Coming Up at Clover Hill
April 16 - April 27

Dear Friends,
    I'm sending this a day early, this week, to remind you to clear your calendar for our Maundy Thursday worship, tomorrow night at 7:30 pm. This service, which will begin in the Sanctuary and end in the basement at tables of grace, ushers in these Holy Days of reflection and joy. I would especially urge parents to consider using this service as an introduction to the Lord's Supper for children who are ready to begin to think about what the Sacrament and the Season means.
    I saw a Church sign yesterday, the outdoor kind which lend themselves to pithy wisdom, and it read "Easter is more than something to dye for!"
    Had it been a Facebook page I would have "liked" it, instead I just smiled and thought about the clever play on words between the "dye" of the eggs and the "die" of the cross.
    And I realized that Easter is truly more than something to dye or die for! Easter is something to live for! Christ is risen to life, a fullness and quality of life that is yours and mine today and Sunday and everyday!
    I have often said that you really can't celebrate Easter without worship. I know that there are people who try, they celebrate the Bunny and call it Easter, but that seems like a silly holiday, hardly worth the effort. Easter is more than something to dye for!
    However I also need to say that you can't celebrate Easter if you won't take your eyes off of the cross, as fascinating as it is! Christ didn't come so that we could die bravely and properly, he came so that we could live, abundantly and eternally today! Easter is more than something to die for!
    Easter is something to live for and so I hope to see you tomorrow night at our Maundy Thursday worship. We will, once again, share in the bread and wine and words of Christ and look squarely at the cross. But then I hope to see you on Sunday morning, at 9 or 10:30 am when the cross is empty and the tomb is empty and our lives are full!

Shalom,
    Jack

 

On The Calendar:

Maundy Thursday, April 17
Belltower deadline for the May issue
7:00 pm Senior Choir rehearsal
7:30 pm Worship / Communion
The sermon, based upon St. Luke 22:39-54, will be entitled "The Words in the Darkness"

Friday, April 18
Canceled / 12:30 pm Plus 55's Covered Dish Luncheon

Saturday, April 19
8:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

Easter Sunday, April 20
9:00 am and 10:30 am Worship Services
The sermon, based upon Jeremiah 31:1-6 and St. John 20:1-18,
will be entitled "Easter, Again and Again and . . . "
9:45 - 10:15 am Coffee Hour
9:45 am Bell Choir rehearsal
10:00 am Senior Choir rehearsal

Monday, April 21
7:30 pm Skeins of Hope meeting

Wednesday, April 23
8:00 - 11:00 am Mid-Week Prayers

Thursday, April 24
7:00 pm Bible Study

Friday, April 25
10:00 am "Office Angels" meet
6:30 pm Youth Group Pizza/Movie/Mission Project activity

Saturday, April 26
8:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

Second Sunday of Easter, April 27
9:15 am Senior Choir rehearsal
9:15 am Confirmation Class
10:30 am Worship - Church School
The sermon based upon St. John 20:19-31 and I Peter 1:3-9, will be entitled "The Easter of Thomas"

Quote of the Week
This is the Easter message,
that awakening is possible,
to the goodness of God,
the sacredness of human life,
the sisterhood and brotherhood of all.
- Anne Lamott