Sunday, March 24, 2013

Passion Week

This holiest of weeks on the Christian calendar is summed up in one word -- "passion."  The term evokes strong emotions.  The streets of Jerusalem resound with exuberant "hosannas" on Palm Sunday; however, by Friday they echo with the harsh cries "Crucify Him!"  Thankfully, excited whispers of "He is risen!" restores hope to the faithful on Easter Sunday.

Pastor Myers challenged the congregation on Palm Sunday to observe the depths of Christ's Passion between the two celebration events which anchor Passion Week at both ends.  We must not overlook the significance of what comes in between.*

Girdwood Chapel will host a service on Friday evening at 7 p.m.  The gathering will be a combination of Maundy Thursday (the "Last Supper," the Garden of Gethsemane and the betrayal) and a Good Friday service.

Easter Sunday we will have two occasions to celebrate.  First, we join with the community at the top of the mountain at 8 a.m.  (Please note the time change.)  Supt. Dave Beckett will deliver the message.  Because there is only one operational tram, folks are encouraged to arrive early (first tram leaves at 6:30 a.m.).  Dress warmly, as the wait time will be considerable, especially after the service ends.

We follow this with a service at the chapel at 11 a.m.  (There will be NO 8:30 service.)  At the conclusion of the 11 a.m. service, there will be a fellowship time.  If you are able, please bring snack foods to share.

May you have a "passionate" week!  We hope to see you on Friday & Sunday!!

* For a brief chronology of events outlined in the Gospels that occurred during Passion Week, please click on the following link: