When you receive this newsletter, we will either be just a few days from the beginning of Holy Week or already in the midst of the eight days that allow us an opportunity to reflect upon the shift in humanity Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross launched. It starts with Palm Sunday when Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem. The week leads us through the Last Supper, His crucifixion, and ends on Easter Sunday with His resurrection. Each day of Holy Week is a sacred opportunity to study the foundation of Christianity. Our God is not one of coincidence. Every step toward the cross was intentional, every lesson laced with His personal love for all of us.

This is the basis of Christianity, His sacrifice launched the New Covenant God promised, many had prophesied throughout the Old Testament, and the Covenant I preached on last Sunday. Each day of Holy Week allows us to peek closely into the heart of our Savior. His love for us is reflected in every significant step we have taken on our journey toward the cross, every breath up to the last, and His resurrection.

Though Jesus didn’t walk the earth incarnate until He was born in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph, He exists and works throughout the entirety of the Bible. Scripture assures us that He was present at Creation with the Father, that He is the Word, and many prophesies were specifically fulfilled during this final, holy week of Jesus’ life on earth. Each Gospel has a narrative of the last week of Jesus’ life (Matthew 21-28; Mark 11-16; Luke 19-24; John 12- 21).

We were sheltered in our homes during Holy Week of 2020 because of the COVID Pandemic, so we weren’t able to experience together the Last Supper, the darkness of Good Friday, and the joy of Resurrection Sunday. For that reason, I want to make 2021 an extra-special remembrance.

On Thursday at 6:30, a brief Maundy Thursday service will be held at LeValley. Good Friday service will be at Berlin Center at 6:30pm.

We will celebrate Resurrection Sunday at both churches at the regular worship times. Berlin Center will worship at 9:00am with cinnamon rolls, coffee, and juice preceding the service. LeValley will worship at 11:00am. The choir will sing, there will be special instrumental music, and we will welcome new members into the church family. Jered and Oleta Birkbeck will join, with Oleta celebrating the sacrament of baptism. Don and Bobbi Lukens will transfer their membership from their former United Methodist Church home. A special time of fellowship will follow worship hosted by Connie Nash and Merry McNally. Holy Communion will be celebrated at both churches.

I invite all of you to attend one or all of these services, no matter which church is your home. I also encourage each of you to invite family and friends to join us. If you can’t be present in person, I hope you will join us on Facebook Live.

Every day of the Christian year is special, but as I said at the beginning of this letter, Holy Week is the basis of Christianity.

 

Love in Christ, Pastor Nancy

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