Friday, March 26, 2021

Worship Info for 3.28.21

 Dear Friends-Holy Week is almost upon us!  Join us for worship this Palm Sunday either in person or online.  If you are in worship, we will take a picture of you with a palm for a celebration video.  If you are in the area and unable to join us in worship, the palms will be outside both doors of the church for you to pickup.  Please take a picture of yourself and family with a palm and email it to us.  Those out of town, take a picture of yourself with any branch and send it our way.  We need pictures by Thursday, April 1 to make the video.


If you are joining us in-person for worship, we ask that you RSVP.  We do this to help monitor our numbers and have a checklist of names.  If you wake up Sunday morning and think, I want to go to church but I didn't RSVP,  please still come!  There has been plenty of room to spread out.  Remember to wear your mask.  You can call us to RSVP at 541-963-5114 (please leave a message if we aren't there), email us, or use this handy RSVP form:  https://forms.gle/DJHar4oWKqUVWFtn6.  

You can connect online at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande to watch the service live and you can use that same link to access a recording of the worship service anytime. We are also posting the videos to the church's blog after the service and is available at http://fpclagrande.blogspot.com/

This week's Shalom theme is reconciliation.  Our Lenten journey to the ways of shalom has brought us to the final week — Holy Week. It is a week that starts with the triumphal entry into the Holy City where soon the cheering crowds will become jeering crowds no longer praising Jesus but condemning him. How quickly the tide can turn. And yet, as the week ends with the cross of Good Friday and the tears of grief filling our Holy Saturday, joy will return. Resurrection Sunday comes and we are reminded that in Christ, God was reconciling the world. As we journey through Holy Week exploring the theme of reconciliation, think of the hurts, grudges and hatred that need to be nailed to the cross and laid to rest in a “tomb.” Think about the healing power of reconciliation and where you have seen it in your life.

Please reflect on these questions.  If you are in worship, you may write a word or phrase or other prayer on a ribbon and place it on the Prayer Cross.  The Cross will be placed outside until 4PM if you want to come place a ribbon on the tree then.  For those of you far flung friends, you may email your responses and prayers to us and we will add them to the cross.

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