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Friday Update 3/30/2012

In Worship this Week
Palm/Passion Sunday
Liturgical Colors: Purple & Crimson
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Psalm 31
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47 (the Passion according to St. Mark)

The season of Lent is a time of reflection and repentance. It is a time to recognize our need for God, and to return to God’s plan for our promised and preferred future. This is a future that begins with reconciliation, with God’s loving offer of relationship, and with God’s promise to walk with us always, even if that path leads to the cross. Everything else, including our repentance and our belief, are a response to God’s love. For that reason, we will begin our worship in Lent with God’s promise, God’s body and blood, broken and poured out. It may take some getting used to, beginning the service with the Lord’s Supper. You are invited to reflect on how you experience this change, and what it means to you to know that God’s love is yours as a free and undeserved gift.

Holy Week Worship
The services of Holy Week are the traditional climax of the Christian year. During the Three Days (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter) we remember together Jesus’ final days on Earth and his death.  In days past, these Three Days were observed as one long worship service. We will revive this tradition this year by observing the full Three Days. Beginning on Thursday, the people gather and observe a service of Holy Communion, while remembering the institution of the new commandment, to love one another as we have been loved. At the end of this service, we are not dismissed with the usual “Go in peace.” Instead, the service continues throughout the next day, and we come back together for the second portion: the Good Friday Tenebrae service, hearing the Passion according to St. John, and moving together into the darkness of the grave. Again, we are not dismissed, but depart still joined in worship. We come back together on Saturday night, after sundown, and celebrate together with St. Peter’s UCC the light breaking into the darkness of the tomb as the stone is rolled back to reveal that He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! This service, lasting about two hours, will begin with a bonfire in the parking lot and a procession into the darkened sanctuary. We will hear the story of our faith, welcome back the Alleluia!, celebrate our baptisms, and share together the Lord’s Supper. Afterwards, we will break the Lenten fast together with pie, sparkling cider, and light wine. Everyone is invited to any or all of this worship series. Please invite others to join us, especially since many people will never have attended the unique and powerful Easter Vigil service.

Maundy Thursday – foot washing from 5:30-6:00, worship with meal 6:00 p.m.
Good Friday – 7:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil – 7:30 p.m, followed by breaking the fast with pie and drinks

In Worship next Week
Easter Sunday, Resurrection of Our Lord
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. breakfast, 10:00 a.m. worship
Liturgical Colors: White and Gold
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 118
Acts 10:34-43
Mark 16:1-8

Upcoming Education Opportunities
During the Easter season, the Adult Forum group will meet during the Education Hour to discuss the book Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor in Germany during the Nazi era, and participated in the resistance against the regime. He was particularly known as a founder of the Confessing Church, an illegal Protestant body that broke away from the state church when it was taken over by Nazism. He was executed by the Nazis in 1945, just two weeks before American troops liberated the concentration camp in which he was held. Bonhoeffer wrote the book Life Together for the communities of that church, and particularly for their seminaries. Copies of the book can be purchased for less than $10 at Amazon.com and most other bookstores. Links to a couple of sites where it is available:
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Together-Classic-Exploration-Community/dp/0060608528/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=bonhoeffer&sts=t&tn=life+together&x=0&y=0
http://store.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/15/Life-Together-The-Classic-Exploration-of-Faith-in-Community

Also during the Easter season, Pastor Aimee will be leading a class on Lutheranism 101. This class is designed for those who are new to Lutheranism, and for those whose parents read to them from the Book of Concord at bedtime. (If you don’t know what the Book of Concord is, you should definitely consider coming to this class!) Together, we will have fun learning some of the history and theology that makes Lutheranism a unique branch of the Christian family. If anyone has ever asked you why you go to a Lutheran church, and the best answer you could come up with was, “Because it’s not Catholic,” or “Because my parents were,” then this class is definitely for you! This 6 week class will meet on Sunday evenings, beginning April 22. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex. If you are interested in this class, but unable to attend on Sunday evenings, please make a note of that on the sign-up sheet, or send an email to Pr. Aimee.

Other Announcements
Trivia Night – Mark your calendars for April 14, for an evening of fun and trivia! We are looking for groups, families, or individuals, to sponsor raffle baskets. Put on your thinking caps, come up with creative themes, and check the sales for items we can fill our baskets with. Please see Barb Johnson if you have questions.

New Website! We have a new website, which is now up and running, and will be updated with fresh content on a regular basis. Soon you will be able to go there to find all kinds of things, including upcoming events, ministry activities, sermons, and blog postings. Once this website is fully operational, you will be able to sign up to have an email sent to you with all of the updates, automatically! Eventually, this will replace the Friday Update emails, and you will be able to find the latest information on what’s happening at Peace, all in one easy-to-use place. The address hasn’t changed, it is still at peacebewithyou.org.

We will be holding a congregational meeting on April 29, immediately following worship.  The purpose of this meeting is to present a budget update.  All members are encouraged to attend!

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