I greet you on this Good Friday with hopes that you’ve had a good week and are having a good day. Today is the day on which we remember Jesus going to the cross and dying for us and our salvation. I pray that in the midst of all the busyness that surrounds the Easter holiday weekend, you will find some quiet time today to pray and remember Christ’s sacrifice for you. We had an incredibly moving Maundy Thursday service last night, and today, at noon, we’ll have a service remembering Jesus’ last words from the cross.
Here’s more about that service and other things going on this weekend:
- Today’s Good Friday service is an ecumenical service sponsored by GEMA (the Greater Elkton Ministerial Association). Preachers from seven churches will each be preaching on one word of Jesus from the cross for about seven minutes, so the service will be about an hour and fifteen minutes long. We so rarely get to worship together, and so rarely get to hear preachers from so many churches, so I hope you’ll make time to come and be a part of it. Noon today in our sanctuary.
- On Easter Sunday, we’ll have two identical Festival Worship Services at 8:30 and 11 am. They will be filled with music – wonderful Easter hymns, offerings by the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and Men’s Choir, and music by a trumpeter and of course, Sharon on our wonderful organ! It’s going to be a great morning that you won’t want to miss!
- From 7:30 – 10:30 on Easter, Gerry and Jamie Treese will be offering their always-wonderful Easter breakfast in Weldin Hall, so make plans to come and enjoy it either before or after worship!
- The church office will be closed on Monday in observance of the Easter holiday and to give all of the staff a well-deserved breather!
Let me just say a word of thanks to all who have offered their gifts to make this Lent and Easter season so wonderful this year. I especially thank our Chancel Choir for their phenomenal cantata last week, which was all the more phenomenal considering the fact so many of their rehearsals had to be cancelled due to bad weather! As always, Steve’s and Sharon’s leadership helped pull it all together, and it was truly wonderful.
Thanks also to Krista Gilmore and all who helped with last night’s Maundy
Thursday service and the soup and bread dinner that preceded it.
And a huge thank you goes out from me to Kay Mortimer, who goes above and beyond the call of duty at times like these. The number of bulletins she has to produce, not to mention the monthly newsletter – all at the same time – and while answering calls and doing all of the other parts of her job – well, it’s incredible, and she does it all incredibly well. I’m so glad she’s my partner in ministry! We are blessed to have her!
Finally, I want to thank God for the opportunity I had yesterday to, for the sixteenth year in a row, offer the opening prayer for a session of the Maryland Senate. But what made it so very special this year was that the Tuskegee Airmen were there and being honored. What a thrill it was to be in the presence of these men who made history in World War II! True American heroes!
Well, I think that’s it for now. I’m so looking forward to being with all of you throughout this Easter weekend! So have a good day, and a great weekend. Enjoy the time with your family and friends, try to sneak in some rest and relaxation, and then, please be sure to come and give God thanks on Resurrection Day, Easter Sunday. I’ll be looking for you!
Grace and Peace,