Holy Week 2017

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It seems that nearly every day I read or hear of a story that reminds me of death, loss, or failure. As I scan the headlines, the news seems to be focused on death rather than life. I just read a couple of days ago that a major player in a Hedge Fund jumped out of the office window to his death when he learned of the potential failure of the fund. I suppose to many this simply reflects reality, whether it be the death of a marriage, the death of a young person due to a drug overdose, the death of a dream, or a physical death due to a life altering event. When you are in a death spiral, it is challenging to think in terms of life.

There is something about Easter that reminds us of another alternative. Someone sent me a book recently entitled, “Fierce Hope: Why the Only Truth Worth Living For Is Greater Than the Empty Promises of Our Chaotic World.” I like the phrase “fierce hope,” because rather than resignation that the status quo is the best we can hope for, Christians do have a well-founded hope.

I was listening to a song the other day called “Resurrecting” the words of which said, “In Your name, I come alive, to declare your victory… the Resurrected King is resurrecting me.” As we gather on Easter Sunday, we proclaim to each other and the world that we are a work in progress and God is doing a resurrecting job on us through His Spirit. I hope to see you.


~Pastor Russ Long



PALM SUNDAY SERVICES:   Sunday · April 9th, 9:30am & 11:00am

Palm Sunday is always such a joyous day as we enter into Holy Week knowing the full story.  While it is true that we will experience the anticipation of the establishment of God’s reign, then feel the depths of human failure on Thursday, and the horror of the death of Jesus on Friday, we know how the story ends and we will anticipate experiencing the outrageous joy of His resurrection on Sunday.

TENEBRAE SERVICE, Friday · April 14th, 7:00pm

As you participate in songs and Scriptures, you will be drawn into the telling of the story of the last week of the life of Jesus Christ, as done for centuries on Good Friday. Tenebrae, or “Service of Shadows/Darkness”, ends in darkness as we are reminded of the darkness of sin and the suffering it cost Christ on our behalf.  This is a powerful service to begin the Easter weekend that symbolizes the hope and peace we can have through Christ.

 ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT, Saturday · April 15th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Children’s Ministry is sponsoring the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for all children Grade 5 and under, rain or shine.  There is no cost for this event! There will be egg hunts, crafts, a moon bounce, puppets, and of course, the Easter Bunny!



We are planning two duplicate services on Easter Sunday. We have chosen as our theme for these services “Resurrecting.” We are praying that these services will invite worshippers to open themselves up to the incredible power of our God.


A continental breakfast will be served. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children and can be purchased at the Welcome Center or through the Church Office by calling (410) 838-8290. All proceeds will go towards Teen Mission Outreach in Honduras.


There will be Sunday School classes for the children at 9:00am with Easter activities. At 10:30am, there will be a special worship time in the Good Shepherd Room. Nursery care will be provided during both services.