“For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.” Ecclesiastes 4:10

Pastor’s Perspective

 

Easter/Holy Week 

The lines at the concession stand are always longest before the start of the movie. Most people don’t want to miss any part of the movie, not even to get popcorn, a drink or a candy bar. And in the middle of a really good book, who finds it easy to place the book aside and say I’ll get back to that another day? And who walks away from coffee and newspaper in the middle of a really good local or world story?

In the weeks to come, we will share the greatest story ever told and you won’t want to miss any part of the story.

On Palm Sunday, April 13, we’ll gather outside the sanctuary and hear the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city, to the shouts of Hosanna (“Save us”).  We’ll gather on Maundy Thursday, April 17, and hear the story of Jesus’ command to love, and we’ll hear how Jesus modeled servant leadership by taking on the task of the lowest of the servants. We’ll hear the story of Jesus’ last supper shared with his disciples and his command, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Then on Good Friday, April 18, we’ll hear of Jesus’ great love for all of us as he suffers the humility and pain of the cross, and we’ll hear Jesus’ words of forgiveness from the cross, “Father forgive them.”

Finally, on Easter Sunday we’ll hear the story of Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the grave as we joyfully sing Jesus Christ Has Risen Today.

Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday are really one story:  Our story, the story of God’s indescribable love for all of us.

In order to really get it, to appreciate the whole story, one needs to hear and share in the entire story. That’s why I would encourage you to do two things during Holy Week.

First, come to worship. Gathered with friends and family, we share in the telling of the story together.

Second, read the story at home all the way through at one sitting.  Read it as a family or read alone. Read it as it is recorded by all four gospel writers.

It’s true we know the story. Most of us have heard the story many times. That being said, I believe this old story has power.  This story can touch us anew with God’s amazing, sustaining love and grace. But we have to be willing to take the time to once again hear and share the story.

God’s peace and blessings,

Pastor Tom

 

Church Picnic

September 2011, Champaign IL

Our youth enjoying the dunk tank during the annual church picnic.

Baby Sunday

August 2011, Champaign IL

A celebration of the all our families with children ages 3 and under.

Apple Festival

October 2011, Champaign IL

Pie-making for our annual Apple Festival, hosted by WELCA. 

Easter Egg Hunt

April 2012, Champaign IL

Children celebrate Easter together during our breakfast & egg hunt.

El Salvador Mission Trip

2011, El Salvador

Good Shepherd members work in El Salvador to rebuild a church.

Christmas

December 2011, Champaign IL

Our young ones sharing the joy of Christmas during worship.

Trunk or Treat

October 2011, Champaign IL

After trunk or treating, our costumed kids play games in the fellowship hall.