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Dear Church Family,

This year, more than most years, we are approaching Easter with a sense of anticipation.  This year we are excited about seeing signs of new life—with re-openings and vaccines and even gathering with family and experiencing their hugs—even as we continue to use wise judgment.

Of course, Easter celebrates more than the coming end of the pandemic.  It is the story of resurrection and the triumph of life over death.  But what we have experienced this past year does help us appreciate anew what is the hope of the gospel –in the words of Desmond Tutu, “goodness is stronger than evil, light is stronger than darkness, love is stronger than hate, life is stronger than death.”

Our Holy Week services proclaim that truth.  Here is the schedule:

Thursday, April 1 – Maundy Thursday 7 p.m. – “The Essential Cross” the sermon based on Mark 15:39. A service observing the Last Supper will be followed by the somber experience of Tenebrae, the marking of the gradual abandonment of Jesus.

Friday, April 2 –Good Friday – The sanctuary will be open for your prayer and meditation on the crucifixion.  Copies of the Passion according to Mark will be available and the cross will be cloaked with a shroud.

Sunday, April 4 – Easter 10 a.m. The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus will be marked by joyous singing of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” and a festively decorated sanctuary.  The sermon is “Unfinished Business” and the texts are Psalm 118:14-24 and Mark 6:1-8.  Please remember to let Suzan Kircher know if additional family members or friends will be attending.  The link for those worshipping online is https://thefv.cc/online-worship/

What a joy it will be to celebrate this most holy of weeks and to sing God’s praises together.

Peace and Joy

Rich

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