Pastor’s Message – April 7, 2020

Holy Week, Easter, and Beyond: What We Need to Know

Dearly Beloved Friends,

Palm / Passion Sunday was our fourth virtual worship service, and what a glorious connection we had from a distance. Thank you for all of the palm branch waving videos and the variety of elements you gathered to share in Holy Communion. I said something in worship on Sunday that I will repeat frequently about this season of social distancing, virtual worship, and modifications:

This is not ideal, nor will this become the norm, but Jesus IS meeting and changing us.

This week marks the most isolating of Jesus’ life as he made the journey to the cross alone, and indeed he will come to us in our own spaces of isolation. Here is what we need to know as we look toward the Day of Resurrection together from a distance:

1. Holy Thursday, April 9 @ 6PM: We will offer a virtual worship service on Facebook Live and to be uploaded to You Tube later. We will share in Holy Communion if you wish to gather the elements in your home.

2. Good Friday, April 10 @ 12 noon: We will live stream a reading of the Passion narrative from the cross in our courtyard on Facebook and upload later to You Tube. We invite you to find a small cross in your home and set up a space where your family can gather around that cross. Get some paper where you can write down the burdens, prayer concerns, and worries you want to leave at the cross, then place them under the cross during the service.

3. Easter Sunday, April 12 @ 11AM & Sunday, April 19 @ 11AM: We will worship together on Facebook Live and on the radio, 100.9FM. The service will later be uploaded to You Tube.

4. You Tube: In the interest of time and convenience, I am uploading videos of the worship services and Wednesday night music service through my You Tube account. Search for “darian duckworth,” and you’ll see a photo of the church to click on. You can then subscribe to the channel and receive notifications when a new video uploads. We will email and text out a link to that You Tube channel.

Be sure to read the whole newsletter for all that you need to know!
all good things to each of you,
Dr. D.

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