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Holy Week Is Upon Us

Dear Friends,

If you were not able to join us for worship this past Sunday, you missed a truly moving , breathtaking, deeply dramatic presentation of the Passion of our Lord. We want to thank our music director, John Rea, who wrote and produced the play (with some pretty good material from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) as well as all of our choirs for their hours of preparation.

Tonight at 7:30 we begin our three day journey from despair to hope, from darkness to light, from death to life. Here is our worship schedule for Holy Week:

Maundy Thursday – 7:30 PM
Tonight we are reminded that our life of discipleship is a life of forgiveness and servanthood. We are commanded by Jesus to love one another and we are united with Christ, with the saints, and with one another at the Lord's Supper. This brings us great strength in our own life of discipleship.

Good Friday Service of Tenebrae (Darkness and Light) at 7:30 PM
In this deeply moving service that begins in light and ends in darkness, we gather around the word, prayer, and the cross, the central sign of our salvation.

Easter Vigil – Liturgy of Light, Word, Baptismal Remembrance, and Holy Communion at 5:00 PM
In this historic, deeply symbolic service, we are reminded of the great acts of God from Creation to Exodus to Resurrection. God's saving grace is proclaimed, then light fills the church as that grace fills us. Come and experience profound readings, wonderful music, and a first glimpse of the resurrection.

Easter Sunday – 8:15 and 11:00 AM:
We rejoice at the empty tomb. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Participating in the upcoming evening services can only heighten your sense of joy when we celebrate the resurrection. Think about family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors etc who could join you for one of these special services.
As we approach the cross and the empty tomb in worship, consider the following questions:
  • What needs resurrecting in your life?
  • What makes it hard to turn this over to God and trust that God will bring you, too, through darkness to light, through death to new life?
Holy God, remind us of your presence with us when we stumble, suffer or are afraid in any way. Give us strength, courage, and peace. Help us to be an encouragement and a sign of life to others. Amen

See you in church!
Peace,
Pastor Mueller

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