Peggy uses a set of brightly colored eggs to tell the story of Holy Week!
Peggy tells the story of the first Easter using brightly colored eggs with surprises inside. Since we can't have our regularly scheduled Easter egg hunt, I thought that this was a fun and alternative. Although this version of the story was designed for children, I thought that it was a beautiful retelling that adults can enjoy as well. I did my best to edit in pictures from FreeBibleImages.org to help to bring the story to life. All pictures used are from FreebibleImages.org and are under the Creative Commons License.
Psalm 22 and the hymn "What Wondrous Love?"
For the second day of Holy Week, I would like to share with you the words from Psalm 22. After the Psalm, I invite you to lift your hearts with me for the hymn What Wondrous Love. The pianist from Christ Community (Alexander Schnaubelt) did a wonderful job, but my voice was rather tired by this point since we recorded a bunch of music all in one day. Nevertheless, we present this musical offering with all our hearts.
Psalm 22 and the hymn, "What Wondrous Love Is This?"
For the second day of Holy Week, I would like to share with you the words from Psalm 22. After the Psalm, I invite you to lift your hearts with me for the hymn What Wondrous Love. The pianist (Alex Schnaubelt) did a wonderful job, but my voice was rather tired by this point since we recorded a bunch of music all in one day. Nevertheless, we present this musical offering with all our hearts.
Monday of Holy Week: The Prayer of St. Francis and special music by the pianist from Christ Community UMC.
I’m sorry that we cannot celebrate Holy Week together, but even when we are apart, our hearts are still united through prayer and faith. The pianist from Christ Community, Alex Schnaubelt, plays a special arrangement of the hymn, "Were You There?"
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.
The following is the video for our Palm Sunday Worship Service!
Thank you for joining us for Palm Sunday! You can celebrate Palm Sunday from the safety of your own home. This special service includes a children's message, piano and organ duets, hymns sung in multi-part harmony, and a prayer for when we cannot celebrate the Eucharist together. Rev. Rebecca's homily is entitled, "The Rooster's Cry," and is part of our sermon series, "The Animals of Easter." We recommend taking time to watch the entire worship service., but for your convenience, we wanted to provide you with the following links:
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We might not have green palm branches, but we have palms with which to pray!
We might not have green Palm branches, but we have Palms to pray! Rev. Rebecca, Alex the pianist, Cooper the part-Dalmatian, Nate the tech guru, and Mildred the chihuahua demonstrate how you can have your own Palm parade at home.
Pam tells us the story of how Jesus fed over 5,000 people. Stay tuned after the video for pictures that the kids drew!
In Pam's last video, she told us the story of how Jesus calmed the storm. Then we invited kids to send us the pictures the drew to illustrate the story. We included these great drawings at the end of this video! In this video, she tells us how Jesus fed 5,00 hungry people. Send us your picture and we will do our best to add it to a future video!
I have faith that my scarf will grow up to be a blanket some day!
April 1, 2020-- John 11:25-26: "Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. (NIV)." I love to crochet. A few days ago, I started making my very first crochet blanket. I had never made a blanket before! Crocheting helps to clam my nerves, but I have a problem now. I ran out of yarn! In my area, all the craft stores are closed so I can't get any more yarn to finish my blanket. I know that eventually this too shall pass and the yarn stores will reopen. Some day our churches will reopen for public worship, too! One day my scarf will grow up to be a blanket. Christ will come again!
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The is the longest Lent I've ever experienced-- but this, too, shall pass!
March 31, 2020-- Psalm 130:5 reads, "I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope (NIV)." I am eagerly anticipating the ending of Lent. I gave up chocolate for Lent, and I'm really missing it right now! With everything going on in the world, I could really use some chocolate; however, I will wait until Easter to break my Lenten chocolate fast because I know that despite the fact that this Lent feels EXTRA LONG, it will eventually come to an end. This too shall pass. Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again! But in the meantime, it is extra challenging to watch Jeff eat all the chocolate he wants!
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Please stop what you are doing every day at 5PM and pray for five minutes with us! (Click the following video to play)
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we should, "Pray without ceasing." I love to play the piano-- but I'm not very good. I need lots and lots and LOTS of practice. I spend hours on the piano bench in order to play even the simplest song, and then I always get stage fright when performing in front of people (or the camera! Please excuse my little mistakes in this video!). It takes lots of practice to become skilled at anything, and that includes being a good Christian! During this time we are physically apart, I would like to invite you to unite with our church family in prayer. Stop what you are doing every day at five in the afternoon. Just five minutes a day can make a big difference, just like how constant practice can make a huge impact in someone's musicianship. Please know that we are united in prayer even when we are physically separate. The church is not a building-- it is a people. Let us be a people united in prayer.
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Rev. Rebecca is an ordained elder serving in the Susquehanna Conference. She serves Christ Community UMC and Llyswen UMC in the Altoona District. She is the author of The United Methodist Church and Disability and Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God's Grace (coming soon from Touch Point Press).