The church is the membership, gathered to worship God, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to celebrate the Sacraments, to enjoy Christian fellowship, to serve others with love, and to strive toward righteousness, justice, and peace.
In the coming month, we will experience once again one of the most intense and varied periods of the church year. On Palm Sunday, there will be shouts of praise...the cries of "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"
A few days later, we will recall the events of the Last Supper…and the betrayal of the Savior. The joyous shouts of the previous Sunday will be forgotten and the future appears bleak. We remember a brief trial and shouts of “Crucify Him. Crucify Him”, and then the Savior’s path leads to the Cross.
We are touched and shaken by that vision of the cross out on that lonely hill. It is the culmination of a rapid transition from joy to sorrow… but it is not the end of our journey. Just like those who experienced it first hand, and with a foreknowledge that they did not enjoy, we find ourselves suddenly raised from the depths of despair to the wonder and glory of Easter morning. “Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia!”
These remaining weeks of Lent are a time for us to ponder all these feelings. Surely, we must feel the anguish of those who watched the Savior sacrifice his life – for us – on the cross. However, above all else, we must prepare our welcome for the resurrected Savior. What a thrill it should be to lift our voices in praise on Easter morning …to be able to say and sing once again “Jesus lives, and so shall I; death, thy sting is gone forever!”
During Holy Week, I hope you attend and participate in the various services that reveal the full scope of that period.
Palm Sunday, April 14 10 A.M. We gather here at St. Paul to celebrate Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and join in the shouts of “Hosanna!”.
Maundy Thursday, April 18 7:00 P.M. We gather in our sanctuary to share with members of Ridge Road and St. Peter U.C.C. the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and ponder the sacrifice it represents.
Good Friday, April 19 7:30 P.M. At Ridge Road U.C.C., we will share the grief and sorrow of the faithful of all generations as the events of the day unfold. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be observed.
Easter Sunday, April 21 10 A.M. We gather in joy to celebrate a day of wonder, as we lift our voices in praise and rejoicing. Join us as we sing those glorious words: “Christ the Lord is risen today. Allelulia!” As we gather at the Lord’s Table on this joyous day, let us remember His gift to us, and the promise it offers.
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