From Woody’s Desk,
Lent is the 40 days before Easter, not including Sundays and begins with Ash Wednesday. Last week several gathered at the church and heard scripture, had prayer and received ashes reminding us that the love of God is by far the most powerful thing in the world.
We continue with special services during lent:
- Palm Sunday, the day Jesus entered the city;
- Maundy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper;
- Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified, and
- Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection.
Between now and then I will be preaching a series of sermons about our Lenten journey with emphasis on several of the stories surrounding Jesus that we are familiar with. They include the Samaritan Woman at the well, the healing of a blind man, the raising of Lazarus, palms of praise and the stone that was rolled away from the tomb.
Our Maundy Thursday service will take place on April 2 in the sanctuary and the overflow area as we share much like the
Disciples did in their Seder meal.
Two community Good Friday services will be held with the first starting at 12:00 at our church.
Finally on Easter, a sunrise cantata will be performed at the Methodist Church followed by worship and praise at 9:30 at First Christian. As we prepare for this journey, our prayers are with each other and-my hopes are that your journey is a smooth and easy one.
Please take time to read carefully the article in this month’s Tidings about the youth Sunday School program. Things are getting underway and after some adjustments, we will have smooth sailing ahead. Anyone who has additional thoughts should come and talk with me so we have the best possible Christian Education program our church can provide.
Our Week of Compassion offering was well received this year. Our next special offering is Easter and the emphasis this year is “Partners in Mission” and we will look at the hundreds of missions the Disciples are involved in. Make sure to share a gift in this special day offering as we near Easter.
As always, we are thankful for those who go the extra step to keep our church open for worship in the cold winter months. Many thanks to those who have plowed the parking lot, shoveled the walks, spread salt and made sure that those who need help on Sunday are able to get in and out of the church building.