Dear Brothers & Sisters

The season of Lent – the 40 days of reflection and repentance leading up to Easter – is almost over.  This Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent – although technically Lent doesn’t include the Sundays.  Sundays are still days for celebrating the resurrection.  The resurrection doesn’t go on hold during Lent. You don’t pretend it hasn’t happened.  You can’t do Lent, you can’t do Christian faith, without the resurrection!

This coming Sunday the Lectionary text is particularly adamant about getting the resurrection in our crosshairs – as Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead (John 10:1-45).

There are a couple interesting things in the text that jump out at me that I hope we can explore on Sunday…

·      Why didn’t Jesus rush to Lazarus’ side when he heard that his friend was sick?  Why do you think Jesus deliberately waited 2 more days to come to Bethany?

·      Verse 33 describes Jesus as being “greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved,” and again at verse 38 Jesus was “greatly disturbed.” During this Lazarus event Jesus was clearly troubled; maybe even indignant, angry.  Why? Why do you think Jesus so upset?

Then after this Sunday, the following Sunday, April 9th, is the beginning of Holy Week. 

Here’s what will be happening during Holy Week – we hope you will join us…

Holy Week at FPCS

Palm/Passion Sunday
Next Sunday, April 9th, 10:30am
As Jesus entered Jerusalem “the crowd spread their clothes on the road.” Matthew 21:8

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are able, please consider bringing an extra coat or sweater from your closet – or clean sleeping bag or blanket – to present in worship, and share with those in need in our community.

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 13th, 6:30pm
A brief worship service, including the Lord's Supper, and Scripture readings with Service of Darkness.

Easter
Sunday, April 16th, 10:30am
Celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord!

Be the church!

Pastor Heidi