But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”
—Matthew 28:5-7

Dear Friends,

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the wonderful responses I’ve had to our Maundy Thursday service. Adam and I both enjoyed pulling the service together for you, and despite the online format, we had a very positive “presence” by many of our members and friends. So, thank you all. If you would like to see a video of the service, it is available through our website. Under the News and Events drop down menu at the top of the page, there is a link to Videos.

Second, beginning Monday morning at 9:30 a.m., I’ll be offering another regular online event called Weekday Watch. At least for the duration of our stay-at-home time, I’ll be live streaming a short service based on a book called “A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God,” by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, John S. Mogabgab. Each day’s service will stand alone, so you’ll be free to drop in and out as you need to.

We now have a “bulletin” for the service posted on our website, which will help you follow along. You can find it by scrolling down the left column under “Upcoming Events,” to the light blue button that reads “Weekday Watch Prayers: Click here…” To take full advantage of the service, notice the two “Read Ahead” scripture readings for whatever day we’re on. One bulletin will serve for the whole week. However, for those who become regulars, I very much encourage you to get a copy of the book for your own use. It is readily available at Amazon and other booksellers.

My plan is to live stream the service Monday through Thursday, and then encourage you all to continue on your own for Friday, and the weekend if you have a book and if you choose to use it. I think you’ll find it a meaningful time of centering with others of our community.

Third, Happy Easter! Though we are not meeting together in our beautiful sanctuary this year, Pam Leblanc and Terri Pattee have beautifully decorated our chapel alter, as you can see from the photo9 above. My Pam and I will be live streaming tomorrow following Adam and Lauren’s Easter Hymn Sing, which begins at 10 a.m. on our church’s Facebook Page, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/FCCManchester. I hope you will plan to join us.

Yours in Grace,
Rev. Kevin

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