SO -- Join us for the journey…. Join us for this hope…. Join us and experience the promise of NEW LIFE!
HOLY WEEK 2014
|Sun, Apr 13||8:30 & 11:00am||Palm Sunday Service|
|Thurs, Apr 17||
|Maundy Thursday Soup & Sandwich with Worship (incl Foot Washing & Communion)|
|Fri, Apr 18||6:30pm||Good Friday Tenebrae Service|
|Sun, Apr 20||7:30 - 10:30am||Easter Pancake Breakfast|
|8:30 & 11:00am||Easter Worship w/Communion|