Thursday Thoughts – March 29, 2018

Dear Congregation:  
Easter is the season of radical hope. It’s a season when we are asked to hear the voice of Jesus calling our name, as he called to Mary in the garden. It’s a season when we are invited to see light shining in the dark places of our lives and the world. It’s a season when we contemplate how the stones in our lives can be rolled away. In our part of the world, we see hope bursting forth in the blooming of flowers and the buds appearing on the trees. Green shoots of new life break through the hard soil. All of this reminds us of the tenacity of life.
I invite you to continue the journey to Easter by attending Maundy Thursday services tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary as we recall the last supper and then return tomorrow for one of our Good Friday services as we journey with Jesus to the cross.
***Please note that the elevator is working again.
Holy Thursday March 29
7:30 p.m. – Holy Communion and Tenebrae Service
(main sanctuary)
This service will be held in the sanctuary again this year and include the traditional readings and extinguishing candles as we have previously done when the service was held in the social room.
Good Friday
Noon and 7:30
(main sanctuary)
Each person will be given a stone to hold throughout the service as we contemplate the weight of the worry, separation and sorrow that we carry.
Easter Sunday  April 1       Love comes to life
Mark 16: 1-8
What is your own Easter experience like? Where and what are the broken spaces in your own life, in the community, faith community, world that need to feel alive again, with lightness and hope? How might you, as individuals and the church, be that sign of lightness and hope?
Christian Education                     Easter Sunday            April 1  at 9:30 am
Children and youth will meet with Kim Sexton in Trinity Chapel for a variety of Easter crafts and activities. Adults will gather in the West Classroom of Trinity Chapel as we continue our discussion of Walter Brueggemann’s book, A Way Other Than Our Own. This Sunday, we will focus on the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection.
Don’t forget to sign up for the interfaith Seder on Saturday, April 7th from 5-8:30, with Calvary United Methodist and Congregation Kol Ami.
Location: 131 W. Second Street Frederick, MD 21701
Construction Update
CLICK HERE to see this week’s video of the construction project:
Thanks to Jenna Duranko and Amy Aguilar for this week’s update.
Food for Thought:
“Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” (Arundhati Roy)
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Easter Tradition:
Each year, the congregation of ERUCC brings fresh cut flowers to church on Easter Sunday. These flowers are displayed on a cross in front of our church.  Please continue this beautiful tradition and bring your fresh cut flowers to display on our beautiful cross!
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701

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