Saturday, April 11, 2020

Easter services

Dear Beloveds of Christ, 

Here is the link to our Easter service!  We recorded a little bit of it at Zion Lutheran, First Pres, and St. Peter's as we wanted every
one to have a chance to celebrate the resurrection at their own church.

For those hesitant to use an embedded link, please go to Youtube and search 'Easter Worship 2020 Zion Lutheran First Presbyterian and St. Peter's Episcopal La Grande OR'

During the service, Pastor Roberta leads what is called a Spiritual Communion.  It is used in the Episcopal church for those times that people cannot actually gather.  There is a corporate prayer for people to join in at the end of this post.

Tomorrow morning, the Blooming Cross will be up by 9:00 AM on the lawn near the corner of Washington and 6th.  Bring a flower to hang on it anytime up until 5:00 PM.  There will be extra flowers, but if they go as fast as the palms did, you may want to make sure you bring at least one!  We will ring the church bell at 9:00 AM so be listening for that.  Throughout the day we will come down and take a pictures of the cross to see the progression of the 'blooming.'  We will also email out a final picture to share with everyone.

In Google, type in 'PCUSA Easter Worship Service' and it should be your first option of search results.

Christ is Risen!
He is Risen, Indeed!
Happy Easter from the whole Hudson Family!

The invitation to a Spiritual Communion
A spiritual communion is a personal devotional that anyone can pray at any time to express their desire to receive Holy Communion at that moment, but in which circumstances impede them from actually receiving Holy Communion.

The presider invites the following prayer to be said by all.
In union, dear Lord, with the faithful at every altar and table of your church, where your blessed body and blood are being offered to the Father, I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body, with the earnest wish that I may ever be united to you. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I receive you spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, and embrace you with all of my soul. Let nothing ever separate me from you. Let me live and die in your love. Amen.
Adapted from the A Form of Spiritual Communion of the Diocese of Malaita of the Anglican Communion  

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