Walking Through Holy Week

Dear Friends,
 
We are nearly ready to begin our Holy Week journey. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, where the crowds welcome Jesus to Jerusalem with shouts of Hosanna! We move from that festive mood into Maundy Thursday, when Jesus gathers with his disciples for the Passover Meal, what we refer to as the Last Supper. Passover is the remembrance of the Angel of Death passing over the homes of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt, leading to their release. Those who put the blood of a lamb over their doorway were spared the death of their first-born. As we move into the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus’ betrayal, we understand that now Jesus is the sacrificial lamb. His body broken, his blood poured out for our salvation from sin.
 
We will offer a worship service live streamed at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 1st. Communion will be celebrated. Then on Good Friday we remember with both sadness and hope how Jesus gave his life over to be crucified. We gather once again in joy on Easter Sunday to rejoice with Alleluias! Christ is risen, indeed!
 
I hope that you will find time in the coming week to reflect upon Jesus’ death so that we may live again. Take some time journaling or walking or sitting quietly to feel the depth of this holy time. How does Jesus’ life transform your own life?
 
I am so grateful that we will be able to gather outdoors (weather permitting) for worship on Palm Sunday and Easter. It will be good to see your faces, — masks and all!
 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Nancy
 
Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer,
Transitional Pastor