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A Word From The Pastor…

The liturgical calendar and our secular calendars seem to be colliding with each other this year.  For the first time in seventy-three years Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fell on the same day putting a slightly different spin on the way most preachers, myself included, preached the sermon on Ash Wednesday.   The focus was on God’s unending love for us as we enter the Lenten season and instead of giving something up…how do we return to God his love for us through our  actions to one another and towards God?

The remainder of March finds us focusing on the final weeks of Lent until we reach Palm Sunday leading into Holy Week.  As we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant ride into Jerusalem where the people hailed him as the King of Kings, the mood shifts as we hear the voices from the crowds’ shout,” Crucify him!  Crucify him!”

Maundy Thursday, we gather to hear the Lord give us a new commandment, “to love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34) As always Jesus’ words are supported well in advance by his actions.  As he gathered with his disciples sharing a meal, he exemplified his love for them in the intimate act of foot washing.

We return for a Tenebrae Service on Good Friday where we hear the voices of those who were present for the death of Jesus on the cross.    As the candles are extinguished leaving us in complete darkness we hear the cries of Jesus and his last breath taken.  It is done!

As we continue through Lent and into Holy Week, let us come prepared to not only hear the Word of God proclaimed but to actively be a part of the experience through our senses, our emotions, and our love for Christ.  May we live through the experiences of Holy Week with a sense of hope knowing that death does not have the last word.   Stay tuned for the rest of the story!

Lenten Blessings,
Pastor Dody