Dear friends and fellow disciples,
 
The week that will begin on Sunday is the most important week of the Christian Year. Period. It is the week that gives all other weeks meaning, because of the life and ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. Let's embrace the week as fully as we can.
Holy Week Begins - Palm Sunday Worship
We begin Holy Week by joining in the celebration of welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem. Children will parade in with palms and fish banks (gather in the Courtyard 10 minutes before each service). We’ll conclude our sermon series on  The Confession of Belhar keying in on the phrase, "the church is called to confess and to do all these things, even though the authorities and human laws might forbid them and punishment and suffering be the consequence." The Christians in Belhar sought to follow the Christ who, as we remember this week, was condemned for threatening the powers that  thought  they were in charge of this world.
A Silent Campus During Holy Week
To better focus on the heart of the story, we do not schedule meetings on our campus during Holy Week. The only groups that will meet are support groups (NA, OA), Bible studies, and groups that support Holy Week worship services. Come by, take a walk, or sit and pray in the Memorial Garden. The azaleas are magnificent!
Thursday, April 18: Maundy Thursday Service, 7:30p m
Come gather with the disciples in the upper room in this powerful service led by readings and anthems and gathering for communion. 
Friday, April 19: Good Friday Worship & Prayer Walk
All are welcome to come for a midday service of worship at 12:00 noon. At 2:00pm, come and experience “ Prayer Walk of the Passion ,” an interactive, intergenerational event depicting the transformative moments of Holy Week and touching the core of who we are as Christians. I invite you to take this opportunity to slow down and think deeply about what Jesus accomplished through the cross. This is a wonderful thing for kids and families to do together. Please sign up so we can plan well.
Sunday, April 21: Resurrection of the Lord - Easter Celebration
Join us for joyful Easter worship with special music from our Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble at both services! Enjoy great food and fellowship at the Potluck Easter Brunch at 9:45am in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite breakfast dish to share; beverages will be provided. 
Looking Ahead....
I challenge you to take a little extra time to be prayerful in the coming week, to listen carefully to others and to the God who calls us to hope.

Yesterday a reflection from Kate Bowler popped in my inbox. She teaches at Duke's Divinity School, and some of us read her memoir together last summer, Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved . I found her words particularly moving, and invite you to read it here. At the very least, read this poem that Kate mentions, as we think about the story of Palm Sunday to come.

When fishes flew and forests walked,
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood,
Then surely I was born.
With monstrous head and sickening cry,
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
Of all four-footed things.
The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient, crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.
Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

I look forward to sharing the journey of Holy Week with you.