Holy Week

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, a week of special meaning for us as a Christ followers.  In the morning church service, the children sang praises to the Lord, clapping their hands and waving their palm branches.  We partook of the Lord’s supper.  In the evening, our church members met in several homes to pray for the needs of our community, nation, and world.  The children went on a prayer walk.  This week, we broadened our prayer lives by practicing adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.  It was beautiful to hear the children verbalizing the things that were on their hearts.

In our Bible readings, we journeyed through the last week of Christ before He was crucified.  We read of His entry into Jerusalem among praises, His last teachings to His disciples, the overturning of the tables in the temple, the demonstration of servant hood by washing His disciples’ feet, the celebration of the Passover with His disciples, the agonized prayer in the garden, His betrayal by Judas, the trial and cruel punishments.

Friday, the weather was fitting: stormy and rainy, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death.  Saturday was cold, Service Winter, here in the mountains.  We waited in anticipation, because Sunday was coming.  We read how He was laid in a tomb, sealed and guarded.

Sunday, we awoke to a beautiful, sunny morning.  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!  We gathered at church a bit early for a Sunrise service, a time to reflect on our risen Savior.  During the worship hour, the choir sang a moving cantata including songs such as Hail, Jesus, You’re My King,  In Christ Alone, Agnus Dei, and Worthy Is the Lamb.  As director, I can say it was truly a worshipful experience.  Afterwards, it was sweet to see all the children in their Easter finery running around the field gathering eggs.

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We do not usually have big meals on Sunday, but I decided to make a ham loaf for supper.  Ham loaf is a Pennsylvania Dutch food which uses a mix of ground pork and ground ham instead of beef to make a meatloaf.  The aroma is tantalizing!  Somehow, it smells like Easter to me, probably because my mother often has ham loaf for her extended family gathering on Easter Sunday.

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The daffodils and hyacinths are showing their beauty.  Some of the flowering trees, including pear and plum, are filling the air with their perfume.  It is a glorious time of year to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior!

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