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Pastor’s Message: April 11, 2022

Holy Week 2022 is upon us. We began our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday reflecting on how, while our individual and collective sin has created chaos and brokenness, God’s grace calls into the hope of God’s future for creation. Through our intentional devotion and discipline during this season, God’s grace shapes us as disciples as we recommit to God’s love and the Reign of God on earth as it is in heaven.

This seems especially vital this year in the wake of two plus years during which unanticipated and, in many ways, unprecedented events have disrupted life as we know it and created some form of suffering for one and all. We are wondering, “What is next? Where is the hope?”:

We enter this Holy Week in anticipation of the answer to these questions found in God’s good news culminating in the final days and new life of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ of all creation, where the order of God’s sacrificial love replaces wholeness and makes the broken whole. We will reflect together on Maunday Thursday and take home reflections for Good Friday and Holy Saturday. With all this in mind, here are some readings for you until then:


Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 36:5-11
Hebrews 9:11-15
John 12:1-11


Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 
John 12:20-36


Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

Grace and peace,

Rev. J.D. Allen

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