Since you are receiving this newsletter at the start of Holy Week, I thought it would be fun to give you a challenge. Following is a list of 15 questions. Can you answer them without looking them up in your Bible? If not, (and even if you can!), I invite you to join us for worship on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday; because you will hear the answers to all of them in one of those three services. Holy Week is a sacred time. At the conclusion of it, we will celebrate Easter, and that will be a glorious celebration. But before we get there, we have to understand and remember why we rejoice. Will you take this journey with me? I hope so. Are you ready? Here we go…
1. When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, what words were shouted by the crowd?
2. What occasion did Jesus celebrate with his disciples on the night of the Last Supper?
3. Name three foods at the supper.
4. When Jesus was put on trial, what was the chief accusation against him?
5. Where did Jesus go to pray just before he was arrested?
6. Who betrayed Jesus and for how much?
7. Who did Pilate set free instead of Jesus?
8. What did Pilate do at the end of the trial and why?
9. Who helped Jesus carry his cross? Why?
10. Who gave the cave where Jesus was buried?
11. What happened to Jesus’ clothes after his crucifixion?
12. What happened in the temple after Jesus breathed his last?
13. How long was it dark during the day of the crucifixion?
14. Who took Jesus’ body down from the cross and buried him?
15. How many times did Jesus speak from the cross? Can you list what he said?
Again this year, our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will be held jointly with our Presbyterian sisters and brothers in Gothenburg. Maundy Thursday will be held there; Good Friday will be held here; and both services begin at 7:00 p.m. Our Easter morning worship will be at our usual time of 10:30 a.m. and we will enjoy a time of coffee fellowship beforehand. Later in the month, on April 23rd (the day after Earth Day), we are going to celebrate God’s gift of creation; and then on April 30th, Ray Jackson will be with us at the organ. It’s going to be a busy and worship-filled month, and I am looking forward to sharing all that it holds with you.