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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark....."  John 20:1

So begins John's recounting of the resurrection of Jesus.  John spends a lot of time writing of the battle between darkness and light, and so why wouldn't that be the case at this momentous time as well?

So we get the light through the darkness.  Maundy Thursday brings the "new commandment", to love one another.  Jesus brings this forward even as he washes the feet of his disciples, even the one who would betray him.  In the darkness.

The darkness of Good Friday and the cross itself.  The Christ meeting us again in our lowest moments, the darkness of life itself.

And tonight's reminder for me, stepping outside, hoping for a glimpse of the nearly full moon before turning in.  No light, but in the darkness the sound of the frog choir from the creek down below.  A reminder of the promise of life in the face of the darkness itself.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.

Pastor Randy

"Holy God, wake us up if we are asleep, calm the storm if we are overwhelmed, or hold us fast if we are running - whatever it takes, open our hearts and minds to hear your voice as you speak a new and life changing word to us.  Because of the Christ we pray.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   12:00 p  Prayer Shawl Ministry @ SOV
Thursday    12:00 p  All Church Luncheon
Saturday     6:00 - 8:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Join us for Holy Week;

Maundy Thursday
March 28th
Service at 7:00 pm with communion
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified.

Good Friday
March 29th
Services at 12:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Good Friday is the day on which we commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, the act that brought salvation to all who believe.

Easter Sunday
March 31st
Services at 8:30 & 11:00 am
Easter Breakfast at 9:45 - 10:30 am
He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.      John 20:6-7