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.”