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.