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March 26, 2010

“Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Jesus’ entry into the city of Jerusalem then begin the final steps to the cross.  Pastor will be speaking from Luke 19:28-40.

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Holy Week schedule of services:

Maundy Thursday - 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at Absecon

Good Friday - Noon at St Mark & All Saints Episcopal Church

Easter Sunrise - 7:00 a.m. at Heritage Park Gazebo

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The deadline for ordering Easter flowers to decorate our sanctuary is this Sunday.  Please use the insert in your bulletin or download the form from our website.

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The April Good News was mailed yesterday.  To read it online visit our website using the above link and click on “The Good News”.

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The church office will close at noon on Good Friday.  Please note that all announcements and bulletin information must be in the office by noon Wednesday.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Eddie Haldeman

Bret Castle

Edna Brown

Mario Suarez

Kelly Barger (friend of Kay McMillan) – mersa infection

Our spiritual journey during this Holy Week

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No Day like This One – Palm Sunday

William Stringfellow, a distinguished lawyer who became a very distinguished theologian and who died much too soon, was a strong critic of the church. He was particularly feisty about Palm Sunday. He used to say that Christians go to church on Palm Sunday because they love a parade. I used to resent Stringfellow’s saying that. But I now conclude that he was partially right. I love Palm Sunday.

There is no day quite like this one, is there? If there is a better moment in the life of this church than the children’s processional on Palm Sunday, I can’t think what it might be. They come down the aisle in numbers that astonish us. They fill the chancel and the sanctuary. They disturb the normal sedate dignity of worship. Presbyterians like their religion “decently and in order.” And there is nothing very orderly about several hundred children waving palm branches. (Although, truth be told, it is no small accomplishment of logistics to get them all here and lined up and in and out in a manner that lets us get on with the business of the day.) I confess, however, particularly when I have the unique blessing of meeting my own grandchildren in the parade that I sometimes feel that maybe they are the business of the day, they and the spontaneous joy of him coming into the city.
In any event, there is no day quite like it in the life of this congregation. And there is no day quite like it in the church year. Someone noted recently that Palm Sunday has all the elements of a classic drama: great characters—frightened disciples stumbling along behind him, cheering crowds, conspiring politicians—and behind it all the clash of huge civilizations and religions and worldviews. And in the center—in fact towering over it all—the figure of one man, a young man, riding on a donkey, on his way to his own death.

John M. Buchanan, No Day like This One

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This Week in Our Church . . .


              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship & A2J

              7:00 “Walk as Jesus Walked” Study


              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth



Thursday         Maundy Thursday

              7:00 Holy Communion at Absecon Methodist

Friday              Good Friday (office closes at noon)

            12:00 Worship at St. Mark’s and All Saints


              8:30 Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship

Sunday            Easter

              7:00 Easter Sunrise Service at Heritage Park Gazebo

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - I Corinthians 13:7
The Presbyterian Church at Absecon
208 New Jersey Avenue
Absecon, New Jersey 08201