The children have been practicing very diligently (between games and giggles), and are ready for their next particiapation in Worship!
This Sunday, March 20 (Palm Sunday!) the kids will participate twice in worship. FIrst, they will parade around the sanctuary during the first hymn (please speak to Susanne Udvari for more on that), and they will sing with the adult Chancel choir during the Children's message.
Those who have been attending know the song, "Sing Hosanna," very well. However, the adults have not yet practiced with them. Therefore, we are asking all parents to bring their kids to the sanctuary at 9:30 am this Sunday, so the kids can get used to singing with the grown ups. The choir will be waiting for them in the trancept pews near the pulpit. We will begin promptly at 9:30.
Also, mark your calendars for Children's Day at the church, May 8th (Mothers Day!). The kids are learning a beautiful song based on Job 19:25. When we introduced it, several of the children burst into an impromptu ballet interpretation! Very cute!
We thank you so much for your cooperation, for encouraging the children to be active in the life of Sharon Church, and for sharing them with us every Sunday! They are truly a joy!
Mark and Treva
Join our entire church community and have fun with your family too! Bring the kids, grandkids and your neighbors to a fun night of fellowship.
Dinner Details (5 - 6 pm) – Food Pantry Meeting Room!
This picnic style dinner will offer meat and beverage provided by our Mission Committee. Please bring a Salad or a Dessert to share, or both!
Beach Party Activity Details (6 - 6:45 pm)
Adults and children will join together to play some fun games in our YCC Gym! Sneak through the hidden YCC stairwell with your family to play or just watch the fun while the mission team prepares for our group project!
Wear your “cool shades” and crazy beach hat! Prize for the craziest hat!
Mission Project Details (7 - 8 pm)
Our project is to collect for and assemble 100 beach ball bag snack packs for our food pantry youth (under 18). Watch for collection receptacles around the church with suggested items to donate to this event.
Easter Breakfast will be served in Fellowship Hall from 8:00AM to 9:30AM following the Sunrise Worship at 7:05AM. Boys and girls ages 3 to 12 should bring an Easter basket and meet in from of the stage in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 on Easter Sunday for an Easter egg hunt. Bags will be provided if you forget your basket. There will be no adult or children’s Sunday School or children’s music on Easter Sunday.
MAUNDY THURSDAY March 24
Worship with Communion at 7:30pm
GOOD FRIDAY March 25
Tenebrae Service at 7:30 pm
EASTER March 27
SUNRISE SERVICE:7:05 AM
EASTER BREAKFAST: 8:00 AM TO 9:30 AM in Fellowship Hall
EASTER EGG HUNT:For Preschool – School Age kids at 9:30 AM
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP SERVICE:10:00am
"Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day."
There is but a single mention of music in Jesus' life: when he and his friends sang a hymn the night before he died. As a result of the directive of Pope Gregory, the Gregorian chant became an endorsed means of "lifting the soul to God." In a desire to spread music, monks invented modern music notation in the Middle Ages. Martin Luther said he would "like to see all the arts, especially music, used in the service of Him who gave and made them," and the Lutheran chorale became a hallmark of the Reformation. Johann Sebastian Bach (who was heavily influenced by Luther) began each of his works by writing, "JJ" — Jesu, Jusa, "Jesus, help me" on the manuscript. At the end of each piece he would write three letters — S.D.G (Soli Deo Gloria) — meaning "To the glory of God."
Nathan Soderblom wrote:
"The Passion music, which was created within the church and which experienced a new depth, a new richness, and a new intensity in the sixteenth century, constitutes in its way the most important addition that has ever been made to the sources of revelation in the Old and New Testaments. If you ask about a fifth gospel, I do not hesitate to name the interpretation of salvation history as it reached its acme in Johann Sebastian Bach."
Music has become one of the integral aspects of the way in which we most often worship God. It is certainly one of the important ways in which we pray.
As we move toward Holy Week, our singing continues to reflect our emphasis on prayer, especially the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray. Lent is a time when music accentuates the lifting up of our prayers. It is especially effective as we communicate our self-reflection in solemn and meditative melodies, leading us into our experience of the passion story.
We will sing joyous hosannas on Palm Sunday. We will be reminded of the promise that all who come in faith find forgiveness at the cross, as the choir sings the contemporary hymn "Behold the Lamb" on Maundy Thursday. Our choir will extol the wonder of Christ's glorious love as we sing a beautiful setting of "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" on Good Friday. And we will glorify and praise our risen Lord on Easter with a majestic arrangement of the contemporary hymn, "The Power of the Cross."
Glorious love as we sing a beautiful setting of “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” on Good Friday. And we will glorify and praise our risen Lord on Easter with a majestic arrangement of the contemporary hymn, “The Power of the Cross.” As we lift our voices together during Lent and in the coming Easter season, let us truly sing to the Lord, praise his name, and proclaim his salvation with joyful hearts. S.D.G.
Mark and Treva
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