Holy Week

easter_cross.fwThis is Holy Week with all the events and remembrance it brings annually. You can see here our schedule for the week. We will share a simple soup supper and Communion on Thursday night. Friday our sanctuary will be open for prayer and meditation from 12 to 3 PM. You may also choose to walk the labyrinth at that time. As Lent draws to a close and we look to Easter, I am reminded of the ways in which Easter is a much more powerful experience when it rises from the agony and pain of the Passion. What do we learn, must we learn, from this time of Lent? Baptists, for whom Lent has not always been a part of our tradition, have the opportunity to learn the value of Lenten practice, particularly the commemoration of Good Friday. Winn Collier, pastor of All Souls Church (a Baptist congregation ) in Charlottesville, Virginia, argues that ignoring Good Friday robs Easter of its meaning. He says, “We have to reckon with ruin and death to fully celebrate the power and liberation of life that we encounter in Christ’s resurrection.”

And on Sunday we will celebrate Easter in all its colorful glory. We will begin with the tender green blade that pushes its way through spring’s thawing ground and end with glorious expressions of reclaimed “Alleluias” in celebration of the Resurrection. The women find the tomb empty on that first morning and soon enough the shouts of “He is risen!” will circle the globe.

Come at 6:00 PM on Thursday for supper and Communion. Spend some time Friday afternoon in our sanctuary. Then be here at 10:00 AM on Sunday for worship and stay for the egg hunt and brunch. What better time to bring others along to share in the life of our community?

May we continue to grow together as God’s people.

Pastor Rick  

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We are a progressive Baptist Church affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. We have been in Palo Alto since 1893. We celebrate our Baptist heritage. We affirm the historic Baptist tenets of: Bible Freedom, Soul Freedom, Church Freedom, Religious Freedom

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