Life is busy and messy and confusing and crazy and, well,
just about any other descriptor you want to add. It is difficult and joyful and painful and
crazy…no wait, I already said that one.
But it’s true, life is a mixed bag of pleasant things and sad things, of
sunny days and dark nights; it’s crazy!
So, why not take the time to get out of the busy, messy, craziness. I know, the beach sounds like a winner or maybe
a trip to Disney World; right, the beach really does sound better. But who can afford to just live at the beach
forever? Because once you got there, you’d
never want to come back to reality. I
think there may be another option other than a different beach!
Why not use the coming weeks of Lent to take some time to
renew your relationship with God through worship and/or study? You could make Sunday worship your “Lenten
practice” or come to the Wednesday explorations of the three religions of the descendants
of Abraham and Sarah of the Hebrew Scriptures.
Just want to have some quiet reflective time? Susan & Bill Bernauer are offering a Wednesday
evening worship experience. It’s a good
way to finish off “hump day.” We all
could use the time to prepare for the most important Holy Day for the Christian
Holy Week brings even more opportunities to experience the
final week of Jesus’ life on earth. It
all begins with the waving of palms on Palm Sunday as Jesus enters Jerusalem
for the last time. Our day of palms will
include the Chancel Choir presenting the musical “Celebrate Life” complete with
instrumental accompaniment. As the week
progresses, we find ourselves in an upper room with Jesus, the Disciples and
other early followers where Jesus establishes the practice of the Lord’s Supper
which we modern Disciples believe is the central focus of our worship
services. A 24 hour prayer vigil follows
with people participating in the sanctuary as well as from home and concluding
with a Good Friday service to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. By Sunday we will be ready, maybe even
excited that at least 6 of our young people will be baptized! And then, following breakfast in the
Fellowship Hall and some educational opportunities, we re-live the wonder of
that first Easter morning when the stone is rolled away and the risen Christ is
made known. Perhaps the world will still
be the same crazy place on that Monday, but we will be better prepared to face
it with faith and hope and love.
Posted on Tue, February 16, 2016
by Doug Meister