Holy Week
Although it is a grey, drizzly day, I returned from my morning walk to be greeted by crocuses, daffodils and snowdrops scattered about the yard, adding welcome bursts of color and declaring that both spring and Easter are imminent in both senses of the word: almost here, and already here, at the same time.  (When the Bible speaks of the realm of God as immanent, it means the same thing.)
 
We have a full Holy Week schedule.  It begins this weekend as we celebrate Palm Sunday.  We have palms for you (we will be waving them together during our Call to Worship); be sure to stop by the church to pick yours up, they are to the left of the door to the Fellowship Hall.   Our Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7:00 and will include communion, so be sure to have your bread and cup at the ready.  On Good Friday, I will be offering a reading from the gospel of John; it will be the story of Jesus’ passion, and will begin at Noon.  On Easter Day, there will be a brief Sunrise Service at 6:30, rain or shine; and our regular service will air at 10.  As always, the services will be broadcast via Facebook Live.
 
Talitha Arnold penned a thoughtful devotion Wednesday.  It was not in our Lent devotional, but rather the UCC’s online Daily Devotional.  She titled it “A Very Hard Word,” and I will be using it as a way of considering Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. If you’d like to read it, you may find it here: https://www.ucc.org/daily-devotional/a-very-hard-word/.

 
May the coming week bring you the deep, deep blessing of God our Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ.

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