We’re hosting the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) beginning February 16. Here is the online sign up. Hopefully you can join us in serving our neighbors in this special way.
December 20 – Bruce Lothrop
Christmas in a Barn
2368 Cedar Creek Grade
All are welcome!!! Come and bring friends!!!
The second chapter of the Triduum is Good Friday.
This is the traditional day on which Christians celebrate, yes celebrate, the triumph of the cross through Christ’s crucifixion, death, and burial.
The earliest annual commemoration of the crucifixion was in the second century, when Christ’s death and resurrection were commemorated together in a unified festival known as Pascha.
In the fourth century in Jerusalem, the two events began to be observed separately. On Friday morning, the Christians venerated the cross: then from noon until 3:00 p.m., there were Old Testament readings, Passion narratives, and psalms. By the middle of the seventh century in Rome, it became customary to read the Passion narrative from John’s Gospel each Good Friday.
What great lengths our God is willing to go to, to make God’s love known to us. This is the reality of the cross. Jesus experiences ridicule, pain, and death. And it is unjust and wrong. Still, it is how God chooses to show us the power of sacrificial love. To offer us a new wisdom for life. To save us from our sin.
It happened this way because God chose to have it happen this way. It is God’s insistence on being God-enough to experience all that we do. To know our pain fully. To know how death tastes. All because God wants nothing to separate us from His love for us in Christ.
So, it had to happen this way. For us. For God.
Thursday of Holy Week is the first day of a most ancient three day Christian observance known as the Triduum (TRIH-doo-um). These three days, the earliest observance of Christian faith, focus intensely on Christ’s passage from death to life; from Maundy Thursday evening through Easter evening.
The Triduum has been observed liturgically since the 4th century. Originally it consisted of Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday; later it included Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Currently, the Triduum begins with the evening Holy Communion liturgy on MaundyThursday and concludes with the prayer service on Easter evening. The Triduum is a single unified observance of Christ’s passion and resurrection. The Triduum is the culmination and climax of the entire church year; its liturgies are central to the Christian faith and life, for they celebrate the most important event in salvation history: Christ’s redemptive passage from crucifixion to burial and resurrection.
Today is Maundy Thursday (named for the Latin word mandatum which means “command”).
On this day the liturgy commemorates the institution of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion), the rite of foot-washing (as a sign of service), and the betrayal of Jesus..
Virtually all Christian churches celebrate the practice of Holy Communion (Mass, Eucharist, or Lord’s Supper) in some form. Matthew, Mark and Luke each record the original Passover meal when Jesus instituted the practice.
Today at noon, and tonight at 7:00pm, we will participate in the rite of footwashing as well as celebrate the institution of Holy Communion during our Maundy Thursday worship services. We will gather to serve each other and to share our family meal of thanksgiving.
Join us! It won’t be the same without you here!