Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tucker Talk

Lent is a journey that we take with Jesus and his disciples as they head towards Jerusalem and a cross. We remember the words Jesus spoke to his closest friends, that if they are to be his disciples they must "take up a cross and follow him." I have always loved the story told about the famous Passion Play at Oberammergau in Germany. One day a man and his wife, tourists, had gone backstage to meet the famous Mr. Anton Lang, the man who played the part of Jesus Christ. The man took a picture of Mr. Lang with his camera and as he did he noticed the great cross Mr. Lang had carried in the play. He handed his camera to his wife and said, "Here, dear, when I life the cross to my shoulder, you snap my picture. Before Mr. Lang could say anything, the tourist had stooped down to lift the cross to his shoulder, but he couldn't budge it one inch off the floor. The cross was made of very heavy iron oak beams. The man turned to Anton Lang and said, "Why, I thought it would be light. I thought the cross was hollow. Why do you carry a cross that is so terribly heavy." Mr. Lang replied softly, "Sir, if I didn't feel the weight of his cross, I could not play his part." Life is full of crosses we are all called to bear and they can be terribly heavy. We can carry them with faith in the Christ who gives us the strength to face whatever life gives us. Jesus said, "In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." We invite all of you to join us in the special services of Holy Week at Sheepscott Community Church. Thursday evening, April 21, we will share in a service of Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m. as we remember Jesus Last Supper with his disciples. Good Friday we will share in an ecumenical service at 6:00p.m. at the Damariscotta Baptist Church. Easter morning we will join in a Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. at the Hill Church, followed by Breakfast at the Valley Church at 8:00 a.m. and an Easter Egg Hunt at 9:45. We hope many will join us for our Easter Worship at 10:00 a.m. at the Valley Church. See you in church, Pastor Hal

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