Edwin M. Temple
Brooke L. Wright
Church Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Lent is drawing to a close and Holy Week is almost upon us. I hope you are making plans to be present for all our worship opportunities from Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Of course, we will be celebrating Holy Communion and remembering the events of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. in our sanctuary. By the way, in case you’ve ever wondered, the name Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin word “Mandatum”, which means to mandate or command. This reminds us of Jesus’ words at the Last Supper from John 13:34, “I give you a new COMMANDMENT, that you love one another.”
Good Friday will be a wonderful time of worship in our sanctuary at 6:00 p.m. Batesville Presbyterian Church and Pope United Methodist Charge will join us as we remember the death of Jesus. Depending upon which source you consult, Good Friday means either “God’s Friday” or “Pious or Holy Friday.” Either way, this is an extremely meaningful day in the church in which we recall the ultimate expression of God’s love in Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross.
I’ve always contended that Easter Sunday morning loses much of its joy, meaning and significance if we fail to observe properly the disciplines of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. After all, unless we have relived the betrayal, suffering and death of Jesus, how can we fully appreciate the joy of His glorious resurrection? In other words, we must plumb the depths before we can truly appreciate the heighth of Resurrection Day! So, please join us for all these services of Holy Week. On Easter Sunday morning, you will be glad you did!
I’ll see you in church Sunday! ~ Ed