This Sunday in worship…

Tonight’s Maundy Thursday service begins at 7:30 p.m. This is a time for contemplation about the last days of Jesus’ earthly life and our own participation in the suffering of the world.  We will share communion, hear a series of scripture lessons and hymns, and extinguish candles one by one as the darkness approaches. Robin Bower will offer a prelude, “Christ lag in Todesbanden” (Christ lay in death’s bonds), by J.S.Bach; the choir will share “For Love of You,” by John Carter, and Randy Stone will offer a rendition of “What Wondrous Love is This.”  Together, we will watch for Christ’s light that shines in the darkness and affirm that nothing can overcome it.

On Good Friday, you are invited to join the  Ecumenical Walk of the Cross for Solidarity & Justice sponsored by the Greater Rochester Community of Churches’ Faith in Action  Network.  Starting at Aenon Baptist Church, 175 Genesee Street, walkers will journey through the neighborhood carrying a symbolic Cross of Christ, stopping along the way to “make holy” various sites of violence and to mark places of hope and rejuvenation. There are 7 stops on this 1.5 mile pilgrimage. Speakers will meditate and pray on the Seven Last Words of Christ and reflect on how his ministry still speaks to the hearts of those who are suffering in our neighborhoods today. Experience Christianity in action! (see separate flyer)

On Easter Sunday, joy will abound as we celebrate the new life Christ offers!  Our 10:30 service includes music by the Bell Choir and Adult Choir. Jim Guppy, Phoenix Hoffman, and Will Markwick will grace our opening hymn with brass accompaniment. Brady Griffin will serve as Lay Reader and Pastor Martha will preach on “Whom Do You Seek?”  As you enter the sanctuary, you are invited to participate in the “Flowering of the Cross,” transforming a barren cross into a brightly colored symbol of Christ’s resurrection and constant presence.  You may bring a few of your favorite cut  flowers or use those provided. Come celebrate with us, and bring a friend!