Holy Week and Easter, 2020

 

May the peace of Christ be with us all!

 

Holy Week begins on Sunday with the commemoration of Palm Sunday and the Passion of Christ. As your pastor, I am eager to help us all stay in vibrant connection during the holiest days of the Christian faith, which culminates on Easter Sunday. The cyclical completion of the Incarnation of Christ Jesus in the Crucifixion and Resurrection is the core of the Church’s witness to the divine love of God, and just how far God’s love goes to reach us. Here are plans for worship online and at home, activities with children, rituals, and Bible Study for the week ahead. Please mark every effort to participate in the means of grace available to us during these troubles times. The collective nature of connecting will inspire us with the hope that nothing in all creation will stop Easter from coming! We are “God’s Easter People” through thick and thin–and everything in between!

 

Prayers continue!

Pastor Bill.

 

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

Online service will begin at 8:50 a.m. with music on the organ and piano. Observe a “Love Feast” (an ancient and modern Christian meal) with the worship team during the service. You can participate from home! Here’s how: Brew black coffee or plain tea without sugar or milk, preferably, and have a cup ready and warm. Use lemonade if you have children. Have available a sweet roll, a plain doughnut, or best this week is a hot cross bun! Attached, you’ll find a brief “Love Feast” service that we’ll use during the ceremony! Join us!  See attachment below.

 

Monday of Holy Week

Join me for a 30 minute Bible Study at 10:00 a.m. by Zoom Meeting. I was hoping you could e-mail me at pastorbill@lansdaleumc.org to request an invitation. We’ll explore the lectionary’s readings for this day and have prayer together.   

 

Tuesday of Holy Week

Join me for a 30 minute Bible Study at 10:00 a.m. by Zoom Meeting. I was hoping you could e-mail me at pastorbill@lansdaleumc.org to request an invitation. We’ll explore the lectionary’s readings for this day and have prayer together.   

 

Wednesday of Holy Week

Join me for a 30 minute Bible Study at 10:00 a.m. by Zoom Meeting. I was hoping you could e-mail me at pastorbill@lansdaleumc.org to request an invitation. We’ll explore the lectionary’s readings for this day and have prayer together.  

 

Holy Thursday of Holy Week

Join me for a 30 minute Bible Study at 10:00 a.m. by Zoom Meeting. I was hoping you could e-mail me at pastorbill@lansdaleumc.org to request an invitation. We’ll explore the lectionary’s readings for this day and have prayer together. Consider having a foot-washing service in the evening after the sun sets. Whether you are 1, 2, or 10 people at home, get a basin, warm some water, and wash your feet. This ritual is an act of love.

 

Good Friday of Holy Week

Join me for a 30 minute Bible Study at 10:00 a.m. by Zoom Meeting. I was hoping you could e-mail me at pastorbill@lansdaleumc.org to request an invitation. We’ll explore the lectionary’s readings for this day and have prayer together. Then, consider observing the hours of Noon-3:00 p.m. in quiet and prayer. Please light a candle at Noon and douse it at 3:00 p.m. Pause at the top of each hour to pray. Attached, you’ll find some sample prayers to use. Then join us at 6:30 PM for a live stream of the annual Tenebrae Service on our Facebook Page.  See attachment below.

 

Easter Sunday 2020

Join the live stream Easter Service at 8:50 a.m. Here’s an idea: Make a video Easter Greeting from you or your family and send to lansdaleumcvideo@gmail.com. Try not to exceed 15 seconds. If it works the way we hope, we’ll broadcast a film version during the Easter service live on Facebook! 

 
 

 

Dear friends in Christ at Lansdale UMC,

Grace and peace to you! Good health to us all!

The dream materialized in January. For some weeks before, I’d been tossing and turning in the nighttime hours. In my dream, I saw the Sanctuary full on Easter Sunday morning. The aromas of lilies and hyacinths were pungent, even in my dream. It was a fleeting moment of REM sleep. I remember no other details. In the morning, it dawned on me that the dream could be a reality for LUMC. I began to call the dream Easter 300 Homecoming!

In my heart, I believed a vital demonstration of dramatic support for our beloved church in its time of uncertainty would be a gift to the core group now keeping our Ark afloat on choppy waters. I resolved to issue an appeal to everyone on our mailing list to commit to personally, physically attend Easter Sunday 2020 together in worship. I decided to implore you to invite members of your family and friends to join us! Or, to call church members who haven’t attended recently to encourage them to participate with you! Or to scour your minds for people you know who may have had nowhere to worship on Easter Sunday and invite them too! Kathy and I started making our list of family and friends to welcome. I was pumped!

Then, Covid-19 came to call! Poof!
The dream evaporated!

We could have had, by God’s grace and power, a full sanctuary of joyful hearted people on Easter Sunday! We could have had an Easter 300 Homecoming! We could have committed to filling the particular Easter Sunday offering envelopes in your packets with a grand sacrificial gift to support the church, and make an Easter procession of those offerings and gifts during the service! It could have been glorious! Now, Splat!

I’ll admit it was probably a silly, impossible dream. I get that. Yet, a commitment to a silly, impossible dream sometimes creates a new and beautiful reality. Long ago, an infant boy was born to reveal to the world who God truly is and how much God loves the world. Silly! An infant! And yet, that infant grew up and took his dream of a better world on the road! We celebrate his dream, his life, on Easter Sunday! Jesus Christ’s resurrection is our hope for a better world, for a reinvigorated church, and a life of joy and peace in this world and the next.

Then, the live stream services came to call! Easter 300 Homecoming is alive! We could still invite others to join us! Let’s see if we can recruit 300 people to tune into the Easter Sunday service on our Facebook Page! We could still make our sacrificial offerings! We could even encourage one another during this disruptive season. No matter what lies ahead, Easter is coming! Daffodils are up and smiling! Robins are plump and nesting! Farmers are plowing and sowing seeds! And the Good Lord is good in every season!

Happy Easter, from Kathy and me to all of you!
Pastor Bill.  

 


One Response to “Holy Week and Easter, 2020”

  1. admin says:

    Our collections were already sent out by Dec. 11 but please contact us next season. We usually collect gifts in late November or early December to distribute.

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