Holy Week – March 28 – April 4

Maundy Thursday, the celebration of the Last Supper Jesus had with his disciples, and the night of Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Please join us for on-line, Facebook worship at 7:00 p.m.  Hopefully, most of you have received pre-packaged communion cups from your Elders, so join us in celebration.

 Next Sunday is EASTER SUNDAY!  Our on-line, Facebook worship is at 10:30 a.m., so I hope you can find time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb.

 April 11th, PACC will re-open for limited, in-person worship.  Call the office, starting on April 5th to seek a reservation to attend, if you want to.  Those of you uncomfortable with returning, yet, please continue to join us on-line.

 Excuses…here are some gleaned from an insurance company’s internal memo listing reasons filed for accidents requiring claims.  I don’t know if they are true, but they made me laugh.

–      “The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intentions.”

–      “I thought my window was down but found it was up when I put my hand through it.”

–      “A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.”

–      “The guy was all over the place!  I had to swerve several times before I hit him.”

–      “I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over the embankment.”

–      “The accident occurred when I was attempting to bring my car out of a skid by steering it into the other vehicle.

–      “I was driving my car out of the driveway in the usual manner, when it was struck by the other car in the same place it had been struck several times before.”

–      “Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have.”

–      “The indirect cause of this accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.”

 Excuses, just don’t work.  We keep trying them, to rationalize away our choices, but still, they are only excuses.  Instead, we ought to live without the need for excuses.  So, how shall we respond to this scripture – without excuses? 

          “After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.  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…’”

                                               Matthew 28: 1 – 6

 How shall we respond?

 Take care and have a joyous Easter!  Tim Johnson, interim minister, PACC

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