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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Holy Week would make a good ghost story.  Maundy Thursday and Good Friday tell of a festive supper gone badly wrong, ending in horrific death followed by the uncanny appearance of the murdered hero.  Ambitious friends gather anticipating grand success: a kingdom awaits, if they play it right.  But Jesus, usually so stable, behaves oddly.  Their leader starts acting like a servant; on the verge of stunning success, he predicts his downfall.  Unbeknownst to most of the revelers, heinous betrayal awaits.  A trusted advisor seals treason with a kiss in a remote garden.  Far from supportive crowds, Jesus is arrested.  Rapidly he's arraigned, convicted, tortured, killed.  But after burial, his tomb is found empty.  Someone who resembles Jesus starts making inexplicable, alarming appearances to those who failed and abandoned him.  Vampire?  Zombie?  Vengeful ghost?

Such weird creatures intrigue those who thrill to paranormal tales of the crypt.  But Easter takes a good ghost story and turns it on its head.  The arisen Jesus assures his friends he's not a ghost.  We should believe him.  Ghost stories arouse acute dread and chronic anxiety.  Jesus' story from beyond the grave inspires delirious joy and persistent celebration.  Ghost stories cause us to cower and hide.  But the story of Jesus rising from the dead provokes bold speech and audacious action.  Far from a vengeful ghost who brings terror and death, Jesus resurrected brings a Spirit of reconciliation and life.

People are storytellers.  We sit around the campfire at night, or around the dinner table, and tell our kids what they should know to grow up whole, good, and beautiful.  Why tell them stories like they see on TV about vampires, zombies, and ghosts when we can tell true tales of the crypt about Jesus?  Holy Week is our campfire, our storytelling place, where we and our kids hear about Jesus who lives now beyond the grave and whose ongoing journey puts all our stories in a whole new light.  Come to church on these special days and you will get some good holy ghost stories truly worth hearing.

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Lessons for Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016
Isaiah 65:17-25
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
John 20:1-18


Wednesday  No Bible Study
                    7:00 - 8:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal
Thursday     7:00 p  Maundy Thursday Service

Friday          12:00 p Good Friday Service
                    7:00 p  Good Friday Service

Saturday      10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Easter Celebration Services
                    9:45 a Easter Breakfast

Looking ahead:

Tuesday, April 5th
Ladies Dinner
6:00 p
Bugatti's at Tanasbourne

Wednesday, April 6th (Wednesday night in April only)
Men's Night
6:00 p
Reedville Cafe

Thursday, April 7th
Movie Night at SOV
Jesus Christ Superstar
6:00-8:30 p