Palm Sunday Service (edited)



Virtual Children’s Ministry – April 5

Today is the beginning of Holy Week.  
We will continue posting the Holy Moly and Connect lessons after Easter.  
This week, the most helpful thing you can do with your children and teens to help them grow in faith, is to read the stories, of that week with them, share some of the reactions you remember having as a kid, and have fun doing the traditional Holy Week activities.  
This year, more than any year I can remember, there is plenty of time to dye eggs, make hot cross buns, plant seeds, and build memories.  
If your child has a full bible, help them find the stories in one of the gospels.  For kids, the stories in Mark 11-16 are fast paced and brief.  For kids who want more details in the story, try Matthew or Luke.  If you have young children, read whatever story/picture bible you have!
 
Since dying eggs and making hot cross buns are two of the most popular traditions, here are some links to the origins of these traditions.
 

Why we eat hot cross buns at Easter

Stay connected!  Share pictures of your family’s Holy Week traditions on our facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/FPCElkhart/

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Pastor Sally’s Devotion for April 1,2020

Dear friends,

I realized today that I was letting the future get to me.  In fact, the future, as I was imagining it, was ruining my day.  So I paused and took out my favorite prayer book.  I found a very useful reflection in the entry for today.  It was written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who suffered great sorrow in her early twenties at the kidnapping and murder of her baby.  I think her wise words are useful in these days when letting the future or the past “get to us” is simply not helpful.  Here are Anne’s words:

“Hurry is an unpleasant thing in itself, but also very unpleasant for whoever is around it.  Some people came into my room and rushed in and rushed out, and even when they were there, they were not there – they were in the moment ahead or the moment behind.  Some people who came in just for a moment were all there, completely in that moment.

Live from day to day, just from day to day.  If you do so, you worry less and live more richly.  If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”                                                                                                                                                     Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Peace to you, Pr. Sally

Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.                        Matt 6: 33-34

 



Daily Devotion from Pastor Sally – April 1, 2020

Dear friends,

I realized today that I was letting the future get to me.  In fact, the future, as I was imagining it, was ruining my day.  So I paused and took out my favorite prayer book.  I found a very useful reflection in the entry for today.  It was written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who suffered great sorrow in her early twenties at the kidnapping and murder of her baby.  I think her wise words are useful in these days when letting the future or the past “get to us” is simply not helpful.  Here are Anne’s words:

“Hurry is an unpleasant thing in itself, but also very unpleasant for whoever is around it.  Some people came into my room and rushed in and rushed out, and even when they were there, they were not there – they were in the moment ahead or the moment behind.  Some people who came in just for a moment were all there, completely in that moment.

Live from day to day, just from day to day.  If you do so, you worry less and live more richly.  If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”                                                                                                                                                                                                Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Peace to you,

Pr. Sally

 

Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.                        Matt 6: 33-34

 



Lakewood Church Hosanna



Daily Devotion from Pastor Sally – March 30, 2020

Dear Friends,

This time of year, there’s a song that starts playing in my head in anticipation of Palm Sunday.  Surprisingly it’s not one of the traditional hymns with which I was raise, although I love the old Palm Sunday hymns.  This song is much simpler.  It’s a bit of the song the disciples sang on that first Palm Sunday.  “Hosanna in the highest!” 

The word, Hosanna is actually a Hebrew word.  It means save us!  But over time is also became a shout of praise for whoever was being honored.  In this case the word was shouted to honor Jesus, the one the crowds believed would be the new king of God’s people.  Did they know they were also calling in one voice to God to save them?  I guess it’s hard to know what the crowds thought on that day.  They certainly didn’t do well by Jesus as the week progressed.

In this week as you begin to think about our Palm Sunday celebration next Sunday, I will share this link with you.  Perhaps this very simple “Hosanna” song will fill your soul with praise for the one who does, indeed, come to save us.

Blessings,

Pr. Sally



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March 29 Virtual Children’s Ministry

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