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Cloaks on the Rood
March 23, 2021, 2:22 PM

Dear Friends,

            Holy Week and Easter are upon us. We continue to operate with two services – one in the sanctuary in person and one on Zoom.  We would like to provide an opportunity to welcome as many as possible to participate with a short outdoor service Easter morningStill masking and distancing, we are inviting everyone to bring lawn chairs for a short Easter morning (late sunrise) service at 8:15 a.m. in the grassy area between the sanctuary and the Friendship Classroom/Choir room part of the building. The service will last about thirty minutes. 

Our outdoor service will be the first chance most of us will have had in a year to be together, so I hope you will avail yourselves of this opportunity! Please note: This service is weather permitting because the kitchen area and closets are still under repair and their contents are currently stored in the fellowship hall.   

            From that service, those who are staying for the 9 am Easter Sanctuary Worship will then be able to go in and prepare, while others can return home to join in the Easter Zoom service at 10:15. Both services will get to enjoy another virtual Choir Special!

            This Sunday, March 28th, our Palm Sunday service will be just a bit different this year, in that we will be using Luke’s version of Jesus’ approach to Jerusalem. Luke does make any reference to palm branches or tree branches being waived by the crowd to hail Jesus’ coming.  Instead, they threw their cloaks on the road and put a couple on the colt Jesus rode, to honor and pay tribute to him. Jim Lackey has prepared a great visual for those in the sanctuary to have during worship. And I invite those on Zoom to gather a cloak or two and place them on their table, stand or floor underneath your communion elements for this “Palm/Cloak” Sunday worship.

            During Holy Week, we will observe Maundy Thursday and Good Friday via Zoom. For Maundy Thursday, April 1st, we will share a short communion service, also using Luke’s Gospel, and our focus will be on the disciples’ shocked question, “Is it I?” Everyone participating will again need to have Communion elements ready to share in the Last Supper. 

            On Friday, April 2nd, our Good Friday service will be observing the Stations of the Cross, similar to what we did last year. Several households will prepare and present individual stations, as we follow Jesus’ movement to the cross and crucifixion. Every household will need to gather as many of these items to enhance your participation with the various stations. You can gather: a small cross, a small handheld mirror, a handkerchief or Kleenex, two small bowls-one containing a tablespoon of water and the other a teaspoon of vinegar, a nail, and a pinch of some type of pungent spice (cinnamon and nutmeg work, as does anise or garlic). 

            All the Zoom information, for our Holy Week services, is listed in this newsletter. I hope everyone will dedicate the time this Holy Week to join in our worship, celebration, and remembrance of Jesus’ purpose for coming to Jerusalem and what it has meant for us and the world ever since! I look forward to worshipping with you this coming week!

In Christ’s service together wherever He leads,

David