Dear family and friends at First Pres,
This past Sunday, Pastor Nic reminded us of three scriptural truths: That each of us and as a church have been given gifts from God; there are those “right times” to best use the gifts we have been given; and our context best determines how to use the gifts we have to invest. He left us asking how we are using the gifts for the glory of God in and throughout our lives and this community.
This week we are celebrating with the Church worldwide the glorious excitement of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on what we term, Palm Sunday (see Luke 19:28-40
). His entry into the Holy City inaugurates Holy Week when we consciously slow down and pay attention to Jesus’ day-by-day movement to the Cross and finally Easter. Our desire is to hurry to Easter morning, but Holy Week reminds us to slow our pace down and remember that before there can be Easter Alleluias, we must go through the tears and depths of pain of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
We will move from Palm Sunday and looking at our expectations of who Messiah is and gather again next Thursday, or, Maundy Thursday. We are going to celebrate a little differently this year in that we are going to have a moving Tenebrae Service Thursday as opposed to our typical Passion Play. The Passion Play was always meant to be offered every other year and we are returning to that schedule (so don’t worry because it’ll be back next year with Dan Arnold reprising his role of Jesus!). Our Tenebrae Service is a service of light, shadows, and the telling of the events of Jesus’ final night. We will also be having communion that evening. We are also having a Good Friday service at noon, followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Easter services begin with our Sunrise Service in Colee Hammock Park at 8 a.m., our Contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. and our Traditional Easter service in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. Let’s invite our pre-churched guests and pack the place out this week!
Remember who you are, you are a child of God! Proclaim the Good News of Jesus wherever you go and be His loving hands and feet to the world! I am
Your pastor and friend,