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We do our best to be the
Body of Christ
in today's world through:
•  Worship and prayer-- together as a congregation, individually in our homes, and publicly in God's world.

Forgiveness and healing--
in our church, among our families and friends, and throughout our community.

  Faith-building-- patterning our minds after the mind of Christ, with each household a community of faith and each gathering a cherished opportunity to share and grow in Christ.

Hospitality--  treasuring everyone who comes our way, striving to be faithful friends and working to help all in need.

Good Citizenship-- both of the Kingdom of God and the govern-
ments of this world, seeking justice, peace and dignity for all people.

•  Caretakers of God's Creation
thankful for all of God's blessings, showing reverence for creation, and living every day mindful of our duty to God.

We Pledge  to be a home for one another and welcome new friends into God's house to go with us on this great adventure.

Adapted from David J. Schlafer and Timothy F. Sedgwick, Preaching What We Practice.  Moorehouse Publishing (Harrisburg PA, 2007)

Rector, Ed PickupTriumph, tragedy, and super-triumph again

Life seems a peculiar cocktail of triumph and tragedy, a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.  If we’re lucky, there are more baptisms than funerals, more weddings than divorces, and the overall spirit that permeates our life together is joy and hope, not despair and suffering.  

Holy Week is a microcosm of our life: It begins with Jesus’s joyful entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  My denomination begins outdoors whenever possible, hears the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, hailed as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  We wave our palm branches as signs of his victory, and sing “All Glory Laud and Honor  to Thee Redeemer King” as we process through the garden and into the doors of the church (representing the gates of Jerusalem.)

On Thursday, we remember the Last Supper on the night before Jesus died.  We remember the Passover of the children of Israel in the land of Egypt: a day of joyful liberation and deliverance for God’s people as they begin their journey to the promised land.  And we see the death and resurrection of Jesus as a parallel journey to salvation, a new Passover.  We re-enact Jesus humbly washing his disciples’ feet as a sign that the church is always intended to be a place of mutual servanthood, where we serve one another and go forth to serve the world.  And we do our best to be obedient to Jesus’ commands both to “do this in remembrance of me” and to “love one another as I have loved you.”  (“Maundy” means “commandment”)

This warmth, sweetness and intimacy turns cold and bitter as the service ends and we strip the church of all things beautiful, veil crosses in black, and go with Jesus to the garden of Gethsemane.  Our beautiful little church becomes plain and sterile, our comfortable intimate dinner becomes harsh and cruel agony.  We revisit Jesus’s suffering, trial, crucifixion and death.  

On Good Friday, we encounter the crucifixion at noon.  We remember that through our sins, we also participate with the crowd that long ago in Jerusalem cried out “Let him be crucified!”  And in the most solemn prayers in the entire year, we pray for Christ’s church, all nations and peoples, all who suffer and are afflicted, all who have not received the Gospel of Christ, and for ourselves, that we might live a more holy life.  Some churches on this day re-enact the Way of the Cross as Jesus goes to be crucified.

Finally on Easter we recall God’s triumph over evil and death, how our baptism joins us to both Jesus’s death and his resurrection.  We recall how God has overcome all of our tragedy in the joy that has no end in the heavenly kingdom with all those we love.  

So, as with life, don’t just go through Holy Week, live it.  Carpe diem.  Seize the day.  Share in Jesus’s agonizing death that you may also share in his joyful resurrection. 

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Holy Week's Events
Through March 27, 2016

  March 20th

  Pancakes!  Palms! Passion!

  • 9:00 a.m.  Pancake Breakfast
  •   pancakes, sausage, butter & syrups, juices, milk and fellowship.
  • Learn how to fold palms into crosses.

    • 10:00 Form a procession outside to carry our Palms with Jesus into the Gates of Jerusalem (the church).
  • Once we enter the church, the focus changes to the passion of Christ.
    • March 24 -- Maundy Thursday: Commemorates the Last Supper and the Passover

      • 6:00 p.m.  The Dinner:  Your choice of Roasted Lamb or Tarragon Chicken, with organic veggies, roasted potatoes, rolls, and desserts.

      • 7:00 -- The Service:  Come and commemorate the last supper with Jesus.  We wash feet, share communion and then strip the altar and go with Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane.
      March 25:  Good Friday
    Commemorates the trial, crucifixion and death of Jesus.

    • Noon:  Solemn Prayers in the church commemorating the crucifixion.
    • 5:30 p.m.  Stations of the Cross.  Begins in the High Street Park.  Walk with Jesus on his way to be crucified.  This service commemorates the 14 events that happened on Good Friday.

     March 27th
    Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
    • 8:00 a.m.  Quiet Communion
    • 9:30 a.m.  Simple Breakfast
    • 10:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt for the Children & Flowering of the Cross. 
    • 10:30 Principal Service:  The Joyful Celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Please bring bells to ring during all the Alleluias!

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