Weekly Update: Seder Feast Pics, Good Friday & Easter

A Note from Pastor Mark

In Western Christianity, churches typically observe Good Friday in remembrance of Christ's crucifixion and then Easter Sunday in remembrance of his resurrection. The jarring tone shift between the somber melancholy of Friday and the exuberant praise of Sunday can be disorienting. 

Most churches tend to be better suited for one or the other, either lament or rejoicing. In essence, there are Good Friday churches and there are Easter Sunday churches. And very few can hold the tension of those tones together.

Perhaps, we could learn from our family to the East. For Orthodox churches, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are not considered separately but only together. In fact, all three days of Christ's defining work are collectively termed "Pascha", a word derived from the Hebrew for Passover.

In the Orthodox mind, the crucifixion of Christ, his descent into the place of the dead, and his resurrection are all a single event. The sadness and joy are one. After all, Christ went to the cross for the glory set before him. And he rose from death with the scars of pain on his hands.

True life, the life of God that manifested bodily in Jesus, is a life that holds sadness and joy together. Our God is simultaneously full of grief and full of healing. He is a man of sorrows and a God of hope. He is broken-hearted and overflowing in delight.

Our world offers simple pictures of salvation: "Look on they bright side; focus on the positive; you are beautiful." Or "Call out injustice; speak truth to power; punch a Nazi." The Gospel is more complex. Its brightness births from shadow. Its beauty is often gruesome. And Nazis are washed in love.

This Pascha, let go of simple and false salvations. Feast on a broken body, and hunger no more. Drink deeply of shed blood, and be satisfied. Cling to the crucified one, and live forever.

- Pastor Mark


SEDER FEAST HIGHLIGHTS

We enjoyed a joyous and meaningful feast with one another last night - many thanks to Jesse and Grace for capturing the evening for us! 


CALENDAR & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  GOOD FRIDAY FRI // MAR 30  7PM   Join with us for a joint Good Friday service with the Village Church at 7pm on March 30th.

GOOD FRIDAY
FRI // MAR 30
7PM


Join with us for a joint Good Friday service with the Village Church at 7pm on March 30th.

  EASTER BAPTISMS SUN // APR 1 10AM   We’re planning to set up our baptismal this Easter. If you would like to baptized, email  Pastor Mark.  

EASTER BAPTISMS
SUN // APR 1
10AM


We’re planning to set up our baptismal this Easter. If you would like to baptized, email Pastor Mark. 

  FAMILY SERVICE SUN // APR 1 10 AM   The kids will join us for the entire service this Sunday & help lead us in a special Common Time with Kaitlyn! Nursery will be available for 0-3yrs. 

FAMILY SERVICE
SUN // APR 1
10 AM


The kids will join us for the entire service this Sunday & help lead us in a special Common Time with Kaitlyn!
Nursery will be available for 0-3yrs. 

  EASTER PIE SUN // APR 1 10 AM   Bake or buy your favorite pie to share following our Easter service on April 1st!

EASTER PIE
SUN // APR 1
10 AM


Bake or buy your favorite pie to share following our Easter service on April 1st!


THIS COMING SUNDAY

Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven.
— N.T. Wright

THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE:
YET SHALL HE LIVE
John 11:17-27

Pastor Mark Bergin

Death is a great enemy. It stands immovably in our way, threatening darkness where there was light and decay where there was life. Yet, there is a sort of life that is impervious to death. It is a life unlike our own, a divine life. Jesus embodied this life, invading our dying world with it. Wherever he went, death buckled before him. Even finally in his own tomb, death could not hold him. He is the resurrection and life, and all who live in him have conquered the grave.


VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR APR 1

PRE-SERVICE
Liturgy Writer: Cassie S
Greeters: Vitaliy & Veronika M
Sun Manager: Cassie S
Hospitality: Josh & Marla W, Bobby L
Media: Lea R
Audio: Cylas C (from Village Church) 

DURING SERVICE
Band Leader: Sam C
Band Members: Alec W, Jordan K, Kaitlyn K, Dan H
POTP: Cassie S
Announcements: Grace H
Scripture: Tamara H
Preacher: Mark B
Offering: Steve H & Heidi D
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: Morgan G & Matthew S

KIDS MINISTRY
*Easter is a Family Service
Nursery: Jamie O & Stacey J

POST-SERVICE
Info Table: Matthew S & Grace H
Prayer Team: Mark B & Heather C

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