March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom Info: Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
Bible Study after service or 11:15ish. I’ll keep the zoom line on.
HOLY WEEK March 28th – Palm Sunday Service at 10am
April 1st – Maundy Thurs. Service w/Communion at 6:50pm
April 2nd – Good Friday Service at 7:00pm
April 4th – Easter Service at 10am
Special Prelude: The Maundy Thursday service will begin with Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No. VI in D minor based on the chorale, “Our Father Who in Heaven Art”. Music will begin at 6:50. Please use this time for quiet meditation as we prepare for Christ’s passion.
Devotion & Prayer Thought
One of the things that we do in confirmation instruction is attempt to demonstrate an intentional prayer life. We demonstrate four different methods and ask the confirmands to attempt using two of them for a couple weeks each. After each week we spend some time simply asking what worked and what didn’t? What was hard? What stood in the way? The four systems we walk through are: The Treasury of Daily Prayer which is an industrial strength daily prayer book, Luther’s Simple Way to Pray (ITCP, instruction, thanksgiving, confession and prayer) which might be something like our midweek catechism moment, the litany or the Prayers of the Church ordering which we do on Sundays, and a from the heart method loosely called ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication). Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, I have yet to have an 8th grader return from the assignment to say “this really worked, I now get it, and I am started on my prayer life.”
The easiest answer would be a poor teacher and I’m sure that is in there. I’m teaching a process and method without full buy-in on the purpose. But if you demanded buy-in from 8th graders on spiritual things, you’d just stop. I don’t think the entire burden falls on the poor teacher, even though I will have to answer for it. Part of it is our default skepticism. We have stripped every last bit of mystery and wonder out of almost everything. This is a problem for religion but honestly it is also a problem for science. There is a reason people like Tyler Cowen talk about “the great stagnation” even if they just recognize the effects of the problem. Science and religion are both creatures of wonder. Prayer springs from “the fear and love” of standing before the Almighty God. Science springs from the fear and love of observing His creation. Wonder in our 24/7/365 acid bath of skepticism, irony and dunking is punished brutally.
As expert as I can be at swimming in the acid bath, I’ve been attempting especially in my prayer life to instill a bit more wonder or enchantment. One of the things that comes up studying the gospel of Mark as we have been on Sundays in bible study is “The Perpetual Virginity of Mary”. All of Jesus’ “brothers and sisters” are named in the gospel. The vast majority of protestants reject this, although Lutherans always have to be careful as Luther himself and our confessions if not outright teach it, they make room for it. (If you want to know where Smalcald Articles 1.4 and Formula of Concord 8.24.) And it came up this week on a note of wonder around March 25th in the week prior to Holy Week. Something ultimately as unprovable as the Perpetual Virginity of Mary, but worth pondering. March 25th is the date of the Annunciation, when Gabriel came to Mary, 9 months prior to Dec 25th. But March 25th claims a lot more. The ancient tradition is that the 25th is the day of creation. It was the first day of the year under the Julian Calendar and the vernal equinox. And March 25th is asserted also to have been on a certain Friday around the year 33 AD. Good Friday changes dates because Easter does, but the first was March 25th. Creation, Annunciation of a New Creation and the end of the old one all on the same date.
Prove it? No. Does it feel like the God of Creation who embedded fractals into so many things? Sure does. There is so much more going on in every bit of creation than the eyes can see. As we enter another Holy Week, may we see revealed before us just a bit of the love of God for his creation. Enough to inspire some wonder. Amen.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: March 29th – April 4th
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… 9:00am NO Preschool
Wednesday: …………… 9:00am NO Confirmation Class
Thursday: ……………… 10:00am NO Bible Study
7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service
Friday: ………………… 7:00pm Good Friday Service
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship/Easter Sunday
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: Ezekiel – Chap 35
- Confirmation: Two weeks off (3/31, 4/7), back 4/14. Elder questions 5/4
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): March 24th. See you on the Zoom line.
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, Walking through the gospel of Mark – the one read in this year’s lectionary.
- Catechism Moment: 7th Commandment. If you are not receiving and want to, drop me your email.
UPCOMING EVENTS (please contact Ellen or Mindy if you would like to lend a hand with any of these projects)
- April 22nd (Thurs.) … Brownie baking and Beef cooking for Beef on Weck
- April 23rd (Fri.) … Potato salad & Cole Slaw Prep day for Beef on Weck
- April 24th (Sat.) … Spring Drive-Thru BEEF ON WECK Fundraiser Dinner
- June 24th (Thursday) … collecting begins for our Rummage Sale
- June 28th (Monday) … sorting and pricing begins for our Rummage Sale
- July 10th (Saturday) … RUMMAGE SALE
- July … week after the 10th … delivery to SAVERS
EASTER LILY: LAST DAY to order your Easter Lily to be placed next to the altar on Easter Sunday. Please see sign-up for details.