HolyTrinity E-Newsletter 4/1 V12
Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 12 of this E-Newsletter.
So what are we doing this week? What is it all about? We call it Holy Week, church workers seem stressed, it seems like we have services every night of the week, and we keep referring to The Passion of Jesus. But what is going on?
Leading up to Easter, during this week we call Holy Week, we are entering into the narrative, into the drama, into the story that is the basis of our faith. This week is the culmination of the Gospel story, Jesus's life, death and resurrection. Unlike with math, geography, or other facts in life faith has to be experienced. In order to do that we enter into the narrative of Holy Week and experienced the unfolding of events.
This past Sunday we kicked off Holy Week with Palm Sunday, when we welcomed Jesus into our midst as the triumphant King, as Jesus entered Jerusalem. We wave palm branches and shouted our Hosanna's, however quick we moved past that into the reading and the Passion narrative.
We will experience Maundy Thursday, when Jesus shared that Last Supper with his disciples. This meal that we still participate in today through Holy Communion, where we don't just remember that night but we enter into the narrative and experience that night. We share the bread and the cup, and remembering Jesus commandment, to love one another and to serve one another. Jesus even demonstrated that to us by washing his disciples feet.
On Good Friday, we travel to the cross. We travel with the crowds to see what was going to happen to the Son of God. We hear the 7 last words of Jesus and dwell at the foot of the cross where the Son of God died. We see and experience that goodness of the day by the victory that was won by Jesus death. We experience that new life and that victory that we have through the cross.
Many churches celebrate an Easter Vigil as well. Moving from the darkness of the death of Christ on the Christ into the light of the Resurrection on Easter Morning. This Vigil is held through the night on Saturday, where stories of faith are shared and told, the experience of faith is passed down from one generation to another and we are reminded of God's call to life even when all we see is death.
Finally, Easter arrives and we proclaim the victory over death. The stone as been rolled away and no longer does death have the victory but the resurrected Christ does. We are reminded of the promises of God and love for all of creation. This is a most joyous day of celebration.
We will not be having all of the services laid out above but many churches are if you care to join them(Contact Pastor Andrew for details). We will be having service on Good Friday at 6:30pm and Easter Sunday at 9:30am.
Prayer Requests: Barbara R, Betty J, Dorothy F, Jacob F., Pastor Janell, Leah M, Phil and Michelle T (Family of the Fowler's), Jane (Family member of the Nelson's who was in a car accident), Rich (submitted on Facebook), Cynthia and daughter, that we should remain troubled by everything that is troubling, the church, the world, and all those in need.
- We have been invited to join in a Good Friday Cross Walk around SE Portland. It will be a time for Ecumenical Prayer for our neighborhood and world. The walk will begin at noon at St. Ignatius Catholic Church (3400 Se 43rd) and finish around 2:30 at Catholic Charities (2740 Se Powell). See Pastor Andrew for more details.
- If you are looking for a worship opportunity on Maundy Thursday we have been invited to join St. Paul (7:30 worship) or St. Mark's (7pm worship).
-Oregon Synod Lay School of Ministry will be meeting in April and May and we are invited to attend. This is an educational opportunity to learn alongside other congregations about communication and organizing. Contact Pastor Andrew for more info.
- *New *5th Sunday ingathering of canned goods was this past Sunday and we had a great haul. However it is not too late to still get your canned good in, Pastor Andrew will be taking them to the food pantry next week so if you forgot it is not too late. scheduled for March the 29th.
- If anyone is interested in checking out what Puddletown is all about we have been invited to observe one of their classrooms. This is an open invitation to the congregation to come and spend some time experiencing their program. This has to be scheduled in advance, so please do not show up. This is by appointment only! Contact their office at email@example.com.
- We are having a baptism! Be sure to join us for worship on April 12th for the Baptism of Grayson D. and Danielle O. It is going to be a very special day as we welcome these new Children of God into the Body of Christ. So be sure to be at worship!
- New Thank you to everyone who came out for our Into the Wild Bible Study during Lent. It was a great turn out and was wonderful to sit and engage in conversation with everyone during the season of Lent.
- *New *There is a new poll up on the chalkboards in the fellowship room to determine our next Bible Study and Service Project. So stop by and vote for whatever options sound interesting to you. You can vote for as many options as you like.
- New Check out out new calendar on our website www.htlcpdx.com for the most updated events around the church and community.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.
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If you are interested in my occasional musing on my blog you can find it here http://spoileralertimnotagoodwriter.blogspot.com
Keep an eye on our webpage www.htlcpdx.com for more updates as well.
Pastor Andrew's Schedule April 5-11
Monday- On-call if needed
Tuesday- Pastor Pericope Group in the Morning and Afternoon around the Office.
Wednesday- Morning and Afternoon around the Office.
Thursday- Morning on-call and Afternoon around Church
Friday- Catch up sermon work
Blessings Pastor Andrew