Trees blossoming on the east side of the church, March 31.2012
I arrived Saturday morning to see the beautiful cherry trees arrayed in a multitude of pink blossoms against a blue sky. These trees are along the eastern border of the church. Last Sunday the Japanese Cherry Tree out front that Emma Wright donated a few years ago to our church was in full blossom, along with its cousins all along the Tidal Basin. The world is beautiful.
Easter is a week away. Tomorrow we begin Holy Week by marking Palm Sunday and then on Thursday is our Maundy Thursday service at 7pm. This is a holy, solemn week in which we ponder not so much the beauty of the world as the harsh truth of the inhumanity of humankind. Please be sure to join us. The services will prepare you for Easter when we baptize three people and celebrate the holiest day in the Christian calendar.
Washington Monument cherry blossoms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Simon Ushakov's icon of the Mystical Supper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Holy Week begins with the processional on Palm Sunday (led by our children’s choir this year, directed by Chris Covell and our Howard Divinity intern, Dion Thomas). On Maundy Thursday is our Service, Stones of Remembrance, that includes communion, prayer, a meditation led by our pastor and the placement of stones on the Lord’s Table as we name aloud those dear to us who have left this mortal world. Then of course, we arrive on Easter to worship. This Easter we will baptize three persons, the choir will sing and we will give thanks to the love of God that has overcome death itself. Join us for worship. If you find the parking lot full, please park on Maine Ave. in front of the church, along the curb. Meters do not run on Sundays, so the parking is free. Let us go now to Calvary…