Hello dear University Presbyterian folk!
Attached you will find the order of service for our Good Friday worship this evening at 7:30 pm which will be on our church Facebook page live from the sanctuary. The service is a traditional tenebrae service – or service of darkness – in which a series of candles are extinguished as the story of Christ’s crucifixion and the events leading up to it are read. Many find it one of the most meaningful services of the year and we have done our best to keep this cherished experience. The service includes time for meditation, prayer, and ends in silence following the singing of “Where you There When They Crucified My Lord.” I hope you will join us in worship together from your home.
Of course, we will also be gathering via Facebook live on Easter Sunday morning for our worship at 11:00 am. The bulletin and announcements for this service are also attached. Between now and then if you want to participate in our facebook “flowering the cross” photo album, simply take some pictures of flowers in your home or yard, arranged, growing, drawn or painted, or whatever you are inspired to do and send your photos to Jill Clemmons at email@example.com and she will put together our album to be viewed on Easter Sunday morning. Prior to worship look for the link of Anne’s prelude of Variations on “O Filii et Filiae” (O Sons and Daughters of the King). Following the Facebook live service, the UPC Fellowship Committee is hosting a virtual Easter Brunch via Zoom. You are invited to join the festivities by clicking this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/356892217 Put on your most festive Easter bonnet, grab a snack, and join us at noon on Easter Sunday. (you do not need a Zoom account to join the brunch)
As we move into Easter weekend I also want to take a moment to share a few things about the realities of online worship. Some of you have had difficulties with the live Facebook feeds of worship on recent Sundays. Unfortunately some of this cannot be helped due to the vast number of churches and others who are using Facebook and other platforms during this time. Some issues may have to do with bandwidth or your own home service. However here are a couple of tips if you have problems: 1. Refresh your Facebook page. In the upper left hand corner of your computer screen you will see a small symbol that looks like a partial circle made from an arrow pointing clockwise. Click on this and your page will be refreshed (or go away for a second and then come back) 2. Make sure, if there are others at your home, that they are not using other devices that are connected to the internet.
Looking forward to knowing that we are joined together this weekend remembering the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and celebrating the new life that he brings into our own, even, or particularly, in times such as these!
Grace and peace to you all,
A message from the pastor concerning COVID-19 (updated 3-16-20)
July 2020 Newsletter
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