Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 05, 2020
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and is an important Christian festival around the world. It falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday and is therefore, like Easter, a moveable feast (i.e. a religious celebration or observance which does not occur on the same date each year)..

Palm Sunday is a commemoration of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, coming in peace and riding on a donkey. Jesus' entry into Jerusalem coincided with the Jewish festival of Passover. He was met by crowds of followers and supporters who lined the road into the city and waved branches cut from palm trees. They laid palm fronds on the road and even laid down cloaks for Jesus to ride over. This entry into Jerusalem fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies promising that God's Messiah would enter the holy city and go to the temple.

Please go to our website www.penderumc.org, Facebook or YouTube any time after 9:00 am April 5 to view the pre-recorded Palm Sunday service. 

It includes communion so please have some bread and juice or wine available. 

Please feel free to stop by the church and get a palm branch for your car and/or home.

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A brief Ash Wednesday Service will be held, Feb. 26, 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Burned palm branches from last Palm Sunday will provide the ashes. The service will include scripture, prayers, hymns, as well as the imposition of ashes.

Pastor Marg is also offering ashes to the Pender Hill Preschool parents and staff at the time of drop off on Ash Wednesday at 9:30 am. The sign of ashes on the forehead is a powerful symbol of repentance and marks the beginning of Lent.

Your participation is encouraged.

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting, and repentance. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter.

And Chuck Knows Church says...

Ever seen a little smudge mark on someone's forehead as they walk out of church? That's a sign of the cross and it means it's Ash Wednesday during Lent.

Chuck tells you about this important worship service:

When did United Methodists start the “imposition of ashes” on Ash Wednesday?

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While many think of actions such as the imposition of ashes, signing with the cross, footwashing, and the use of incense as something that only Roman Catholics or high church Episcopalians do, there has been a move among Protestant churches, including United Methodists to recover these more multisensory ways of worship. This is in keeping with a growing recognition that people have multiple ways of learning and praying.

Worship that is oriented to the intellect or to the emotions, both interior, leaves out those who engage in prayer through vision, smell, touch, movement, and so forth. We are increasingly aware that people are formed in faith when practices become embedded in memory, nerves, muscles and bone through sensory engagement.

United Methodists have had resources for worship that include the imposition of ashes since 1979 when Ashes to Fire was published as Supplemental Worship Resource 8. This practice became part of our official worship resources in 1992 when General Conference adopted The United Methodist Book of Worship. See the service for Ash Wednesday, p. 321-324. It is, of course, optional and no congregation or individual is required to use it.

Other such practices were adopted in 1992. SeeThe United Methodist Book of Worship for:

This FAQ was prepared by Rev. Daniel Benedict, Center for Worship Resourcing, The General Board of Discipleship.

The original article is at http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/when-did-united-methodists-start-the-imposition-of-ashes-on-ash-wednesday

Join Pastor Marg on Wednesdays during Lent for a study of the book of Acts.

This study will be offered TWICE ON WEDNESDAYS beginning March 4 and running 6 weeks at 10:30 am and 7:00 pm using the Disciple Bible Study II Fast Track format. 

Books will be helpful but not required.  You can order a paper copy from Cokesbury or a kindle copy from Amazon.  It is the green and gray books. 

Many scholars see the strong similarities of the church in the 1st century with the church in the 21st century.  We in the 21st century church have much to learn from those apostles in the 1st century.  Mixed in with the Bible study will be information about the religious culture of the United States in 2020. 

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and is an important Christian festival around the world. It falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday and is therefore, like Easter, a moveable feast (i.e. a religious celebration or observance which does not occur on the same date each year).

Palm Sunday is a commemoration of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, coming in peace and riding on a donkey. Jesus' entry into Jerusalem coincided with the Jewish festival of Passover. He was met by crowds of followers and supporters who lined the road into the city and waved branches cut from palm trees. They laid palm fronds on the road and even laid down cloaks for Jesus to ride over. This entry into Jerusalem fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies promising that God's Messiah would enter the holy city and go to the temple.

Please go to our website www.penderumc.org, Facebook or YouTube any time after 9:00 am April 5 to view the pre-recorded Palm Sunday service. 

It includes communion so please have some bread and juice or wine available. The palms have been delivered to the church, so drop by the portico to pick yours up  We are uncertain about the delivery date of the communion sets. 

Please feel free to stop by the church and get a palm branch for your car and/or home.

Maundy Thursday, also called Holy Thursday, is a service to commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper and the beginning of our sacrament, the Lord’s Supper.

The word Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” At the Last Supper, Jesus gave the disciples a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).

Holy Thursday is the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus.

Prior to breaking the bread with the disciples, Jesus washed their feet. Maundy Thursday worship services include Holy Communion and sometimes foot washing as well.  While John’s gospel does not record the institution of the Lord’s Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. Christians therefore keep this night with celebrations both at the basin (footwashing) and at the Lord’s Table (Holy Communion).

Please go to our website www.penderumc.org, Facebook or YouTube any time after 7:30 pm to view the pre-recorded service. 

It includes communion so please have some bread and juice or wine available. 

Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day Christians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross.

The biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture:

We plan to live-stream a service on Friday, April 10 at noon. You can go to Facebook or YouTube or Pender’s website at 12:00 noon. 
If you are not available at that time, you can also return to the website and watch the service any time.

Easter Sunday Info:
God has provided and we plan to have two drive-in services Easter morning, April 12, 9:30 and 11:15. 
The location is the parking lot at 12500 Fair Lakes Circle. Cars will be parked every other space and no one will get out of their car. 
Sound will come through an FM station in car radios so windows can stay up as desired.
If you want to decorate your car for Easter, that will add to the celebration. 
For those unable to or uncomfortable with attending, this service will be either recorded or live-streamed for you to view at home. 
We could still use a small generator.  
We know there has been conflicting information about the options, but we have checked the governor’s, CDC’s, and United Methodist Church’s guidelines as well as legal counsel, and feel confident we are well within the safety of all these groups
You will notice we have given ourselves some options such as “either recorded or live-streamed” because this technology is new to us. We have three fabulous members volunteering incredible time. They are learning every day and every week buying necessary equipment to make all of this possible. Easter hats off to Dave Cahoon, Steve Hocker, and John Amos! 
If you would like to assist them, please let one of them know.

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EASTER LILIES AND THE RESURRECTION. Does Pender fill up its chancel area with Lilies on Easter? And what do lilies and Easter have in common?

Chuck's Easter message with a smile.

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