Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message 4/9/17

Grace and peace to you all!

Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.  Together, we’ll move from the excitement of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, into the quiet reverence of the Last Supper, through the confusion of Jesus’ arrest, and to the agony of the cross.

It may not sound like Good News to journey with Jesus through betrayal and death.  Couldn’t we just go from Palm Sunday to Easter, and skip the hard parts?  Yet I believe that this journey to the cross is at the center of our faith: God came to live among us; God received the worst that we could do, even to the point of death; God responded with resurrection and new life for us al.  This story tells us that nothing we do, nothing we experience, nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love (to quote Paul in Romans 8:37-39).

I don’t know about you, but I need a Love like this.  The world, and sometimes my life, can be a real mess!  A Love that journeys through death to resurrection is the only love sturdy enough to sustain us through it all.  A Love like this gives me a solid footing, no matter what comes my way.

I can’t recommend this enough: make time this week to attend as many services as possible!  (We’ll join with the Richmond Congregational Church for the mid-week services.)

Palm Sunday, April 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Williston Federated Church

Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Williston Federated Church

Good Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Richmond Congregational Church

Easter Sunday, April 16: 6:30 a.m., Sonrise Service at the home of Tony and Susan Lamb near Lake Iroquois

Easter Service at 9:30 a.m. Williston Federated Church

If you’re not able to come to the worship services, find time to travel through this week in Matthew’s gospel:

Sunday:  Matthew 21:1-11

Monday:  Matthew 21:12-17

Tuesday:  Matthew 21:23-27

Wednesday:  Matthew 26:1-16

Thursday:  Matthew 26:17-75

Friday:  Matthew 27:1-56

Saturday:  Matthew 27:57-66

Blessings as you make the journey through Holy Week.

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