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Lenten Worship and Luncheons

East Greenbush Ecumenical Community
2015 Wednesday Lenten Worship and Luncheons

Week Speaker Lunch Provided By
2/25/15 Fr. Joe O’Brien, Pastor
Church of the Holy Spirit
Church of St. Mary’s
3/4/15 Fr. David LeFort, Pastor
Church of St. Mary’s
First United Methodist Church
3/11/15 Rev. Barbara Toll, Pastor
UCC Community Church
Church of the Holy Spirit
3/18/15 Rev. Sundar Samuel, Pastor
First United Methodist Church
Greenbush Reformed Church
3/25/15 Rev. David Jones, Pastor
Greenbush Reformed Church
UCC Community Church

Lenten Studies

The Path To The Cross
By Ray Vander Laan

Join renowned teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan, as he guides you through the land of the Bible. In each lesson, Vander Laan illuminates the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the Sacred Scriptures. Filmed on location in the Middle East, the Five Faith Lessons (DVD series) will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.

The group will meet on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. starting February 24 and finishing March 24, 2015.

Discovery Guide books are available for $9.99—Call the church office to place your order.

DAY OF DECISION

It was not Jesus who was on trial before Pilate; it was the Roman Empire, it was human justice, on trial before Jesus. Pilate was judged for ever there and then by Jesus; and so were the priests, and the people who shouted for Barabbas, some because they wanted him, and some because they did not like to say anything else; and so were all the men and women whose lives were shaped and determined, as they looked at Jesus on the Cross that day. That principle always holds. We label ourselves, and, what is more, we give a turn to our development for good or ill. Pilate and Caiaphas and the rest had been, like all men and women developing character in the ordinary way-by choices, inclinations, and fancies, by tacit acceptances of principles of life. This day suddenly and forever declared what type of men and women they had chosen to be, or had become by that negligence, which after all is a choice too. And, as already suggested, the day confirmed their choices and fixed their characters; they accepted themselves more definitely as they stood.

T. R. Glover writes “The attitude of every person that day was partly the outcome of their former life and so revealed it; but it was also a new self-determination brought about by the contact of the character they had developed with something wholly new, a new situation, a new type, and so it became decisive e for the future. The day was as decisive for the other onlookers, for those who wept, for those looked away and would not see, for Simon the Cyrenian whom (and his children after him) it brought into the circle of Jesus’ followers. And the day was decisive for mankind; if it was to be a choice between Pilate and Jesus, then God’s universe must fit and match one of them, and that one could hardly be Pilate. Pilate’s universe will not do.”

Next Week - WHY AND HOW THEY SUFFERED