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Reflections on Easter

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Celebrate Easter at Peace Lutheran!Holy Week begins this year on March 24th with Palm/Passion Sunday when we remember Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and the beginning of the events that led to his passion, crucifixion and death. I’ve often been asked why we place special emphasis on these moments in Jesus’ life. Can’t we just jump from Palm Sunday’s glorious parade to Easter’s resurrection and skip the gruesome details of our Lord’s suffering? We must keep in mind, however, that there can be no resurrection without first a death!

Lutherans have a “theology of the cross” as opposed to a “theology of glory”. The resurrection is for us as glorious a festival and celebration as for any other group of Christians; and most likely even more so because of our having walked with Jesus through that historic week. We are humbled and awestruck by the last supper with his disciples on Maundy Thursday, followed by his arrest and trial; then his extreme torture and suffering, followed by crucifixion, death and burial on Good Friday. The cross is the symbol of our faith! On the cross Christ finished his mission on earth, accomplished our salvation and God’s glory.

Life in this world is not without its challenges and struggles. It is into the deepest troubles we face that Christ entered, conquering all the forces of evil that threaten us by his perfect obedience, even unto death. When we share these times with Jesus, we gain an understanding and appreciation for all that God has done for us, and know with all certainty that He is with us always, and gives us the victory of a new life.

We hope you worship with us this Holy Week. “Reflections on Easter” is a special devotional booklet you may pick up in our fellowship hall and begin using on March 4th for the four weeks leading up to Easter. We have a limited number of copies available to guide you through your Lenten meditation and preparation for Easter. You are also invited to worship with us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 during Lent to gain helpful insights for your personal prayer life. Our discussions are enlightening and inspiring!

                                                                                                                        Pastor Kurt Wandrey

Holy Week Worship:

10:00 a.m., March 24th, Palm/Passion Sunday

7:00 p.m., March 28th, Maundy Thursday, with Holy Communion

7:00 p.m., March 29th, Good Friday Tenebrae, Service of darkness and candles

 

8:00 & 10:30 a.m., March 31st, Easter Sunday Festival Worship