April 1 Update ~ Invitation to Create Palm/Passion Art

Dear Siblings in Christ,

        It was not all that long ago that we thought we would only need to hunker down for a few weeks with the promise of singing our loud, collective “Hosanna!” in our sanctuary this Sunday. Unfortunately, that reality is gone.

        In the midst of panic and turmoil in our community, state, country, and world, we encourage you to continue to rest in the grace and peace of our Lord and to remember that God is sovereign. That said, we want to be smart and continue to do our part to help mitigate the transmission of this virus, even as we enter into Holy Week.

        The first Sunday of Holy Week is commonly called “Palm Sunday” or “Passion Sunday.” Those who call it “Palm Sunday” tend to focus on the entry of Christ into Jerusalem to the shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is the One Who comes in the name of the Lord.” Those who refer to the day as “Passion Sunday” tend to focus on Jesus’ suffering. This is especially appropriate in contexts where participation in midweek services on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday is difficult or minimal, and where, as a result, worshipers would sing “Hosanna” and “Christ arose” with little attention to Jesus’ suffering and death.

        But even for congregations that celebrate the day as Palm Sunday (as ours will this year), it is important to capture the irony of the day. For this is the day that Jesus entered the city in triumph, but as a part of his journey to the cross; this is the week in which the crowd’s cries of “Hosanna” would soon turn to “Crucify him.” Worship on Palm/Passion Sunday, as well as other Holy Week services, invites us to think of ourselves as participants in a kind of dramatic reenactment of scriptural events.

        As Palm Sunday approaches, all members of the congregation and their families are invited to read Matthew 21:1-11. After you have read and reflected on Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, we hope you will consider creating your own interpretation of the scene that day, using 8 ½ x 11 paper and whatever medium(s) you have at your disposal. Anytime between now and Friday, we encourage you to share your artwork by scanning and emailing it to cjforsing@fredericksburgpc.org. We will exhibit everyone’s Palm Processional scenes outside of the Sanctuary along the George Street fence.

        We hope you participate in this endeavor as we seek to continue to live in community, be the Church, and grow in faith together during this time of uncertainty.

May the peace of Christ be with you,

The Church Staff

Additional Announcements

These Days devotional booklets are available on a table in the foyer and may be picked up during office business hours, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Capsule of Concern: Hattie Bingham, Tammy Hancock, Alfred King, Billie Plank, Don Wilson, Donn Langfitt, John Walker

Lectionary Readings for next Sunday, April 12, Easter:

Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Colossians 3:1-4

John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10

Birthdays this week April 5-12

5.     Diana Bentley, Lamoine Knefelkamp

6.     Joanne Farley, John LeFebre

7.     Alice Avery, Jim Pickens, Tamie Pratt-Fartro

8.     Jeremy Vaughn

9.     Karen Boyles, Enoch Huffman, David King, Tracey Rembisz

10.   Doris Gulatsi, Lydia Stevick, Marla Tischler

11.   Ellie Crane, Stephanie Yealy

12.   Rachel Hole, Elsie Janney, Lee Steven

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