Spiritual Support Resources

Dear Friends,

Last year it seemed strange to be worshiping online. This year, it has become familiar if not exactly comfortable. Of course, it would be wonderful to hold worship in person, and we are getting close to this as more people get vaccinated, but are not quite there yet. I look forward to the simple joy of being together again, as I know you do as well. We will celebrate when this happens, for sure!

           

Holy Week begins this Sunday, March 28th with the celebration of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  The scriptures then follow Jesus through the final week of his life and ministry. We offer readings and reflections for Holy Week as well as a listing of the worship opportunities available to you.

           

We are grateful for your ongoing support you offer with your prayers and your offerings. Thank you for helping us be a part of the support network in Rutland during these challenging times. Please call us if we can be of help to you.

 

Christ’s Peace Be With You,

Pastor Shirley

 

Holy Week Worship

 

3/28 Palm Sunday

            Rutland UMC – Worship 9:30 on Zoom & Facebook Live

            Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Drive in Communion 9:30am

            Church of the Wildwood – Worship 11:00 on Zoom

 

4/1 Maundy Thursday

             RUMC & Wildwood – Interactive Worship 8pm on Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86426984663?                                                        pwd=RGlWaHoyb0hrOWcwN3g2bTB5cWw5UT09

             By Phone: 1 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 864 2698 4663 Passcode: 3j0hbS

            GSLC - Drive in Communion 7pm (also conclusion of Hungry Feast Food Drive)

 

4/2 Good Friday - Video Worship Moments premier on GSLC & RUMC Youtube

            9am – The Trial of Jesus – Youtube link: https://youtu.be/U4IBno1kN2s

            12noon – Jesus’ Crucifixion – Youtube link: https://youtu.be/b6LE0Len_9w

            3pm – The Death of Jesus – Youtube link: https://youtu.be/D4a2gLjveEg

            6pm – Worship Service combining all three Good Friday Moments – Youtube link:

                            https://youtu.be/-QB7OCItZa4

4/3 Easter Vigil

            Worship video premieres at 7:00pm on Good Shepherd’s Youtube channel

 

4/4- Easter Morning

            RUMC – Worship 9:30am via Zoom & Facebook Live

            GSLC – Drive in Communion Service 9:30am

            Wildwood – Worship on Zoom 11am

 

Readings & Reflections  - The following are some suggested readings and questions for reflection for each day of this central week in the Christian faith.

 

Sunday Palm Liturgy – Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey, received by great, cheering crowds. 

~What do you enjoy about parades?  Have you ever felt really welcomed when you returned home or visited someone?

 

Sunday Passion Liturgy – Matthew 26:14-25 Judas makes a deal to betray Jesus.

~Have there been times in your life when you have betrayed someone, perhaps even yourself?  How do you find healing from that pain?

 

Monday – John 12:1-11 Jesus eats dinner at Lazarus’s home. Mary anoints Jesus’ feet.

~Jesus defends Mary’s actions, even though others felt like she wasted her ointment and the money it cost.  How do you experience God’s extravagant love for you?  What are some ways you are able to let this love in, despite feeling unworthy?

 

Tuesday – John 12:20-36 Jesus tells a parable about a grain of wheat, referencing his own death bringing about new life and growth of faith.

~Are there any parts of yourself or of your life that have served their purpose and need to be let go of?  Imagine yourself handing this over to God, letting it drop to the earth so that it might be buried.

 

Wednesday – John 13:21-32 Jesus tells his disciples that one of them will betray him.  Judas leaves. ~Have you ever been betrayed by someone?  Have you forgiven them, and if not, are you able to do this now?  (Forgiveness can be within oneself.  You do not need to tell the other person unless that feels like the right thing to do.)

 

Maundy Thursday – John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Jesus washes the disciples’ feet and gives them a new commandment, to love one another.

~What selfless gift has someone given to you?  What gift of yourself have you given to someone else?

 

Good Friday – John 18:1-19:42 Jesus is arrested.  Peter denies him.  Jesus questioned by Caiaphas and Pilate.  Jesus is crucified.

~We have all denied Jesus.  We have all denied our authentic selves.  Sit with this denial for a little while, then when you are ready, pray for Jesus’ forgiveness, and for your own soul’s forgiveness.  Feel the peace of forgiveness settle down on your heart and mind.

 

Saturday Vigil – Matthew 27:57-66 Joseph of Arimathea places Jesus’ body in a tomb.  Soldiers guard the tomb after hearing rumors that Jesus said he would rise from the dead, and fearing his followers might steal his body to pretend that he did.

~This is a day of waiting, of uncertainty, both within Holy Week and in our present day lives.  What helps you get through times like this?  How do you experience God’s presence even in these waiting times?

 

Easter Sunday – John 20:1-18 Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb early in the morning, only to find it is empty.  Peter and John go back with her to see the empty tomb.  Mary encounters the risen Christ and doesn’t recognize him. ~What are some surprising ways in which God has shown up in your life?  What aspects of your life feel reborn?