Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers & Sisters,

What a beautiful day! I hope you’re able to take a walk outside or crack open a window so you can enjoy the Spring weather.

We concluded our Roots series Sunday with a message entitled, Relying on God (10 of 10). If you missed any of the messages in the series, or if you’d like to share the series with friends or family who want to learn more about the Brethren in Christ, you can access all of the sermons here at our website or via our podcast on iTunes.

I thoroughly enjoyed digging into the history of the BIC and reading/hearing lots of stories as I prepared the sermon each week. Thank you to all those who passed on encouraging words over the last 10 weeks. Preaching through the values that many of you have held dear for years kept me on my toes each Sunday. I hope it was refreshing, challenging, and energizing to everyone.

This week is Holy Week in the church. Here are our upcoming events:

Final Lenten Taize Service
Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
* Please remember that there will be no Eat & Run this Wednesday night!

Maundy Thursday
Fellowship Meal at 5:30 p.m.
Footwashing at 6:00 p.m.
Communion Service at 6:30 p.m.

Good Friday
Worship Service at 6:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday
“Because He Lives”
Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

As you all know, Holy Week is a special time of year in the life of the church. Looking at the upcoming events, I know it may seem like a lot to work in your busy schedule. But I do believe that in order for us to fully experience the transformative power of Easter, it’s necessary that we engage the liturgy and take advantage of the opportunity to focus on these key moments in the Passion story. If you’re in town this weekend, I hope that you will make your best effort to join us for each of these worship services. You will be glad that you did.

If you’ve been a part of Grantham Church for any length of time, you know that Maundy Thursday has a long tradition among us. We will share in a simple meal, participate in the washing of feet as a sign of our love and service to one another, and then take communion together in the sanctuary.

This year we are having a Good Friday service that I’d like to see become an annual event. I believe it is critical that we have a service that solely looks at the death of Jesus and the meaning of the cross, before celebrating his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

So, for our Good Friday service I will be sharing a short sermon where we consider what the cross is really all about. Why did Jesus die? What does it say about God? And what does it say about us? It’s important to feel the sorrow and offensiveness of the cross, but we also want to share in the beauty of it as we go below the surface appearance to the depths of God’s cruciformed love.

And finally, on Easter Sunday we will be celebrating the resurrection of Christ through meaningful worship and a sermon called Because He Lives.

Please invite your friends and family to join us on Easter Sunday. Did Jesus physically rise from the dead? We will briefly look at how the best evidence points in that direction, and then I will address why it matters for us today. Join us on Sunday for worship at 10:30 a.m.

I hope to see you this Wednesday for our final Lenten Taize service. I want to thank Gretta Owen for organizing our Taize services again this year. These services of prayerful reflection really help us to stop and be still, which is an increasing challenge in our world today. If you haven’t attended one yet, I want to encourage you to join us tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m.

May the Spirit go with us this week as we journey with Jesus through the last days and hours of his life.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor David

P.S. Please don’t forget that you can sign up for Service Sunday in the church office. Project teams are being formed for our annual service day on Sunday, April 30. We still have quite a few spots to fill, so if you’re able to get out and serve in our community for a few hours that day, please let us know ASAP. Contact the church office by phone or email if you have questions.

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