Pastor's Blog - April 2012
The month of April begins with Holy Week, the most sacred and holy week for Christians. In it we remember Christ’s last week of his life in Jerusalem. The week moves through his teachings in the temple, his last meal with his disciples, his arrest, betrayal, denial, trials, and final his crucifixion as a common criminal on Good Friday. But the week culminates with his resurrection on Easter morning. Come join us as we worship together this week:
- Palm Sunday Worship – including a baptismal service for new Christians
- Maundy Thursday Love Feast and Tenebrae Service. Our Youth Membership Class will lead us in “A Service of Shadows” remembering Christ’s sacrificial death, followed by a reenactment of the Last Supper with foot-washing, fellowship meal, and communion. 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.
- Easter Sunday Worship – hymns and words of praise to God for new life in Christ.
You are also invited to join our larger Christian community for the following special services in Hagerstown:
Holy Week Noonday Services at John Wesley United Methodist Church. Rev. Helen Woodward, retired pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church will preach.
Half-hour worship followed by a fellowship luncheon of soup and sandwiches.
- Good Friday Crosswalk through downtown Hagerstown starting at Zion Reformed Church, 201 N. Potomac St. Seven stops for prayer for our city and the world, following the passion story of Christ. 1:00 p.m.
- Community Sunrise Service on fifth floor of Aspiring to Serve Community Center, 140 W. Franklin Street, Christ’s Reformed Church at 6:30 a.m. Light refreshments after the service.
Here is a Holy Week prayer from the Faith and Worship website by John Birch of Kidwelly, Wales, United Kingdom. May you be blessed as we remember and celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection.
From the beginning you knew the final outcome
watched as the jigsaw pieces were slotted into place
saw the significance of every moment.
As your body was anointed with oil
at the table of Simon the Leper
the picture was becoming clearer
not only in your eyes
but to an unknown woman
and one of your closest friends.
Judas sensed that this was his moment
that had been so freely given
on the altar of selfish gain
for his fifteen allotted minutes of fame
and thirty pieces of silver
The woman recognized the moment.
She gave generously
a costly gift, freely offered.
A fragrant sacrifice of perfume and love
remembered forever in your heart.
And as Judas slipped away unnoticed
your disciples saw none of this
failed to see the significance of the moment.
Two sacrifices, one of trust
and one of love.
But you noticed, Lord
as you notice each day
our sacrificial offering
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