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Pastor Ralph's
Weekly Update
April 1, 2020


Greetings Christian sisters and brothers,

This coming Sunday, April 5, is Palm/Passion Sunday and once again Hannah, Rita and I are planning to lead worship and stream it on Facebook Live. Our palms arrived, so you will see lots of them in the front of the sanctuary!! Practice singing, "All Glory, Laud and Honor" and be ready to join us!!!

I wanted to attach the obituary for Dan Spivey - you can read it through the link provided.

I also want to report that Jim Spruance, who has been in hospice care for a couple of weeks, is now in the "transition stage". I have been able to visit with Jim a couple of times during these last days of his life. Please keep him in your prayers.

You may notice that we don't mention names of people in the prayers during our worship. That is intentional, since the streaming worship is reaching a larger audience than those who regularly step into our sanctuary. I want to respect the personal privacy of those who are in need of prayers. Also, as of this time, I do not know of anyone in the congregation who has tested positive for the Covid19 virus ... please, if you are in need of prayer or of any material supplies, let me know and I can see about helping out ... the prayer is a certain!!!

Finally, as I mentioned at the end of last week's worship, I will be putting a 15 minute (approximately) live stream at noon each weekday of Holy Week consisting of prayer, a reading from one of the "Servant Songs" of Isaiah, and then a portion of the Passion of Jesus according to Matthew. This will be followed by prayer. The livestreams on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will be a little longer, as Thursday will end with the stripping of the altar, and Friday will include other parts of the liturgy, including the Bidding Prayers, Solemn Reproaches and Adoration of the Cross. Here are the schedules of readings in case you want to follow along at home:

Monday, April 6 - Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 26:1-16, "The Gathering Storm"
Tuesday, April 7 - Isaiah 49:1-7 Matthew 26:17-35, "The Kairos"
Wednesday, April 8 - Isaiah 50:4-9a, Matthew 26:36-56, "Gethsemane"
Thursday, April 9 - Isaiah 52:13-53:3, Matthew 26:57-27:10, "Jesus on Trial"
Friday, April 10 - Isaiah 53:4-12, Matthew 27:11-66, "The Messiah Condemned" & "The Dawn of the New Age"

As I did last week, I will send a "bulletin" on Saturday for this week's worship.

Grace and peace be with all of you - and God be with you till we meet again!