Maundy Thursday is April 17. On this night we remember Jesus’ final meal with his disciples and how, after the meal, he washed his disciples’ feet as he gave them a new commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
According to our gospels, Jesus was arrested later that evening while he was at prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. After that came a long night of trial during which Jesus was interrogated first by Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and then by the Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate. Ultimately he was sentenced to die by crucifixion. He died relatively quickly on the day after his Last Supper - which enabled his followers to place his body in a nearby garden tomb before the Sabbath began at sundown.
Easter Day celebrates experiences his followers began to have after that Sabbath day beginning on the first morning of the new week. First some women and then other disciples discovered the empty tomb. By some accounts, angels were on hand to tell these followers that Jesus was no longer in the tomb because he had risen. Mary Magdalene and other disciples then began to encounter Jesus in person.
Join us for our Easter Day worship at 11 am on April 20. Plan to continue worshipping with us throughout the Easter Season (7 Sundays!) and beyond.
Join us for a service of Holy Communion beginning at 7:30 pm on this night.
your Anointed One, on the night before he suffered,
instituted the sacrament of his body and blood.
Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully
in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord,
who in these holy mysteries
gives us a pledge of eternal life. AMEN
VISIT THE HOLY LAND IN FEBRUARY 2015
Come visit the Holy Land during Lent 2015 with Revs. Mark and Ruth Burgess. Together they’re planning a return trip to Israel for ten days beginning February 24. Included in the tour will be visits to the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Jordan River, Cana, Jericho, Qumran, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and, of course, Jerusalem as well as much, much more. For more information, please contact Rev. Burgess at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-939-5682.
Mark Burgess, pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd since 2008, is an ordained United Methodist pastor with an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He taught for many years at Christopher Newport University as an adjunct professor in the department of philosophy and religious studies.
Ruth Burgess, pastor since 2008 of Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church in Fairfax,Virginia, is also an ordained United Methodist pastor with an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She has done post-graduate study at the University of Virginia in religion and literature and also taken courses at Lynchburg College related to K-6 Teacher Certification .
We have found a treasure trove of old Sunday School teaching pictures and used these to create a 9-window display on the life and ministry of Jesus, with a special focus on Holy Week. Take some time to come in and prepare for Easter by reflecting on what led up to it.
ESL students, join us Thursday evenings, 7:30 pm -9:00 pm beginning April 24, for English Conversation. A small fee ($15) will be charged.