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    Pastor Keith has begun his sabbatical.
       Please pray for him and Lisa.

     Passionate worship
    Swift worship report 

    Lenten journey continues
    on the road to Easter

     By GREG McNAIR | worship elder 

    PLEASE JOIN US for passionate and meaningful worship at Swift Presbyterian Church as our Lenten journey on the road to Easter continues.

    On April 7, the fifth Sunday of Easter, we will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. All are invited to the table to partake of the juice and bread by intinction.

    Holy Week begins April 14 with Palm Sunday and Jesus’ triumphal arrival in Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Palm branches will be waved joyously, commemorating the Son of God’s arrival in the Holy City. You can bring branches from home or pick up some at church.

    Next comes Maundy Thursday (April 18) and Jesus’ final Passover supper with the 12 apostles in the Upper Room — and then his betrayal and arrest. During a 6 p.m. service in the sanctuary, again we will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

    Good Friday (April 19) is when Jesus goes on trial, is sentenced to die a grueling death on a cross. But before he is nailed to the cross, he is beaten savagely and mocked and humiliated. Here, Jesus pays the price at once for all of our sins — dying for us all. Our worship service is at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary.

    On Easter (April 21), at both services, we will celebrate Jesus Christ’s victory over the grave and his resurrection as our Lord and Savior and return to reign beside God in heaven. That will be a joyful, jubilant day with many “Hallelujahs.”

    We pray these worship services will touch your soul deeply when you reflect on what Christ did for you — all because of God’s great love for each one of his children.

    Our Lenten journey started March 6 with an evening Ash Wednesday service, reminding us how temporary our earthly lives are.

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    ■ Elsewhere in the “passionate worship” section of the newsletter is a list of people who will preach during Pastor Keith’s sabbatical, which begins the day after Easter. Please make these guest preachers feel welcome.

    Thanks to all worship helpers at Swift Church. There are quite a few of you who serve as greeters/ushers, acolytes, scripture readers, liturgists, nursery attendants and in other support roles. You do a wonderful job, and the worship committee is grateful for your dedication and service to God and the church family. If you or your child would like to volunteer or you have questions, please see me and we’ll talk. Or you can use the gift-of-service form on the website.

    ■ If you have ideas relating to the worship experience, please feel free to share them with any of us. The committee includes Pastor Keith, Pastor Jody Beth, Music Director Lisa, Judy Walker, Shirley McCausland (our newest member) and your worship elder. Is God leading you to join the team?

    ■ Please come and join us in worshiping God at Swift Presbyterian Church.

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    The community Lenten lunch series at Foley United Methodist Church offers additional worship and fellowship opportunities on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. from March 7 through April 11. The speakers — pastors from area churches — will focus on the theme “Christ’s Last Words From the Cross.” On April 4, Jody Beth Melton, Swift’s commissioned lay pastor, will offer the closing prayer.

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    When you see people you don’t know in worship, please introduce yourself to them and make them feel at home and invite them to come over for fellowship time. Remember, we practice radical hospitality here.

    HOLY WEEK SERVICES AT SWIFT

    Sunday, April 14 — Palm Sunday worship, 8 and 10 a.m.

    Thursday, April 18 — Maundy Thursday worship, 6 p.m. in the sanctuary

    Friday, April 19 — Good Friday worship, 6 p.m. in the sanctuary

    Sunday, April 21 — Easter worship at 8 and 10 a.m., with breakfast served at 9 by the deacons and egg hunt after 10:00 worship


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    23208 Swift Church Road
    Foley, AL 36535
    Phone: (251) 943-8367
    email: swiftpc@gulftel.com