As I write this message for “The Chimes,” we are busy working on the liturgies and bulletins for Holy Week.
It has been a powerful Lenten journey this year as we have traveled through the scriptures on Sundays and Wednesdays. Our Wednesday evening preachers have brought us wonderful messages on the theme “The Lord has Anointed Me! What Does it Mean to Be the Church?”
We chose that theme because as we celebrate our 250th anniversary this year, Pastor Laura and I thought this was a good way to give thanks for the saints who have gone before us, and also to look forward in vision.
Looking ahead to Holy Week worship…
On Palm Sunday, March 29, both liturgies (9:00 & 10:45) will begin down in front of the parsonage with the Blessing of the Palms and a procession up to the church.
Maundy Thursday, April 2, worship at 12 noon and 7:00 will bring us to the Last Supper with Jesus and his disciples. The evening liturgy will conclude with The Stripping of the Altar and Chancel as all adornments are removed in preparation for Good Friday.
At our Good Friday Liturgy on April 3, we will use the traditional Service of Tenebrae (darkness, shadows). There will be eight candles across the altar. As each section of the Passion concludes, one candle will be extinguished and the lights will be dimmed, eventually leaving the church in total darkness. Worship is at 7:00 pm.
Then the glory of the resurrection will be rung in on Easter Sunday, April 5, with choirs and brass and bells, and celebration and color and smells; with Word and Sacrament and rejoicing!
The Easter liturgies are at 9:00 and 10:45.
Please note: the second service on both Palm Sunday and Easter will begin at 10:45.
My sincere gratitude to all of you who labor so diligently in preparing and leading our worship.
Pastor Skip McDowell