Prayer-ables, The Lord’s Prayer, and Holy Week

Dear Friends,
We have been praying our way through Lent.  I hope that the practices that I have introduced have been helpful to you in this season of penitence and hope.  We have two Sundays left in Lent, and two more aspects of prayer to explore. 
On April 3rd, we will read two parables about perseverance in prayer. I like to call them Prayer-ables! Stories that teach us a deeper truth. We will also lift up the Lord’s Prayer as found in Luke’s gospel.  On Palm Sunday, we will reflect upon Prayerful Walking. Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey and people shouted Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. He continued his pilgrimage all the way to Golgotha, praying at the table of Passover, praying in the garden, praying from the cross.  How will we begin our pilgrimage through Holy Week?  Prayerful Walking helps us clear our mind of other distractions so we can focus on God’s leading, taking steps to have the same mind as Jesus. 
On Maundy Thursday, we will be worshiping with our neighbors at First United Methodist Church. Our choirs will combine, and I will offer the message. On Friday, you will have the chance to walk a labyrinth at the Methodist church. It is a gift to be in partnership with our neighbors and to worship together.  I hope you will attend and deepen your own walk with God as we remember Jesus’ body broken and blood shed for us.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Nancy
Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer,
Transitional Pastor