An Enote from Pastor Ron

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Dear Friends,

The Gospel of Mark provides us a day-by-day description of the events of Holy Week. Yesterday, Sunday, we celebrated Palm Sunday, the entry into Jerusalem by Jesus. The scripture passage is Mark 11:1-11

Today, Monday, Jesus leaves Bethany and makes his way back to Jerusalem (it’s only a 45 minute walk) and enters the temple where he drives out he money changers. In effect he is shutting down the temple. Why? Because, he says, “you have made it a den of robbers.” You can follow along by reading Mark 11:12-19.

Tomorrow I’ll write about the fig tree that is mentioned at the beginning of this passage.

During Holy Week we will have two worship services. The first will be Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. We call it Maundy Thursday, remembering the Mandatum Novum, new commandment, to Love One Another. This year our Maundy Thursday worship will be a modified Seder Meal, served in the Olive Street Center. It is the beginning of the celebration of Easter and is not to be missed!

Because there will be an actual meal it is important to RSVP (sign up) so we know how much food to prepare. The sign up will be this Sunday. Or you can email me by responding to this enote. Thanks in advance!!

The second, Good Friday, will be Friday, March 30 from 7-8:00 p.m. This will be an interactive, modified, Stations of the Cross. You will be able to come and walk with Jesus as you remember why we call this Friday good.

I truly hope you will make time for these deeply spiritual evenings. I guarantee your Easter will never be the same if you do.

On the calendar for March (Bold events are this week):

  • Maundy Thursday worship will begin at 7 p.m. in the Olive Street Center. Good Friday worship will be held from 6-8 p.m. and will be an interactive reflection on the Passion of Jesus. 
  • Easter Sunday is April 1st. There will be two celebrations of the resurrection of Jesus, 6:20 a.m. and 10 a.m. 

Here are the prayer requests for this week:

Betty Cloud asks prayers for a safe journey to Indianapolis with her son Matt to visit her brother and his family.

Prayers for all who are traveling this holiday season.

Nicole Pankratz asks prayers for Debbie Cameron and Denise Smith who are both receiving treatment for cancer.

Prayers for the student led marches held this weekend and for the courage of our political leaders to respond through sensible, reasonable laws governing the ownership and use of firearms.

Be well. See you Sunday! (And hopefully on Thursday and/or Friday as well!)

In Christ’s love, Pastor Ron