March 17, 2016
A Message from Pastor Sandy Hull
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I want to express my deep gratitude to the Session and congregation for your gift of a sabbatical. Those ten weeks were a blessed source of refreshment and renewal—an opportunity to be more than do. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers, and for making it possible for me to have this time away.
I began with a four-day personal retreat on Cape Cod that set a tone of being still, drawing near to God, and reveling in God’s creation. Starting in mid-January (just before the blizzard!), I spent almost a month on the rural, non-touristy east coast of Barbados, reading, relaxing, praying, and enjoying the culture, history, and warm weather. Belinda was with me for much of this time. The final travel component of my sabbatical was a weeklong personal pilgrimage to Alabama and Mississippi to visit some of the sites from the Civil Rights Movement. In the spaces between and after these journeys, I was at home doing some reading and study. I was also able to spend considerable time with my mother, who was facing a severe medical crisis.
I am very grateful for Wonjae’s leadership in my absence. I did not waste a moment worrying about how things were going at the church. Thanks also to the staff, lay leadership, and volunteers. You accomplished a great deal while I was gone!
It is good to be back among you as we move into Holy Week. I look forward to our life and ministry together in the months and years to come.
Holy Week at Grace
Weekday Morning Prayer (Monday - Friday, March 21 - 25)
7:00 - 7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
This brief, contemplative worship experience begins each day of Holy Week.
Maundy Thursday (March 24)
7:30 pm Worship in the Sanctuary
This service, on the night of the last Supper; includes two anthems by the choir, meditation by Pastor Sandy Hull, and communion. (Childcare will be available.)
Good Friday (March 25)
12:00 pm Community Worship Service at Church of Our Saviour (corner of Old York and Homestead Roads, Jenkintown)
7:30 pm Good Friday Worship at Grace in the Sanctuary
This service will include a dramatic reading of the Good Friday story from John’s gospel, as well as Dennis Butler singing, “Were You There?” Pastor Sandy Hull will be preaching (Childcare will be available.)
Easter Sunday (March 27)
8:30 am Worship with choir, organ & brass in the Sanctuary. Pastor Sandy Hull’s sermon is entitled, “No Fear.”
10:30 am Worship with choir, organ & brass in the Sanctuary. Pastor Sandy Hull’s sermon is entitled, “No Fear.”
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing offering supports the poor in our own country and around the world through promoting self-development, assisting in disaster relief and working to end hunger.
For nearly 18 months, life ground to a halt in Liberia. The Ebola virus not only ravaged the people, it robbed them of their ability to provide for their families. The deadly disease took away more than people’s health: businesses and schools closed, flights in and out of the country were suspended, and for those inside the country, there was a sense of abandonment from the international community. The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing, (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People) have been working together to help both Liberia and Sierra Leone rebuild and rehabilitate.
As each of you has received gifts, use them to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s gracious grace.
1 Peter 4:10
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be received through next week, Easter Sunday.
You may use the envelopes in your offering envelope box, or the special envelopes you will find in the pews, or simple write OGHS on your check in the memo line.
This Sunday we conclude the Adult Ed series on forgiveness with a TED talk by Karen Armstrong. Karen is known as a religious scholar and is deeply compassionate. We’ll watch and be discussing her video in which she asks all of us 'to help build a charter for compassion - to restore the golden rule as the central religious doctrine.’ Adult Ed will begin @ 930 in the Palmer Room.