Holy Week

meditation_table.fwJust a note to say thank you for allowing me to be with my family last week at the time of my brother-in-law’s death.  It was very meaningful for our family to be together.  I presided over a committal service and a memorial service while in Boise.  Our entire family is grateful for your concern, prayers, cards, emails and calls.  You are a caring and generous congregation.

Now once more we have come to Holy Week.  In cooperation with Covenant Presbyterian Church, we are offering a number of opportunities to worship and commemorate this blessed time that leads toward Easter.  Tomorrow night we will host the Maundy Thursday service with a simple soup supper, Communion around the tables and a visit to some of the “stations of the cross.”  Friday night, Covenant will host a lovely an d moving service of Tenebrae, which includes a reading of the Passion account from Luke’s gospel interspersed with music, prayer and an extinguishing of the light, as we recall the Crucifixion and its aftermath.  Saturday, Covenant will host an Easter Celebration for Children of the community to which we are invited.  We can also use a number of helpers on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM to set up for the brunch and get the church ready for Easter.

And then Easter Day itself!  As we find again our alleluias, we will gather for Sunrise worship in the bowl in Mitchell Park (where we held joint worship last summer.) Dress warmly to greet the Easter dawn.  This will be followed by a pancake breakfast at Covenant.  Then at 10:00 AM we will gather at First Baptist to celebrate Easter in music, prayer and proclamation, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt and our annual Easter Brunch, for which we are all encouraged to bring finger food to share.

This is a beautiful, intense, and ultimately joyful time in the life of the Church and in the life of our congregation.  I hope to see you – as well as your families, friends, colleagues, neighbors and anyone else you might ask to come along – at any and all of these events.

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.

Pastor Rick

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