I hope and pray you are having a meaningful Lent. I have been working through the Living Compass's Lenten devotional and have recommitted to be more intentional about listening to God through Lent, either on the pages of my journal or in Centering prayer. Recently, as I was doing a bit of centering prayer, one of our beagle mutts, Petey, hopped into my lap on the couch. Instead of chasing him off, I decided to share the love that God had me enfolded in with him. As I tried to get Petey to calm down enough to let me cuddle him, he wrestled against my embrace, much as I wrestle in my mind against being still in God's love. My love for this little dog persisted as he squirmed in my lap, as I trust God's love for me holds steady when my brain is all over the place....Petey didn't stay long on my lap, but his "interruption" and the feeling of deep and abiding love that welled up in me, gave me a glimpse of the depth of God's love for me! Whether you have given something up or taken something on or haven't done anything about Lent at all, may you know that God's abiding love is there for you!
As we journey through the rest of Lent, we have opportunities to worship together at our regular service times along with the chance to participate in group discussions focused on different videos we have been watching at noon and 7:00PM on Thursday's. The noon group has met with a brown bag lunch and we've had soup and bread at 6:30PM during the evening group. The conversations have been rich and meaningful to me and I hope to the participants as well. Thanks for taking the time to share this time with one another. April 6th will be the last of the film series and if you haven't had a chance to join us, please do. The films have had some common themes, but each one can be viewed on its own without seeing the others.
I look forward to celebrating Holy Week with you beginning April 9th on Palm Sunday. There are several opportunities during that week to worship and ponder Our Lord's Passion. May we appreciate anew God's love and sacrifice for us. "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." (John 15:13)
With Love and Gratitude,
MAUNDY THURSDAY - April 13th
Agape Meal - 6:30PM
Maundy Thursday Liturgy 7:30PM
Maundy Thursday Vigil - immediately following the service until midnight
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES - April 14th
NOON AND 7:30PM
Stations of the Cross for Kids - 4PM (Pizza with the priest to follow)
Experiential Stations of the Cross will be open 5PM – 7PM and immediately following the 7:30PM SERVICE
EASTER DAY - April 16th
5AM GREAT EASTER VIGIL
8AM EASTER SERVICE
10:30AM EASTER SERVICE WITH MUSIC, FOLLOWED BY EASTER EGG HUNT