What a great Lent and Holy Week we are having at Shalimar United Methodist Church! On Palm Sunday, our chancel choir, orchestra, and worship and technical arts team did an amazing job with Two Crowns. A special thanks to Dr. Brad Bradford and his uncanny ability to always prepare the right message and musical for our special season of worship together! There were as many people in the chancel area participating in Two Crowns as I ever remember! We had good attendance in spite of the day’s early stormy weather.
Lent has been most special for those reading through the Gospel of Mark each day! Our forty days of Bible Study Through the Eyes of Mark concludes this week focusing on the Holy Week passages. What a journey this has been since Ash Wednesday over six weeks ago. We will have been in the sanctuary beginning each day for 47 straight days on Easter Sunday! I want to thank Henry Jablonski, Heather Lang, Moe Melanson, Terri Wilkins, Suzy Chapman, Les Morrill, Ed Keller, Heyward McKenzie, David Dale, and Joe Kocanowski for such strong support in preparing each one of the 40 days of Lent. What an experience to begin each day preparing to hear God through His word! The message of the Gospel of Mark is riveting and we have been inspired and transformed by these words.
Our Easter Fest was great last Saturday. Children, booths, rides, and fun were in abundance on our campus. We thank Jennifer Guidoni and her army of volunteers for such a great Saturday for the children! The Sunday prior, we received twelve (that’s a good biblical number) confirmands who were instructed by Rev. David Garvin. We celebrate the impact both Jennifer and David have made on children and students during their first year serving on staff at Shalimar UMC! What a difference they’ve made!
We conclude Lent with Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday worship! Sunday, of course, is Easter. Easter is a once a year day but a daily message for us all year. Seven words from the Gospel of Mark changed the world. “He is not here, He is risen!” The Easter message is one of victory! In Jesus we are victors over sin, evil, death, and eternal life! Friends, there is no greater message! Have a blessed and happy Easter!