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Easter Sunday – April 12
Good Friday Guided Meditation Podcast
Even as we are moving to Zoom worship in these “Stay at Home Minnesota” days, First UCC staff have chosen a solitary experience for Good Friday. To get to Easter, we must travel through Good Friday, and we invite you to practice a feeling of journey–of moving with–while hearing Jesus’ last seven words from the cross.
Mirroring the loneliness of Jesus on the cross, we invite you is to take Pastor Wendy’s Good Friday guided meditation podcast, and practice it with your body in solitude. You may choose to walk outdoors, or within rooms of your living space, or move your gaze as you sit. We hope this will provide you with time for reflection, time for prayer, time to pay attention, time to breathe, and time to have our souls kneaded by the hand of God in this Holy Week.
Please join us for Maundy Thursday Zoom worship this week at 7:00 p.m., where we will share in Communion from our homes. We invite you to view or print the worship bulletin here. Before worship, we invite you to prepare a slice or a small loaf of any kind of bread. In some parts of the world tortilla, rice cake, cassava are used as this element, which is defined not as a wheat product, but as the most common food of the people. Let it be something you alone, or you with others in your home, may break and share. Prepare a cup or cups of juice or wine, with or without alcohol. Please remember that even a cracker or an English muffin can become a sacrament, and even a cup of water or tea can become a remembrance of God’s love.
Set these elements where you experience worship electronically with our faith community. Perhaps you want to put them on a cloth or fabric that reminds you of a special time or a person deeply connected with you in the communion of saints. Perhaps you will light a candle or place a flower or plant or the photograph of someone you wish to bring into the circle of faith beside the bread and the cup. Thank you for your preparation!