On Maundy Thursday, we gather as the disciples did, with Jesus, in a room set apart for worship and feasting. We listen to Jesus, as they did, and hear His New Commandment that we love one another. We share the bread and cup, which He first gave to them, saying these were His body and blood, given for them and for us and for the world. We invite you to share in our time of worship, as we see and hear the disciples and as we listen to Christ’s words of life, and we find them gathered together as depicted in the famous mural by Leonardo da Vinci. Worship this coming Thursday evening is at 7 p.m. here at Wekiva Presbyterian Church. Please join us!
On Maundy Thursday, we gather as the disciples did, with Jesus, in a room set apart for worship and feasting. We listen to Jesus, as they did, and hear His New Commandment that we love one another.
We share the bread and cup, which He first gave to them, saying these were His body and blood, given for them and for us and for the world. We invite you to share in our time of worship, as we see and hear the disciples and as we listen to Christ’s words of life, and we find them gathered together as depicted in the famous mural by Leonardo da Vinci.
Worship this coming Thursday evening is at 7 p.m. here at Wekiva Presbyterian Church. Please join us!
When it comes to Palm Sunday, did you know that palm branches are mentioned only in John’s Gospel?
If you read Matthew, Mark and Luke’s account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, you will not find any mention of palms.
Why did John tell us that the people waved palm branches? What do the palms symbolize?
Palms were a symbol of triumph and victory in Biblical times. The Romans used palms as a reward for those who triumphed in athletic competitions and military victories. In our Christian faith, the palms represent the triumph of God’s purposes and victory of believers over the soul’s enemies. Palms also indicated the joy of the people. From ancient times people who were celebrating, people who were joyful, would carry palm branches in their hands.
The crowd of people who greeted the Lord with palm branches as He rode into Jerusalem followed this ancient custom in expressing the happiness that was in their hearts, because the long-expected Messiah had come at last.
Easter... It is a lot like life. Just when you thought you had it figured out, it moves.
I have heard a lot of people say, during the past month or so, "Easter is EARLY this year!"
It made me wonder how early can Easter be. So I went looking and this is what I learned.
The earliest possible date for Easter is March 22. The last time Easter was on March 22, the year was 1818. And the next time it will be on March 22 is 2285. So don't hold your breath. How LATE can Easter be? That too is impressive.
The latest possible date for it is April 25. The last time Easter was on April 25 was 1943 (way before MY time!). And the next time it will be on April 25 is in 2038. If we all live very healthy, we may just make it!
1 Kings 8:15-21. Praises belong to God on ordinary and extraordinary days. Has God done something marvelous in your eyes? Give God the praise! Has God given you another new day? Give God the praise! This is a Wekivaword.
Psalm 85:9-10 – We are advised to set aside our fears, because God’s salvation is at hand. Not somewhere far away, not some distant day. But here and now. Let God’s steadfast love and faithfulness be the central reality of how you live today. This is a Wekivaword.
Luke 6:46-49: There is a lot that is practical about Jesus. It has to do with receiving Him, and then (this is the practical part), doing what He tells us. In the case of this parable, it means: dig deep and put your foundation on solid rock, in order to keep from being shaken. That is what Jesus will do for you, today. This is a Wekivaword.
Macalester Plymouth United Church of St. Paul, Minnesota, is pleased to announce the winner of its 17th annual hymn contest, a search for new hymn texts that address the scriptural call to speak out loudly and clearly against injustice, and to unite with others working for change. The winning hymn, Now Is the Time to Speak, was written by the Rev. Dr. John A. Dalles, the pastor of Wekiva Presbyterian Church in Longwood, Florida. He is a graduate of both Lancaster Theological Seminary (UCC) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PCUSA). A life member of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, his hymn texts have been published in a number of denominational hymnals.
We receive the One Great Hour of Sharing during Lent. The offering goes to help mission outreach of our Presbyterian Church (USA). It is good to remember that some of the funds go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, so that when storms like Sandy ravage the USA, Presbyterian Disaster Relief workers can be on the spot immediately with tangible help from our giving. We also benefit the Self Development of People program of the PC(USA) by One Great Hour of Sharing Giving. For one example of how your OGHS offering makes a difference LOCALLY, see this story of how the Self-Development of People committee has awarded grants arising from that special offering to ten projects nationwide, including local recipient the Brevard Drop-in Center, a place where folks with mental health challenges help each other gain employment skills in a peer-to-peer setting: http://bit.ly/15TiVj4
We are reminded of the Presbyterian Women down the years who have taught, preached, prayed, led, opened mission fields, begun colleges and schools, and more. One particularly meaningful Presbyterian Church (USA) connection is Mary McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955), an educator from South Carolina who attended the Trinity Mission School run by the Presbyterian Board of Mission for Freedmen, and Scotia Seminary (now Barber-Scotia College).
Bethune opened the Literary and Industrial training School for Negro Girls in Daytona in 1905. The school merged with the Cookman Institute for Men in 1923, and is now the acclaimed Bethune-Cookman School.
We are thankful for Mary McLeod Bethune and all Presbyterian Women who have made a positive witness for Christ in our world.