Sunday Schedules

(Scripture notes from Season of the Spirit and Pulpit Resource)


***Please note that gathering for worship in the sanctuary has been suspended until further notice. Please plan to participate via our live streaming service: CLICK HERE or go to www.erucc.org and select Livestreaming

IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE?
During these challenges times you may find yourself in need of assistance. The church office remains open and ready to assist you. We have many volunteers who have offered to grocery shop, make minor home repairs, or just connect with you via phone. If you have a need, please reach out. Call the office at 301-662-2762 or email: aaguilar@erucc.org and we will make arrangements to meet your needs.

 

Sunday, April 5 Palm Sunday
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We are invited as we enter Holy Week to explore the meaning of Jesus’ suffering and death in the six days ahead. We will hear of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as we read from Matthew 21: 1-11 and then of his passion as we read from Matthew 26:14—27:66.

Sunday, April 12 Easter
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In Matthew’s gospel, Matthew 28: 1-10 the account of the Resurrection is not tame. Resurrection summons forces and images of creation. An earthquake shakes the land. An angel, likened in appearance to lightning, descends from heaven. Life and death will never be the same. As you participate in this service at home, you are invited to gather at a table and have a piece of bread or roll and a cup of wine or grape juice before you. Scattered as we may be this evening, we will commune together.

Sunday, April 19 Second Sunday of Easter
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The reading from Acts 2:14a, 22 – 32 shows the transformation of the disciples from a frightened group in hiding to powerful witnesses to Jesus’ death and resurrection. John tells of the events after Easter that led the disciples from paralyzing fear to great joy in the Gospel lesson – John 20: 19-31.

Sunday, April 26 Third Sunday of Easter
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The Gospel lesson for this Sunday, Luke 24: 13-35, tells a story of the afternoon of the first Easter. As two disciples are walking to the village of Emmaus, they encounter a mysterious stranger. In Acts 2:14a, 36–41, Peter’s preaching on the Jerusalem streets “cut to the heart” of those who listened.

 

April’s Coins for a Cause donations will support Red Wiggler, a sustainable farm that provides opportunities for 16 adults with developmental disabilities to come together to engage in meaningful work, learn and grow and distribute healthy food to the community, including to low-income households and adults with developmental disabilities living in group homes. These are dignified, strength-based interactions that provide opportunities to develop vocational, social, and life skills. Visit www.redwiggler.org to learn more.


HOLY WEEK SERVICES, April 5-10
Please participate in Holy Week Services via the ERUCC live streaming link listed in Worship Notes.

Palm Sunday           April 5           10:30 a.m. –  Worship, Online
We are invited as we enter Holy Week to explore the meaning of Jesus’ suffering and death in the six days ahead. We will hear of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as we read from Matthew 21: 1-11 and then of his passion as we read from Matthew 26:14—27:66.

Holy Thursday           April 9          7:30 p.m. – Tenebrae Service
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last  night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new
commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).

This service has three main parts
 A Service of Light– based on the traditional Vespers service in which we recognize Christ our Light;
 A Service of Holy Communion in which we are invited to participate as one of The Twelve at the Last Supper;
 A Service of Shadows–Tenebrae–in which we meditate on the Passion of Christ and experience in dramatic form the extinguishing of the Light.
****As you participate in this service at home, you are invited to gather at a table and have a piece of bread or roll and a cup of wine or grape juice before you. Scattered as we may be this evening, we will commune together.

Good Friday          April 10      Noon
Our services this day focus on the painful journey through Jesus’ arrest, trials, crucifixion, and death on the cross. We will read scripture describing the events of this day accompanied by periods of reflection.

Our ERUCC Easter Tradition invites the congregation to bring fresh cut flowers to church on Easter Sunday. We decorate the cross in worship and then place it on the front steps of the church. In these days, it is important to hold on to whatever traditions we have — even if they need to be adapted. We believe that our cross filled with flowers will bring joy and hope to you watching the service online as well as those who pass by the front of the church following the Easter service. Many thanks to Peter Brehm and Jack Day who are organizing this.

Here’s the plan to keep us safe as we bring any flowers we have from our yards:
1. Buckets filled with water that are 6 feet away from one another in front of the Parish House.
2. Using SignUp Genius (see link below), we invite members to sign up for a time on April 11 to stop by and drop off flowers in 15 minute increments starting at 9 am to 1 pm. (Jack and Peter will be there during this time to greet folks and keep an eye on the buckets)
3. If you are not comfortable leaving home but have flowers you want to share, email Amy at aaguilar@erucc.org and we can make arrangements for someone to come and pick them up from your porch.
4. Please review the available slots and click on the button to sign up. If you encounter any barriers, email Peter at pbrehm@comcast.net with the time slot you want to drop off flowers. Thank you! Please use this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48ABA72DA7F94-easter

 

 

MID- WEEK LENTEN SERVICES
Wednesdays,  April 1, 8
Noon–12:15 p.m. – Service of Prayer in Trinity Chapel
12:15–1 p.m. – Lunch and Bible Study Reflection
Theme: One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. ‘How,’ Ann wondered, ‘do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long —and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?’ In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, that we discover the life we’ve always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved—by God. Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive.

Ash Wednesday

April 1         Empty to Fill
April 8        Connecting with Art (This week we will take a look at various artist’s depictions of the crucifixion of Jesus and have a conversation about what we see and how we experience them.)