Sunday, April 2, 2023
Worship – In-person and Streaming at 9:30 a.m.
The image is “Entry into Jerusalem,” by Wilhelm Morgner, in the Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany.
Sunday will begin beautifully as we gather in the Narthex with our palms in hand. We will say together, as did those first disciples, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” We will process into the sanctuary together, re-enacting in our small way along with Christians all around the world, the Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. That’s when the tone of the service will shift from the joy and celebration of the entry, to the drama of the passion of Jesus. All along, the disciples have misunderstood who Jesus really came to be and how he would accomplish our salvation. They were anticipating the victorious Messiah. Jesus came to be the Suffering Servant. Join us on Sunday to hear a portion of Matthew’s Passion Narrative, and to mark the shift from the joy of Palm Sunday to the passion of Holy Week.
In-Person Worship: Masking is strongly encouraged, especially if you are singing, (masks remain available in the Narthex if you do not have one), but is no longer required. We continue to strongly recommend that you keep up with boosters. Please plan to maintain social distancing and to hand sanitize often. During fellowship time when you are in close proximity to others, masking is highly recommended. If you are feeling unwell for any reason, please remain home and enjoy the services of worship online. Please understand that the pandemic is not yet over and conditions may require a return to masking at some point in the future.
In the Church Offices: Masking remains required when in the church offices and the Chapel.
The Church Office is usually open Mondays – Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. with Tracy working from home on Thursdays. Masking remains required when in the church offices. Staff requests that you continue to practice masking, social distancing, and hand washing when you visit the office.
Join Us for Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship, in-person and streamed online.
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Midday Prayer will not meet this Maundy Thursday, April 6 (join us for the evening soup supper and service instead). Midday Prayer will resume April 13. Join us Thursdays at 12:15 p.m., in the Chapel, for sharing of concerns and joys, hearing and contemplating scripture from the daily lectionary, and the offering of intercessions.
Food & More Program Item of the Month: For April the item is Single Roll Paper Towels. Please place it in the Food & More box near the church office.
Easter Sunrise Celebration at Meadowbrook Park – 6:30 a.m. at the Race Street Shelter. As we journey through Lent, we look forward to joyous celebration of the Risen Lord on Easter Sunday, April 9. An early morning service of readings, song and communion is planned. (Individually packaged communion elements will be used.) Light refreshments and fellowship at the shelter will follow. (Note: Participation involves a bit of walking in the area near the Race Street Shelter; if you would like to come, but would benefit from use of a transport chair, please let us know in advance.) In the case of rain, we will remain in the shelter for the service. If you are planning to attend the service and would be willing to serve as a reader, please notify Liz Greeley: email@example.com.
Wellness Lenten Activity: For the season of Lent, The Wellness Committee is challenging you to consider how your food choices can help improve your own health and the wellness of our planet. We have compiled a list of weekly suggested activities. Below is Week 6. See the February 19 bulletin or March 1 Open Door for the complete list.
Week 6 – April 2 – 8: Pledge not to drink bottled water. According to Eat This Not That (8/13/2020), “While municipal water systems must notify their customers of test results showing contamination that could pose an immediate health risk, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, companies that bottle water don't operate with the same safeguards in place.” Some of these contaminants can include arsenic, plastic particles, E. coli, mold, and carcinogens. When you add in the environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles, regular use of bottled water is just not worth the risk to your health and the planet. Try filling your own re-useable bottle from our delicious local regulated tap water (even better – use a filter).
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