Sunday, 31 March 2019 02:50

April 2019

Message from the Pastor

The snow is melting, the birds are chirping! We are beginning to get sightings of robins and daffodils. It looks like we have survived another winter here in the Poconos. Easter is around the corner – Hooray!

As we work our way through Lent, we now turn our eyes to Holy Week. Believe it or not there are people who do not know anything about Holy Week and there are some Christians who skip over Holy Week right to Easter. However, for many of us we know it is an important because it is the holiest of all weeks on our Christian calendar. This week starts with Palm Sunday, which is also called Passion Sunday because we read the story leading up to the crucifixion and death of Christ on the cross. The day begins with waving palm branches and

remembering how Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey. We all enjoy singing on this day, as we sing Hosanna and wave Palm branches. In some churches, there are reenactments of this day with real donkeys in church. This year Palm Sunday is April 14th.

After Palm Sunday, we will gather again on Maundy Thursday, April 18th at 7 p.m. The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word that means “mandate” or “command.” On this day Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment that you love one another.” So this day is Holy Love Thursday. What the world needs is love. On the same night, Jesus teaches His disciples about humble service by washing the disciples’ feet. This is the job of a servant. So on this same day Jesus teaches us to serve one another in humility. Holy Serving Thursday.

And Jesus was not finished, on top of that he fed his disciples. He gave them a meal we call Holy Communion. He transformed the Last Supper into the Lord’s Supper and commanded us that we should do it in remembrance of him. So that day became Fellowship Thursday as well, when we meet to break simple bread and drink simple juice together in remembrance of Him.

The next day is Good Friday. There is no Resurrection without Good Friday. Theologians have argued that Good Friday is as important as Easter and I agree. We cannot have a resurrection without death.

Once again, we will gather for worship at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 19th to enjoy a wonderful service in the sanctuary as we hear scripture, sing songs and light candles to remember Jesus’ death on the cross that brought us eternal life. So that is the reason why Good Friday is good because it was followed by Easter.

Easter is a day we shout for joy! We shout for life’s victory over death. On Good Friday death appears to have won and there was suffering and pain. In our own world today, we see death everywhere. There is suffering in this world. Our hearts break for victims of violence and tragedy, accidents, natural disasters, and war. Our hearts break for children suffering because of broken homes, our hearts break for people who have lost loved ones, lost jobs, lost hopes, lost dreams, and our hearts break for people afflicted by addictions.

In the face of all this, we have hope because of the resurrection. Jesus entered our world of suffering and death to bring us life in the face of death, light in the midst of darkness. Sometimes this is hard to believe but that is what our faith teaches us and that is all we can believe.

Below is our schedule for Holy Week and Easter:

  • April 14 ‣ Palm Sunday: Passion Sunday regular services
  • April 18 ‣ Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m. service
  • April 19 ‣ Good Friday: 7 p.m.
  • April 21 ‣ Easter Sunday:
    • 6:30 a.m. - Sunrise Service. Be there by 6:15 to see the sunrise!
    • 8:15 a.m. - Resurrection Service with Holy Communion
    • 9:30 a.m. - Contemporary Service with Holy Communion
    • 11 a.m. - Resurrection Service with Holy Communion

So, please let our journey through Lent lead us into Holy Week as we enter into the passion of Christ. I believe Jesus is with us on this journey and he has already won the victory.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Kofi

Song of the Week

I'll Rise Again (YouTube Video)

by Dallas Holm

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