Greetings from Church of Peace - March 28, 2012

Greetings from Church of Peace on this last Wednesday in Lent.

Tonight marks the end of our sermon series on “The Bible and Calvin and Hobbes”.  Many folks have indicated that they have found these meditations interesting and inspirational.  Tonight’s service begins at 7:00.  Join us!

Sunday is Palm Sunday, a festival of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  Come experience for yourself the glory and the impending sadness of that day.  The Chapel Choir has prepared a special Palm Sunday anthem.  Everyone will receive a palm branch to take home.  We will not be serving Holy Communion; we will do that on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. 

We will be receiving our One Great Hour of Sharing Offering this Sunday.  Please give generously to this appeal which feeds the hungry, offers drink to the thirsty, provides jobs to the unemployed and health care to the sick, and, in a host of ways, ministers to the “least of these” in Christ’s name.

Sunday is the first day that the flocks of flamingoes will be visiting homes of Church of Peace members to raise money for the mission trip.  If a flock lands in your yard, call the church office to have it moved to the lawn of the person of your choice.  Envelopes for donations will be included with the flamingos.  Let’s have fun doing this and supporting our mission trippers.

A sign-up sheet for the Church of Peace softball team will be on the narthex bulletin board beginning today.

A week from tomorrow is Maundy Thursday.  We will set up the sanctuary to transport you back from 2012 to the first century Upper Room.  Communion will be served around tables. The children’s feet will be washed.  Join us for this remembrance of the night that Jesus told us to love one another.  The service is at 7:00 p.m.

A week from Friday is Good Friday. This somber service helps us to enter the arrest, trial, suffering, and death of Jesus.  Pastor Jim will provide special music. Attending this service prepares your heart for a jubilant celebration of Easter.

That’s the news from Church of Peace.

We’ll see you in church.  Pastors Jenny and Jim

A prayer for today: Loving God, how often you have waited patiently for me.  Yet when I’ve turned to you, you have led me safely and wisely into the future.  Whatever the circumstances, may I place my life in your keeping.  Make me thoughtful and considerate in all my dealings today.  May I go bravely though this day, aware of your strengthening presence with me.  Amen.