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On my walks with Mabel, I’ve begun to see signs of spring, including an increase in wildlife activity, crocus and daffodils pushing through the soil, and best of all longer and warmer days. These are the many ways in which nature is being called forth out of winter and into a time of re-birth and renewal. These are all signs that point not only to the season of Spring, but also to Easter! This year, Easter is rather late, April 21st, which means we still have several weeks to go on our Lenten journey.
To encourage self-reflection, and to deepen our relationship with God and one another, a prayer of confession has been included in Sunday worship every week in Lent. To mark our journey with Christ to Jerusalem and towards the cross, there is a cross on the altar area and it is next to this cross that our weekly prayer of confession is prayed. On Palm/Passion Sunday even as we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with shouts of “Hosanna!” we know that we are drawing closer to the cross and his crucifixion. On that Sunday, blank pieces of paper will be provided so that each of us can write our own prayer and leave it at the cross.
May we look forward to Easter’s arrival with a renewed sense of hope, having travelled with Jesus through the winter and spring of Lent and Holy Week.
2019 LENTEN SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 10th, Lent 5, South Church
Dinner, 6 pm and Program, 6:45 pm
Palm/Passion Sunday April 14th
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10 am
Maundy Thursday, April 18th
Tenebrae Service in the Sanctuary, 6:30pm
Easter Sunday, April 21st
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10 am, followed by 2nd Hour Egg Hunt
APRIL 2019 LECIONARY READINGS
Sunday, April 7th, Fifth Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, Philippians 3:4b-14 and John 12:1-8
Sunday, April 14th, Passion / Palm Sunday
Palms: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 and Luke 19:28-40
Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9a , Psalm 31:9-16, Philippians 2:5-11 and Luke 22:14—23:56
or Luke 23:1-49
Sunday, April 21st, Easter
Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1, Corinthians 15:19-26 or
Acts 10:34-43 and John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
Sunday, April 28th, Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150, Revelation 1:4-8 and John 20:19-31
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