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Holy week and Easter services

Community United Methodist Church

• April 17, Holy/Maundy Thursday, 6 p.m.

• April 18, Good Friday, 7 p.m.

• April 20 Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, 7 a.m. at football stadium, 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. regular worship service hours.

Celebrate these events at Community United Methodist Church or at the church of your choice.

First Assembly of God Church Easter Services

Easter Sunrise Service will be held Sunday, April 20, 6:30 a.m. at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, 4821A U.S. 84. Bring your chairs.

Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be served.

After the Sunrise Service, you are invited to join us at First Assembly of God Church for our 10:30 Easter Morning Worship and Communion Service.

Sunday School will be held at 9:30 a.m.

First Assembly of God Church is located at 110 Trinity Lane, phone 731-5767.

Centerpoint Church

Please join us for our Good Friday Service beginning at 6:30 p.m., which will include music, scripture, and family style communion. We will reflect on the crucifixion story through videos that tell that story, and time together in God’s word considering the unimaginable sacrifice of Jesus for us. Please join us for this hour of remembering, reflecting and honoring Christ for His great love and sacrifice for us.

Kids, you are invited to Centerpoint Church for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19, at 10 a.m. There will be an egg hunt, bounce house, craft and Easter story for preschool through third grade. Come join us for a fun and exciting time this Saturday morning.

Easter Celebration Service, Easter morning at 10:15 a.m. Come join us as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, His ongoing intercession for us, and His return to gather His Family together for eternity. We will worship, be moved through video clips relating to the resurrection, and spend time together in God’s word, reveling in God’s goodness to us. Please plan to be part of our special Easter service this Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

Reflecting on
Palm Sunday

Even though the Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday, and even though the prominent image is that of the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem, there is so much more that is significant about this special day.

Celebrating the presentation of the King to the nation of Israel was a huge part of Palm Sunday, as the locals and visitors alike lined the road along the Mount of Olives, waving palm branches and laying their coats on the ground. There were thousands of excited Jewish pilgrims gathered together in Jerusalem who hoped that this was truly the promised Messiah — the One who would throw off the Roman rule that oppressed their country and establish the Kingdom of God that would rule the world. The singing, shouting and crying out of the crowd — “save us now” — produced noise that must have rivaled a stadium filled with cheering fans, revealing a hope that strongly beat within the heart of every Jew. This public show of excitement and anticipation was centered in the promised new age that would change the world and usher in the Kingdom — the hope that drove the nation’s patriotic passion.

These beliefs, hopes, and dreams were all true, all founded in God’s written words to Israel; but it was not God’s time, not God’s plan, not God’s method and not God’s agenda for this moment. No, there were much bigger needs to be met, a much bigger plan to be carried out, and a much more important event to be realized.

The first order for this moment in history was to deal — once and for all — with the issue of sin and the eternal death that was tied to it. In order to provide an escape for the whole world, a sacrifice must be offered; in order for salvation to be offered to everyone who had ever lived, and for those not yet born, this sacrifice would have to be perfect.

Palm Sunday was the day in which God would select that Lamb, at precisely the time when all the people of Israel were selecting their lambs for the upcoming Passover Celebration. God chose the Lamb who had been prepared for this sacrifice since before time began, and He presented that Lamb to the nation of Israel on Palm Sunday. The Lamb was selected, and during the rest of the week was tested, and found to be perfect and without blemish. Selected, tested, prepared and presented. All that was left was for the sacrifice to be offered, and that would happen on Friday of that week.

Though Israel did not understand, they were not happy when Jesus told them — throughout His earthly ministry — that He had indeed come for the salvation of Israel, but not solely for the salvation of Israel. His sacrifice was for the entire world, for all mankind.

God is not prejudiced against any people groups, against any nations of various ethnic descent, against any human beings for any reason; God so loved the world — the whole world, and everyone in it. As far back in history as you can go, as far forward in the future that you can imagine, as long as the human race has been in existence until our race’s final day, God has loved — and will continue to love — the human race.

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ in our behalf was the means by which God is able to offer salvation to all who will believe, to those who will confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and believe in their hearts that God raised him from the dead. But His sacrifice only promises deliverance from death and separation from God for those who truly believe.

As we approach another Easter Sunday the question looms before each one of us: Are we believers in Jesus Christ? Is our hope in Him — and in Him alone? Or are we trusting in our good works, our goodness to those we love, our faithfulness to a church or religion or our contribution to society.

Scripture is clear on the only right answer to that question: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Our prayer is that Easter 2014 will find you believing in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross for you.

Grace Church

Grace Church will celebrate Easter week with two services.

Good Friday, April 18, at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 6 p.m. The Good Friday service will be followed by a time of fellowship and a shared chili meal.

Easter Sunday, April 20, at the Ross Aragon Community Center 10 a.m.

For more details, please contact Grace Church at 731-6200 or grace@graceinpagosa.org.

Immaculate Heart of Mary and Pope John Paul II

Holy Thursday, April 17

• Mass — 7 p.m. at JP II.

Good Friday, April 18

• Procession from IHM Church to JP II Church — 2 p.m.

• Stations of the Cross — JP II Prayer Garden — 4 p.m.

• Good Friday Liturgy at JP II — 5 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 19

• Blessing of Easter Food Baskets — 12 p.m. at JP II.

• RCIA Rites — 1 p.m. at JP II.

• Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil — 8:30 p.m. at JP II.

Easter Sunday, April 20

• Easter Mass — 9 a.m. at JP II.

• Easter Mass — 11:15 a.m. at IHM.

Confession — call Father Don  at 507-0622.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

• Maundy Thursday, 6:30 p.m. celebration of foot washing and Holy Eucharist. Followed by the Agape Meal in the parish hall and the all-night prayer vigil at the altar of repose.

• Good Friday, 5:30 p.m. Music in Remembrance offered by “NightSong” — Sally Neel (piano/organ), Jessica Peterson (flute) and Heidi Tanner (violin).

• Good Friday Eucharist and veneration of the cross, 6 p.m.

• Holy Saturday, 8 p.m. Easter Vigil. Congregation is encouraged to bring bells to ring.

• Easter Sunday, 10 a.m. festival celebration.

For more information about St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, visit www.stpatrickspagosa.org or call 731-5801.

Restoration Fellowship 

You are invited to come and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ Sunday, April 20, 9 a.m., at Restoration Fellowship, located at 264 Village Drive (behind City Market).

Witness an extraordinary drama, dance and musical presentation about Jesus and His resurrection.

Be moved by the most significant event in history. Experience the love of a Father and His Son. You are invited to come and celebrate with us.

Coffee lobby opens at 8:30 a.m. Doors will close at 9:30 a.m., when the production begins.

Free admission. Nursery available for ages 3 and under.

Trinity Anglican Church

(Reformed Episcopal Church)

April 18 at 7 p.m. Solemn Good Friday observance of Evening Prayer and penitence with Collects and a sermon by Rev. Joe Fockler.

April 20 at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday morning. All are welcome to our service of Holy Communion with festive music celebrating the risen Christ and a sermon by Rev. Joe Fockler.

Trinity Anglican Church is located at 246 Harman Park Drive. Turn into the driveway at the traffic signal at the top of Put Hill and Piedra Road and follow the drive around the traffic circle to the grey and red church on the left.

For further information, please call Jerry Phillips, senior warden, at 264-2283.

This story was posted on April 17, 2014.