Note: A reminder for our viewers that the Anchorage Moravian Church continues to conduct its Passion Week readings every night, April 6-10, 2020, at “United Ministry Group & Friends” Facebook site live. After the Live Stream broadcast, the video can be located at “William Nicholson” Facebook site.
It’s been going well! The Bible says, So then, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing from the Word of God.” Romans 10:17 Faith in God means believing in and trusting in the greatest hope—that God became man, lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death for your sins, and rose again to glory so that you could have eternal life by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
REFLECTIONS ON THE YEAR 2020 EASTER SEASON
The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Lent comes from the old Anglo-Saxon word “Alengten”, signifying the lengthening of the time of light in each day. May this Lenten and Easter 2020 season with the fear of the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic be a time when more of our people come in humility and repentance to God and allow Christ’s light to enter our hearts and minds and touches our conduct and desire for a better relationship with our Lord and enhanced service for Christ.
By our Savior’s tremendous sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary we are assured of forgiveness through our repentance and faith. As we come to Him, we make grateful use of the means of grace, through the Holy Scriptures as read during Passion week, the experiences of the Passover Seder on Wednesday and of the sacrament of Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday. Truly each one of us enjoy the fellowship of the “Beloved Community”, His Church, and together, in our homes (where-ever we are) we make renewed commitment for devoted service to God and His work, as we continue to grow in deeper discipleship.
The journey into this year’s Lenten season should be a meaningful one as we recognize God is still in control and offers us Psalm 91 security and protection. Over a decade ago, my mother died on Good Friday. On Palm Sunday 2007, one of my childhood friends died. In 2008 Holy Week, my closest cousin – Moses Nanalook entered heaven. Another year, one of my veteran acquaintances died on Good Friday.
The older we become, it seems Holy Week takes on greater significance, certainly, as a time of suffering and death for our Savior, but thank God for the blessed hope of the resurrection, and our personal belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
This week as we remain in prayerful repose and as we livestream our Passion Week Readings nightly at 6 pm, and as we participate in worship and prepare for Holy Communion on Thursday, April 9, 2020, may we deeply appreciate the sacrifice Christ bore through the savage cruelty of His tormentors, His sacrificial death for us, and His rising from the dead. May our celebration of Easter April 12, 2020 be a joyous one!