Holy Week. In many ways, it's a week like any other. We go to work or to school, clean the house, work outside, buy groceries and cook them. But in all the ways that give us life, it is a week like no other. In the days ahead, we enter into the mystery and wonder of our Lord's love. Tomorrow night, we share the same meal Jesus shared with his disciples; we experience the forgiveness and love poured out for us in our own little community of faith. On Friday, we experience the sorrow of that dark day on a hill outside Jerusalem, where the servant of the Lord reveals a power unlike that of any warrior king on earth. He enters the depths of death to give light to the blind and to set the prisoners free. On Sunday, we celebration Christ's resurrection and his power to bring light and new life to all the world as once again we sing "Alleluia!"
Here are the services of Holy Week:
Thursday, April 13 Maundy Thursday Worship
7:00 pm at Zion
Friday, April 14 Good Friday Worship
7:00 pm at St. Mark
Sunday, April 16 Celebration of the Resurrection
7:00 am at St. Mark
10:00 am at Zion
(Both are followed by potluck breakfast/brunch and egg hunt at Zion)
+++I would love to have a volunteer to read the lessons for tomorrow's Maundy Thursday service. Please let me know if you are available to do this.
+++You are invited to a birthday party for Dick Geissler on Saturday, April 22, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Zion. Please contact Diane if you are planning to attend; you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 745-3667.
+++St. Mark is looking for voting members to attend this year's Virginia Synod Assembly, June 9-11 at Roanoke College.
This year's assembly will be especially eventful because we will be electing a new Virginia Synod bishop. The parish will pay for your registration and meals if you attend. If you are interested, please let me know. Thank you, Marty Holliday and Diane Geissler, for volunteering to represent Zion at the assembly.
+++Daniel Speckhard, president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, writes: "You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. The latest round of devastation in Syria is both tragic and horrific. And while it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the images we’ve seen in the past few days, we must not lose sight of one essential fact. There are still millions of people living inside Syria and they need your help - right now. Powered by the compassion of people like you, Lutheran World Relief has been supporting Syrians since the beginning of the conflict. And right now, your gift can provide families in Syria with something they need most: food. Your gift will repair and renovate bakeries that have been damaged during the conflict so they can resume bread production. The bakeries can produce up to nine tons of bread daily, providing more than 80,000 people with access to affordable pita."
For more information and to donate, go to https://lwr.org/donate/syrian-refugee-crisis. What a fitting way to celebrate the one who is the Bread of Life this holy week.
"I may never understand Easter, but because Jesus is alive and well in the community of faith, I believe in a God who is working to bring grace and peace and mercy and love and freedom and joy and life into every life." - Alan Brehmn