We will have a simple Good Friday service at 7 PM. By “simple” is meant that this order of worship is never as full as the Maundy Thursday service. Its emptiness, by contrast, can almost seem anti-climactic. Still, the starkness of Good Friday following the wealth of symbols and songs on Maundy Thursday is deeply moving in its own way.
The Sunrise Service will be at 6:30 AM. Mark’s sermon for the early service is “The Power of the Resurrection.” It imagines that some of us might not be in an “Easter spirit” and it offers the Apostle Paul as a kindred spirit. Text: “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection” (Phil 3:10).
An Easter Breakfast will begin following the Sunrise Service. There will be quiche, oven French toast, fresh fruit, baked goods, coffee and juice. Donations of fruit or baked goods will be gladly accepted! Please have them in the church kitchen prior to the Sunrise Service. The Fellowship Committee is sponsoring this event.
The second Easter Worship Service will be at 10:15. Our music department will be in full force with the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and the Barry Robinson Chorus. A trumpeter will be on hand as well to help herald the good news of the day. Mark’s message for the second service is “The New Birth at Easter.” Text: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you . . .” (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Our thought will be that Easter does not just bring us something to believe; it gives us a new life to live.
Thanks to all who made our Maundy Thursday Service meaningful and deep: Leo Van Asten for composing the cantata selections sung during the Tenebrae Service; Emily Worzalla, Dawn Lingard, and all the members of the Chancel Choir for the hours that went into learning Leo’s pieces; the late Frank Braudt, whose memorial helped underwrite the special music; and to the Tenebrae Readers: John Cashman, Joan Gering, Krista Nechvatal, Becky Schmidt, Judy Skupien, Dick Steele, Beth Yurs, Dale Yurs, and Dana Zurbuchen. And let’s not forget, too some folks behind the scenes: Gladys Behnke and Laura Kolden for setting up the chancel area; and Karen Steele and Becky Hagenston for readying Communion.
Palm Sunday morning was a splendid time around here, and we are full of thanks for that. Dawn Starr and her 11-month-old donkey Abel led the way on our annual Donkey Walk. The Board of Christian Education and the Membership Growth and Development Committee tag-teamed on the “Resurrection Egg” project, which was very successful.
The Fellowship Committee will host a bridal shower for Maggie Fitzwilliams on Sunday, April 27, at 2 PM. Maggie and Derek Groshan will be married here at Salem on May 10. The couple is registered at Bed Bath and Beyond, J C Penney, and Target. Come join in the fun and fellowship and in wishing Maggie and Derek a long and happy marriage.
Salem will be the site for an Ecclesiastical Council for Clare Gromoll of First Congregational Church (Madison). The Division on Church and Ministry of the Southwest Wisconsin Association is moving to holding Ecclesiastical Councils away from the candidate’s home church. First Congregational will do all the hosting; we are simply providing the space. Clare recently graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and is a candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ. The Ecclesiastical Council will vote on whether she should be approved for ordination. Please come to be part of this important work of the church. The Council will be Saturday, April 26, at 1 PM.