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Thursday, June 29, 2017


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A Note from Pastor Paul

Paul Collier

Did you know that our Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter services are rooted in the Jewish tradition of Passover? 

Long before the Christian era, Passover has celebrated the deliverance of people from slavery into freedom, from death to life. The Passover drama, of course, is about remembering the Exodus experience, when the Hebrew people were delivered from slavery in Egypt. But the story is universal, and it represents God’s protest against all kinds of oppression.

In Jewish homes and synagogues all around the world this Saturday, people will hold a Seder, a meal with very particular foods that have deeply significant meanings, which are unpacked and ritualized throughout the meal.

In my copy the Haggadah, the guidebook to a Seder, Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch explains: “Although it is the Pharaoh of old who is the tyrant of the Haggadah, it is not he alone of whom we speak tonight. We speak this evening of other tyrants and other tyrannies as well. We speak

Of the tyranny of poverty and the tyranny of privation,
Of the tyranny of wealth and the tyranny of war,
Of the tyranny of power and the tyranny of despair,
Of the tyranny of disease and the tyranny of time,
Of the tyranny of ignorance and the tyranny of color.

In the same way, through the drama of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter, we celebrate the triumph of God’s goodness and grace over all these tyrannies. We not only commemorate, we also participate in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we move through the darkness into the Easter celebration, the victory of goodness over evil, love over hate, life over death.

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, APRIL 1
Eat, Pray, Love Group—9:00 am

Monday, APRIL 17
Office is closed—Easter Monday

Tuesday, APRIL 18
Special Needs & Endowment—1:30 pm

Wednesday, APRIL 19
Bible Study—10:20 am Choir Rehearsal—7:00 pm

Thursday, APRIL 20
Deacons—7:00 pm

Sunday, APRIL 23—Camp Sunday
Lighthouse Kids & Adult Ed.—9:00 am

Worship—10:30 am Beth Ehlers CRE, guest speaker Lunch and Basket Auction following worship

Monday, APRIL 24
Joyful Ringers Rehearsal—5:30 pm

Wednesday, APRIL 25
Bible Study—10:20 am Choir Rehearsal—7:00 pm

This Week and Beyond

  • 28 Jun
    Bible Study 10:20 AM to 11:20 AM
  • 30 Jun
    PALS at PM Park in Clear Lake 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
  • 02 Jul
    Worship Service 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • 03 Jul
    Office closed All Day
  • 05 Jul
    Bible Study 10:20 AM to 11:20 AM
  • 06 Jul
    Prayer Shawl Ministry Team 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
  • 28 Jun - 06 Jul
  • 07 Jul - 12 Jul