Today, Katy Smith delivered an awesome and inspiring sermon from I Peter. She not only preached, but designed the entire service.
Katy is a graduate of the Lay School of Religion through the Northwest Ohio Association of the UCC. She is a wonderful asset to the ministry of Calvary.
Today we bask in the afterglow of Resurrection Sunday. Attendance was around one hundred and everyone participated in the liturgy in some way or another. It all started at 7:30 with an early worship outdoors. We all played disciples looking for the body of Jesus. The storage shed became the tomb, the parking lot became the world where we were commissioned to proclaim the news of a Risen Christ. Breakfast followed with some delicious casseroles and all the fixings. After Sunday School, the main service revealed the new cross filled with beautiful flowers as a symbol of the empty cross. Alleluia! Christ is risen indeed!
Last night's service was moving as the congregation sat in darkness while a voice sang "Were You There." Will we be ready for the morning when our Savior comes back from the dead? The early service will be at 7:30 with breakfast to follow. The main service starts at 10:00. Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Tonight we recreated the fateful night when Jesus met with his disciples for the last time before the crucifixion. There he washed their feet and broke the bread. Tonight we prepare our hearts for Resurrection Sunday where we will celebrate the return of the Living Lord.
What a Palm Sunday Celebration we had! Palms were waving, African Palms were passed out. Emily Sloan was confirmed. At the end of the service Emily and her brother, Levi, released two white doves into the sky.
Tomorrow night will be the service of shadows for Maundy Thursday. It will be a night to remember. Our journey takes us to the empty tomb on Easter Sunday. See you all there.
Tonight is the last movie night during Lent. The movie is called "Seven Pounds" about a man tortured by the sins of the past. During the film, he tries to make retribution for his past mistakes. Popcorn and refreshments will be served.
Tonight we will be watching excerpts of the movie, Amazing Grace, which is about the abolition of slavery in 18th century England. The main character is William Wilburforce who passionately petitions the British Parliament to end the cruelty of the slave slave trade.
A perfect topic for a Lenten study, Amazing Grace is a must see movie even for our times.
The ramblings of Pastor Gary