This Week

Pastor Jim's Weekly Message

Blessings and Peace to you as we begin our journey through Holy Week. Wednesday is known as Holy Wednesday or Spy Wednesday. It is called Spy Wednesday because this is the day that Judas became a spy for the leaders of the Temple. On this day, he met with them and agreed to betray Jesus to them, to turn him over to them, in exchange for 30 pieces of silver. He told them where Jesus and his followers would be so they could arrest him. Judas arranged a place and time that allowed Jesus to be taken away when no one would notice.  It was a place outside the city, a secluded garden that would be void of any witnesses, The time was important because it would be after midnight when most of the population of the city would be at home, in bed. There would be no one around to protest arrest or to come to the aid of Jesus.

On Thursday, we celebrate the final meal Jesus shared with his disciples - the final time he would be with them, talk with them, teach them, spend some joyful time in fellowship with them.  This time together probably gave Jesus the strength to get through the pain and suffering he had to endure. Before the events took place, Jesus gave his disciples one last command, “Love each other.”

On Friday, we remember the plan that Judas arranged to turn over Jesus to his accusers. We remember how he was betrayed with a kiss of friendship and how Jesus endured his trial, torture, and crucifixion. He would die in the afternoon in the presence of his mother and then be buried quickly before sundown. Saturday was a somber day for his followers. They were in shock. They were in mourning. They had to be confused and in a state of disbelief. They were sad and angry, and their spirits were low. But on Sunday morning, everything changed, and their despair was replaced with joy, and hope, and celebration. 

Join us on Thursday at 6:00 PM for our final Lenten soup and fellowship in Myer’s Hall and then our Service of Holy Communion at 7:00 PM. On Friday, come out for our community Cross Walk as we pray for our community and country. Park at St. Mark’s and meet in front of Boyer’s at 3:00 PM. We will take a gentle walk-through town, stopping to pray at various spots. We will then have our Good Friday Service at 7:00 PM. The mood will be somber for this service as we depart for our homes mourning the death of our Lord and anxiously await his resurrection.  We will remember our sins and nail those sins to the cross for Jesus to take away through his death.

And on Sunday, we will celebrate! We will celebrate Christ’s victory over death and sin and the realization of his promises to us.  Join us for this Service of Joy and Celebration on Easter Morning at 9:00 AM. 

May God be with you this Holy Week! 

Pastor Jim

This Week’s Gospel: Mark 16:1-8

1When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ body]. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

This Week at St. Mark's

Thursday, March 28 - Maundy Thursday - Smoking Cessation Class 2PM, Meal for Safe Berks 2:30PM, Service at 7 PM

Friday, March 29 - Good Friday - Cross Walk 3PM, Girl Scouts 5:30PM, Good Friday Service 7PM

Sunday, March 31 - Easter - Church Service 9AM, Sunday School 10:15AM, Narcotics Anonymous 7PM

Tuesday, April 2 - Church Administrator Meeting 12PM, Food Recovery Pick Up 2PM, Hopewell Love Community Meal 5PM

Wednesday, April 3 - Bible Study 11AM, Mission 1st Meal 2:30PM, Outreach Meeting 6PM, AA & Al-Anon 7PM, Bag Pipers 7PM

Thursday, April 4 - Senior Group 9AM

Saturday, April 6 - Box City for Youth 12PM

Sunday, April 7 - Box City for Youth 12AM, Church Service 9AM, Sunday School 10:15AM, Pack Meeting 4PM, Girl Scout Leaders 7PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7PM