Lenten reminders: Holy Week and Easter fast approaching!

Palm Sunday, April 14: Blessing Bags

This year our “40 Challenge” is to create 40 Blessing Bags to be donated to those in need.  (The number 40 represents the number of days in Lent.)  Each bag is planned to contain: Chapstick; razors and shaving cream; 3-in-1 hair and body wash; Kleenex; Wet Wipes; toothpaste and toothbrush; deodorant; Q-Tips; bottle of water; and healthy snacks.  Thank you to all who collected items for these Blessings Bags during Lent.  We will bless them during our worship on Palm Sunday.

On Palm Sunday, JoAnn Carpenter, Director of Development at Refuge of Hope, will be at our service to speak and receive the “Blessing Bags”.  

April 14 – April 20: Holy Week

Holy Week begins on April 14 with Palm Sunday.  For that service, we will worship God through a procession with palms followed by a dramatic reading of The Passion of Our Lord according to St. Luke.  Our Maundy Thursday Service will be on April 18 at 7 PM.  We will have the stripping of the altar during that service.  We will also offer Holy Communion as we remember the very first Holy Communion at the Last Supper.  Our Good Friday (April 19) observance will also be at 7 PM, which will be a Tenebrae Service. Tenebrae means “shadows” or “darkness.”  This service involves the extinguishing of candles as a reminder of the darkness surrounding the Passion and Death of our Lord. 

Sunday, April 21: The Resurrection of our Lord

We will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday, April 21t, at our regular worship time of 9:30 AM.  Holy Communion will be offered on this day of Christian celebration. In celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord, the Communion wine will be a sparkling wine (Spumante).  There are several reasons for this.  The bubbles rising to the top are a symbolic reminder of our Lord rising from the grave.  Second, the color of the wine matches the liturgical colors of the day (white and gold).  Third, we normally associate champagne with joy and celebration.  Easter Sunday is the most appropriate day for us Christians to celebrate joyfully our Savior’s victory over sin and death.