118 W Tracy St.
Arcadia, Iowa 51430
Saturday Night Services on the First Saturday Night of each month @ 6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Bible Study
10:00 a.m. - Church
Pastor: The Rev B
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April Newsletter Online
DOSE OF WISDOM
1When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
April is the month of Holy Week and Easter. Holy Week is the week we remember Jesus life, suffering, passion, death, and ultimately His resurrection! Everything we have been remembering and focusing on for 6 weeks in Lent comes to full explosion during Holy Week and Easter Sunday. The classical name for the Holy Week celebration is the Triduum. Rev. Scott Kinnaman writes on his blog about the Easter Vigil, the culmination of the Triddum. The Great Vigil of Easter, kept on the Eve of the Resurrection of Our Lord, is the culmination of the Holy Triduum. It brings to a festive completion the three-day service that began on Holy Thursday and continued on Good Friday. In itself, the Easter Vigil is a transitional service. In much the same way that Holy Thursday was both the conclusion of Lent and the beginning of the Triduum, so the Easter Vigil both completes the Triduum and ushers in the Fifty Days of Eastertide. So what happens is that from Maundy Thursday to Easter Vigil it is one entire long service. There is an Invocation beginning the Maundy Thursday service and the Benediction is not spoken over the congregation until the end of Easter Vigil service.
We want to celebrate and remember these services have been observed in the church for thousands of years to fully understand the significance of the Easter celebration on Sunday morning. This is why we hold the Triduum from Maundy Thursday to the Easter Vigil. We walk with Christ through the betrayal, the trumped up trial, the crucifixion, the solemn time Christ is in the tomb, and finally the resurrection on Easter Sunday Morning.
We celebrate with Joy in Jesus that death does NOT have the final word! Easter is all about celebrating with Joy in Jesus that Christ has defeated death forever. That is the Joy of Easter, we have an eternal home! It is our anchor when we lose a loved one. It is our rock and fortress when we face death ourselves. We look beyond death and see our eternal home with Jesus forever! That is our hope and joy and sure confidence in Jesus Christ!
So please take the time this year to celebrate the Triddum and enjoy with full joy the celebration Easter Sunday morning.