March 31st, 2023 | Rev. Dr. Mark Charles
How can it be that we are already at the end of the Lenten season? Where did that time go?
This weekend takes us into the last week of Lent, Holy Week. Traditionally this is a special time in the life of a local church family. In the coming will have more opportunities to connect, worship, serve, and pray together than normal. It is my hope that you will take the opportunity to be part of what’s happening at Memorial.
On Saturday morning (4/1) we are excited to have our Community Easter Celebration. Along with our friends from 1dst Presbyterian, we will be welcoming large numbers of people to 6th Street, sharing family-fun and fellowship with them. It is going to be a great time of service and giving in the heart of our community.
On Sunday morning (4/2) we will mark Palm Sunday in a couple of exciting ways. At the 8:00am and 11:00am services in our Sanctuary, Dr. Joan, our Chancel Choir, along with some guest musicians will lead our worship by performing an Easter Cantata. They have been working hard and practicing lots to be ready for this. I know that their musical offering will be a blessing to all who get to enjoy it. (FYI: the 11:00am service will be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel for those who are unable to join us in person. Visit YouTube.com/@MemorialFernandina)
Also on Sunday morning, between services we will gather on Centre Street at 10:30am for our community Palm Sunday processional. This is another opportunity for us to join with brothers and sisters in Christ from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church, and to lead a public act of worship in the heart of our community.
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services take place next week at 6:00pm in our Sanctuary. They will provide a space for us to remember and reflect upon Christ’s final steps to the cross.
Between those two services, members of our church family will be participating in a 24-Hour Prayer Vigil via Zoom. Prayer is a major focus of our lives here at Memorial and we believe in the power of a dedicated prayer life. If you would like to participate, visit mumconline.com/vigil to sign up for a time.
It’s a great time to be part of what God is doing at Memorial United Methodist Church friends, and in this most special of times in the Christian calendar, I hope you will plan to join in on what we have planned.