Pastor’s Message – March 29, 2022

The Most Important Time of the Year

We have entered the second half of the Lenten season, and the holiest week of the year grows closer. Even though Holy Week does not begin until April 10, now is a good time for us to make preparations for how we will remember our Lord’s final week on earth. Every year it is tempting for us to rush to Easter’s glory, but we must, as we say in the Lord’s prayer, not be ‘led into temptation.’

I was thrilled with how many of you attended the Ash Wednesday worship service at the beginning of Lent, and I hope you will plan to mark the end of Lent in solemn worship, too. Here is our schedule for Holy Week and Easter Sunday with some explanation for each.

Sunday, April 10 at 11AM: Palm Sunday / Children’s Sabbath
*We will not have a service at 8:45 this Sunday.*
This year on Palm Sunday, we will only have one service as our children lead us in worship. Not only will they wave their palm branches; they will sing, play piano, read Scripture, and much more.

Thursday, April 14 at 6PM: Holy Thursday Service
We will share in Holy Communion and conclude this service with the stripping of the altar as we share a reading from Luke’s gospel about Jesus’ arrest in the garden.

Friday, April 15 at 12 noon: Good Friday Service
This will be a simple service of prayers, silence, and the reading of the Passion narrative. If you would be interested in serving as one of seven readers, please let me know.

Sunday, April 17 at 845 and 11AM: The Day of Resurrection
We will offer both services on Easter Sunday and look forward to celebrating this truth together: Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 3
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8

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