Message from the Pastor, April 13, 2017

To the faithful followers of Jesus Christ at Litchfield Community Church and beyond!

We are moving into the final days leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Maundy Thursday will be celebrated at 7:00. It is a short and simple remembrance of Jesus’ last night with his disciples. Jesus wanted them with him because they were his loved ones. We will try to recapture his love reaching out to us today. This service can be meaningful to school age children as well as adults. There are reading parts, and we all sit at the table, thinking of Jesus’ love at the Last Supper. If you or your children would be willing to take a reading part, that would be helpful – let me know.

Good Friday is Open Chapel from 12:00-3:00. You may choose to come for 5 minutes or longer, to reflect on what Jesus did at the cross. Every half hour there will be a short meditation on one of the 7 things Jesus said while on the cross. You are invited to read, or to listen. 

Sunday Sunrise Service begins at 6:30 and is led by the Youth. They are hoping to meet behind Riverside Cottage, weather permitting.

Pancake Breakfast at 7:00.

During the 10:00 Worship Service on Sunday there will be an Easter egg hunt for the children, beginning at 10:30. The eggs will be hidden outdoors, weather permitting, or in the Fellowship Hall. There will also be an Easter craft.

There will be a Guest Speaker at the 10:00 Worship Service. Mary Magdalene is going to tell us her story. 

May your heart be filled with joy as we approach the weekend.

Pray for Two in the Pew.

Weekly Message from the Pastor, April 6, 2017

Spring and New Beginnings are on the way!

As the time approached to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. Luke 9:51 On Passion Sunday we considered the suffering of Jesus, especially that of relationships: Betrayal, Denial, Desertion, Injustice, Public humiliation, and finally God turning away from his Son. It is pretty emotional, and hits me more than watching The Passion’s portrayal of physical pain. The emotional suffering of severed and broken relationships seems intolerable.
What was Jesus’ motivation? Why didn’t he give up, and call the 10,000 angels at his disposal? 1) It was Jesus’s Destiny, his call, planned before the world began. 2) It was Jesus’s Character – that of love, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness. 3) He was the Great Warrior, come to win the war against evil. You too have 1) a Destiny or call. You too can 2) “put on Christ’s” character of love, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness, wherever it takes you; 3) And God has given each of us a piece of the war against evil to fight, whether cruelty to animals, human trafficking, child abuse, homelessness, or something else. See the Passion Sunday Message on You Tube in the near future: Litchfield Community Church Presbyterian.
The Highest of Holy Days is coming soon: RESURRECTION SUNDAY
We begin Holy Week on Sunday.
Palm Sunday: A special celebration for children
Maundy Thursday (7:00 pm): Commemorating Jesus’s last meal with his disciples
Good Friday (church open 12:00-3:00, music and readings on the half hour)
Clean up Inside and out of church building on Holy Saturday 4/15/17: 10:00
Sunrise Easter Service at 6:30 am
Easter Pancake Breakfast at 7:00 am 
Resurrection Sunday Celebration at 10:00 

And this Saturday is the Community Breakfast, 8:00-11:00, Kids Club 10:15, Blood Pressure Screening by Parish Nurses.

HOLY HUMOR
“Does your husband attend church regularly?” “Oh yes. He hasn’t missed an Easter Sunday since we were married.”