It is still Lenten Season in the liturgical year of the church. Some have said this is a Lent surpassing all Lenten seasons. It is an opportunity for true reflection, sacrifice, humility, and gratitude. My niece who works for the Wesley Foundation at UGA as an Outreach and Encounter Intern recommends this Bible verse: 1 Peter 1: 6-9. Check it out.
In Hymn 785
In Deepest Night
there are verses appropriate to address our lament. Susan Palo Cherwien writes:
In deepest night, in darkest days, when harps are hung, no songs we raise, when silence must suffice as praise, yet sounding in us quietly
there is the song of God. When friend was lost, when love deceived, dear Jesus wept, God was bereaved; so with us in our grief God grieves, and round about us mournfully there are the tears of God.
When through the waters winds our path, around us pain, around us death, deep calls to deep, a saving breath, and found beside us faithfully
there is the love of God.
This coming Sunday begins Holy Week. Here are some suggestions for worshipping at home: Do tune into the online service – Amy Bishop and Anne Marie Stirewalt offer the hymn
All Glory, Laud, and Honor
on organ and trumpet.
Sing along with the provided slides or use it as a processional around the house. Cut some palm branches and wave them around. This would be especially fun for children, as some of them are used to doing this year after year. Send us pictures! Another way to mark the day is to use cut palm branches to make a door or mailbox decoration.
Check the newsletter for other Holy Week services and offerings from our church.
Order a hydrangea in memory or honor of your loved one and bring flowers for the flowering cross to the Preschool drop off entrance in the back (porte cochere) on Thursday, April 9
before noon. Buckets of water will be provided for the flowers.
Above all, keep the faith and stay safe!
Love & Gratitude,