Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Yesterday I shared my “Call Story” with the congregation. It’s how I described my call from God to be and do what I am and do to people while I was a candidate for ordination some 25 years ago. The reason I shared it, and I’ve done this a few time while serving you here in El Centro, is, that, once I was ordained no one asked me to tell them my Call Story.
So I tell it every so often as a reminder of who I am and whose I am.
I closed by asking the congregation, “What is YOUR Call Story?”
We all have one you know. We have all been called to be Christlike in our ways, in all we are and do. We have answered that call by means of our Baptism. And we now prepare for a renewal of those Baptismal promises beginning with Palm Sunday, April 14th.
And then we enter into Holy Week.
This year we will have a Labyrinth in the Olive Street Center. Labyrinths are an ancient form of meditative prayer. The Olive Street Center will be beautifully set up so your experience will be inspirational. The labyrinth will be open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16-17 from 6-8 p.m.
Maundy Thursday will be April 18. Our worship will be at 7 p.m. It is a celebration of the Last Supper as witnessed by the Gospel of John.
Good Friday will be April 19. This year we will experience a dramatic reading of the Passion of Christ in a service called Tenebrae, or “Darkness” based on a 12th Century late night/early morning meditation on the Passion.
Our Tenebrae service will begin at 7 p.m. Prior to that you can join us at the cross beginning at 6:30.
The Labyrinth will be open each night as well.
Easter Sunday will begin with a Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. followed by breakfast in the Olive Street Center. Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:30
Our Easter Sunday worship will begin at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the children.
Saturday, April 13 Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Pastor Ron’s home. 8 a.m.
Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday Worship at 9 a.m.
Thursday, April 18 Maundy Thursday Worship at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 19 Good Friday Worship beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 Easter Sunrise Worship at 6 a.m.
Easter Worship at 9 a.m. followed by Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
For Healing: For Caroline Stinson. For Pastor Ron. For Bertha Morris. For Gil Perez who fell and broke two ribs and fractured his skull. For Pat Sandbom. For Lindsay Jean (6 year old granddaughter of Francis Rice)
In thanksgiving for the Autism Support Group serving the needs of our community for the past 20 years, as we celebrate National Autism Month.
For recovery efforts in the Mid-west.
For those in need: The poor and the hungry. Victims of violence. Migrants seeking asylum.
For First Responders, for Teachers, for Public Servants.
For our church family.
We praise your name, O Lord.
See you Sunday!
Grace and Peace, Ron
Rev. Dr. Ron P. Griffen
First United Methodist Church, El Centro
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"You are the light of the world. You are the salt of the earth."
--Jesus of Nazereth