Monday, March 23, 2015

Palm Sunday....Holy Week Begins....

Image:Anglicans Online Resources for Holy Week
Holy Week Services:
Palm Sunday at Bethany - 10:45am, March 29th
Maundy Thursday at Bethany - 6pm, April 2nd
Good Friday at Bethany - 7pm, April 3rd
Easter Vigil at Holy Trinity - 7pm, April 4th
Easter Sunday at Bethany - 9am-10:30am Breakfast/Egg Hunt; 10:45am Worship

The Purpose and Place for Holy Week...On Sunday, March 29th we begin the celebration of Holy Week. We process with palms waving high and voices joyful as we recall our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Like the crowds we are caught up in in the celebration almost forgetting how Jesus’ last visit to Jerusalem will end. Although, in the Biblical account, the time from Jesus entry into Jerusalem and his crucifixion is not seven days, the church chose to mark Jesus’ entry, death and resurrection with the significant number of seven days. Not only do we think of the creation account in Genesis with six days of creation and a seventh day of rest, but we also think to the ancient belief that seven represented the holy or divine. And so, the church dedicates seven days to commemorate Jesus’ final days. From Palm Sunday on the 29th we move to Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday. On this day we remember Jesus’ final gathering with his disciples over a meal and Jesus’ final instructions. The mood suddenly changes as we, with the disciples, are struck by Jesus words, “one around this table will betray me.” The wind is knocked out of us as Jesus insists that he must die and on the third day rise again. As Jesus’ closest friends and followers the unwillingness to believe or listen to Jesus’ difficult words is understandable. Who, when a dear friend says they are near death does not feel a pang of disbelief or even defiance. But as Thursday draws to a close we move from joyful meal to the tearful garden and Jesus’ arrest. The disciples flee and we leave our worship in silence.
Then, the very next day, we gather again in sorrow at the foot of a cross on which Jesus hangs. In a service of darkness we remember God’s deep love for us. A love that taught us, a love that called us children of the most high God and a love that was not welcomed by the world of power. We sit in darkness holding on to what hope we have trusting that Jesus, this love of God incarnate has not been defeated. Saturday we gather again and keep vigil (watch) to see if the light will return. We will not be disappointed. From out of the darkness comes light brighter than we have ever known it. Easter dawns and we hear God’s reply to the world, “Jesus Lives! Alleluia!”

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Malaria Campaign!

For the month of March we are inviting folks to donate monetary funds to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. This five year campaign has nearly reached its goal of raising $15million. In this final year of the campaign we have candles and netting pins for those who are able to give any donation to say thank you for your support over the last five years.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Eve Worship

Candlelight Service with Holy Communion
Christmas Eve
December 24th
6:30pm - Special Music
7:00pm - Worship Begins

A service to proclaim that light has entered the world and the darkness cannot overcome it.
A service to remember God's deep love for all creation.
A service to stand in awe of a God willing to be born into our life, our existence as a vulnerable child.
A service of song and joy.
A service where all are welcome just as they are.


Monday, December 8, 2014

58th Annual St. Lucia Festival

St. Lucia Festival
Sunday, December 14th at 7pm
Smorgasbord Fellowship following Festival
All community members are welcome to attend this Swedish Tradition

2013 St. Lucia Festival