I invite you to celebrate the mystery and miracle of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ with First Presbyterian Church, Shakopee. We worship a God who welcomes everyone, and look forward to you joining us for these services, as well as our regular Sunday service at 10:00 A.M.
Palm Sunday is Sunday, April 14th. The worship service will begin with the procession of palms and shouts of “Hosanna!” But instead of staying in that moment, we will also journey through the Passion Story, through the plot to kill Jesus, to the institution of the Lord’s Supper, then through denial, prayers, arrest, Jesus on trial and sentenced to death, ultimately to His crucifixion. I invite you to prepare for worship on Palm Sunday by reading Luke 19:28-40, and chapters 22 & 23 of Luke’s Gospel. We will not be able to do it all, but enough so that the pain, sorrow and drama of the week will be clearly before us. Any children who arrive early (by 9:45, in Fellowship Hall) will be invited to be part of the Procession of Palms. Worship begins at 10:00 A.M; childcare will be available.
April 18 is our Maundy Thursday Service, when we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and then end with a poignant turn to Good Friday, as we sing “Where You There? Presbyterians have “an open communion table”, so anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is welcome to receive communion. Service begins at 6:30 P.M.
Easter is April 21st. “Christ is Risen!!” will be our cry, as we gather to celebrate the miracle of our faith. More important than any other day – even Christmas – is this Day of Resurrection. Christ came to save us from our sins and to bring us into eternal relationship with God. His death on the cross was Jesus’ ultimate choice and act of love for each one of us. But beyond that, it is our belief that Christ conquered death and rose from the dead; that is the ultimate Truth of the Christian faith. Worship begins at 10:00 A.M; childcare will be available. Also, on Easter morning is a continental breakfast at 9:00 A.M. to which all are invited.
May this month of Lenten penitence, transforming into Easter Resurrection, fill you with an awareness of God’s abundant love for you and God’s hope that you will share that love abundantly!
And I hope to welcome you to First Presbyterian in the near future!
The Reverend Dr. Barbara Anne Keely, Pastor