Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This Week at Old South Haven Church

Beginning with this Sunday we enter the most significant week in the Church Year. Holy Week presents the major themes of our Faith and the events that call them into being: Palm Sunday which proclaims Jesus as the Prince of Peace; Maundy Thursday when in the setting of the observance of the Passover Seder the story of the Israelites culminates with Jesus preparing his disciples for the sacrifice of his own life at the hands of the political authorities and religious authorities of that day; Good Friday as we witness his death even while he forgives those who brought him to this end; Holy Saturday and the desperation experienced by those who "thought he was the one to redeem Israel"; culminating in the great affirmation of Easter: "he is risen; alive forever more" to those in whom he lives his life, committed to his life and message of justice, freedom, and the Kingdom still to reach its fruition.
         Come and experience "The greatest story ever told, the greatest life ever lived, the greatest affirmation ever made; the greatest mandate ever given." May you resonate with this drama and find in it your own purpose and direction in life.
                                                                                     Pastor Tom

March 29       10:00am                          PALM SUNDAY
                                              Sermon: 'Becoming a Part of the Crowd"
                                              Lessons:  Zechariah 9: 9-11;  John 12: 12-19
                                                  special music and the receiving of palms
                                             opportunity to contribute to One Great Hour of Sharing

Thursday, April 2       7:00pm                  MAUNDY THURSDAY
                                                    observance of the Passover Seder meal
                                                         culminating in The Last Supper

Friday, April 3                                              GOOD FRIDAY
                                                 3:00pm        Stations of the Cross
                      walking with members of St. James Episcopal Church, Brookhaven
    along the road between our two churches, pausing two read the appropriate scripture passages and reflect and pray.
                                7:00pm               Tenebrae  Service at Bellport United Methodist Church

Sunday, April 6                                         EASTER
                                            6:00am     Sunrise Service at Bellport Dock
                                                                   led by local clergy
                                          10:00am                Easter Service
                                                              Sermon:       "Easter Conviction"
                                                              Lessons:        Mark    16: 1-8
                                                                                     I Corinthians 15: 1-11
                                                    Special music with Joseph Porcelli on trumpet
                                                    Dedication of One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
                           You are invited to bring an Easter plant; place it in the vestibule; the children will bring them into the sanctuary during the first hymn.

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