Holy Week Events
10:00 am - Make palm crosses with Laura Cosner
Palm Sunday - March 20th
10:30 am - Palm Sunday procession and worship service
Maundy Thursday - March 24th
7:30 pm - Service of Worship, Communion, foot-washing
Good Friday - March 25th
7:30 pm - A Worship service of remembrance of Christ's atoning sacrifice on the cross
10:00 am - Community Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Sunday - March 27th
6:45 am - Easter Sonrise Service (outdoor chapel)
8:00 am - Easter Breakfast and Fellowship
10:30 am - Easter worship and celebration with a living cross (please bring flowers)
Reflections on Easter
One of the courses I excelled in as a youngster was Geography. I have always enjoyed studying maps, and exotic locations. Now with the invention of MapQuest and other websites and Apps, I can go to my computer or cell phone, log on and zoom in on any location on earth. It's fascinating!
Now many years later, I can still recall a geography lesson in which we learned that the southernmost point of Africa is a point which for centuries has experienced tremendous storms. For many years no one even knew what lay beyond that cape, for no ship attempting to round that point had ever returned to tell the tale. Among the ancients it was known as the "Cape of Storms," and for good reason. But then a Portuguese explorer in the sixteenth century, Vasco De Gama, successfully sailed around that very point and found beyond the wild raging storms, a great calm sea, and beyond that, the shores of India. The name of that cape was changed from the Cape of Storms to the Cape of Good Hope.
Until Jesus Christ rose from the dead, death had been the cape of storms on which all hopes of life beyond had been wrecked. No one knew what lay beyond that point until, on Easter morning, those ancient, prophetic visions of Isaiah became the victory of Jesus over our last great enemy. Suddenly, like those ancient explorers, we can see beyond the storm to the hope of heaven and eternal life with the Father. More than that, we dare to believe that we shall experience in our own human lives exactly what the Son of God experienced in his.
The risen Christ says to us, "Because I live, you shall live also" and we now can sing the beautiful hymn written by Bill and Gloria Gaither, "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, all fear is gone, because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives!" This is the heart of the Easter faith. Hallelujah, Jesus lives.
Please make plans to join us during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday as we are reminded that the storms of life can be turned into calming seas of blessed peacefulness. Come and celebrate with great joy the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of everlasting life!
~ Pastor Steve ~