Topinabee Community Church is in the midst of change and renewal! We have remodeled our Education and Nursery rooms as we move forward raising our young ones in the faith. We are reaching out to the un-churched with advertising and direct mail. We are getting ready to re-launch our Summer Services - an alternative time to Worship in the Faith.
In the midst of change, we can be tempted to let little things and non-essential issues grow out of proportion and steal our joy. Let us never take our eyes off of why God placed our church here:
-to deepen our personal relationship with God through Christ
-to help others discover forgiveness and joy in Christ
-to help others in need
Topinabee Community Church is an interdenominational church. We are dedicated to living and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Lent and Holy Week: A Digest of Meanings
The parishioner asked me, “Why do we call it Monday Thursday? That is so confusing!” She wasn’t the first or the second to ask this question. In fact, since the church I was raised in did not observe this day, I misunderstood it for years. This common mispronunciation brought back to mind the need to remind ourselves of what we are observing and why.
Lent. The time of preparation of the Easter season which begins on Ash Wednesday. It is observed for approximately six weeks (40 days) before Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, repentance of sins, doing good, and self-denial. In recent times, there has been an increased observance of not giving up something good as a form of sacrifice, but a renewing of one of the Christian virtues. This is a tradition of the church with no specific scriptural reference. Many churches observe it and many do not.
Ash Wednesday. The first day of Lent. Ashes are placed on believer’s heads on Ash Wednesday, most often by being marked on people’s foreheads as a visible cross. The words (based on Genesis 3:19) used traditionally to accompany this gesture are: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This is a tradition of the church with no specific scriptural reference. Many churches observe this and many do not.
What is “Maundy Thursday”? A common misunderstanding results from the mispronouncing of this day. They call it “Monday” Thursday. The word is Maundy and comes from the Latin word mandatum , which means “commandment.” This is a reverence to Jesus command that we love one another. Some churches call it great or Holy Thursday. It is a remembrance of the Passover meal Jesus celebrated with his disciples the night before his crucifixion.
Good Friday. This is remembered as the day Jesus was crucified, died for the sins of an unbelieving world and was buried. But why is it called “Good”? Some Christian traditions take a different approach. For instance in Germany, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” For those of us speaking English, the origin of the term “Good” comes from an older name, “God’s Friday.” The church retains the name Good Friday because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.
Holy Saturday. This is the Saturday of Holy Week. It is also called the Great Sabbath, Black Saturday, or Easter Eve. It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week as we anticipate for Easter. It honors the day that Jesus Christ’s body lay in the tomb.
Easter Sunrise Service. The first Easter Sunrise Service recorded took place in 1732 in the Moravian congregation in Saxony, Germany. After an all-night prayer vigil, the unmarried men of the community went to the town’s cemetery and sang hymns celebrating the Resurrection. Then “Easter Morning” or “Sunrise Service” spread around the world with the Moravian missionaries. There is no specific scriptural reference to a service at sunrise. However, a tradition arose in the early church to baptize at sunrise on Easter.
Easter or Resurrection Sunday. A service built around the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. It is the proclamation that death no longer is final and sin is conquered. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15.55
Have faith. It all comes right. – Pastor Mike
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