April 29, 2014
Pilgrim designates the first Sunday in May as “reunion Sunday”–a time to gather together after a long, cold winter. For some congregants, regular church attendance is difficult during the winter months. Cold weather, ice underfoot, travel to warmer climates, colds and flu all contribute to winter absences. In recognition of the coming spring, we make this a special Sunday to welcome back those who have been absent on Sunday mornings. We serve brunch following worship in hopes that folks will linger longer for conversation and catching up with each other. For newer members of the congregation, this is a great opportunity to sit down next to our older members and get to know them, introduce children to them, and fill them in on the good things that have happened since last fall. Worship with communion is at 10:00 and brunch is served at 11:15 in Fellowship Hall.
April 4, 2014
Holy Week begins with Passion Sunday, April 13. As in many congregations, worship this Sunday reflects events during the final week of Jesus’ life. The Pilgrim Choir along with Jeremy Craycraft, percussion, Janelle Lemire, harp, and Rachael Kresha, organ, will be presenting Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein. The work was commissioned for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival in Sussex, England while Berstein was on sabbatical from the New York Philharmonic. The text was arranged by Bernstein from the psalms in the original Hebrew. In the Sunday service, the congregation will hear the reading of Jesus’ passion between the musical movements.
Rabbi David Steinberg will lead a teaching Seder at Pilgrim on Thursday, April 17. It is widely believed that when Jesus and his disciples gathered in an upper room in Jerusalem, they were celebrating Passover together. It was after this meal that Jesus was arrested, sent to trial and executed. At Pilgrim, we reach back to our Judeo roots during Holy week. Because this event involves considerable preparation, reservations need to be made through the church office no later than Tuesday, April 15. (call 724-8503 or email Pilgrim firstname.lastname@example.org)
Good Friday evening Pilgrims gather with members of Glen Avon Presbyterian Church and Peace United Church of Christ to hear the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and final words. There are anthems by the three choirs as well as the readings. During the service, the lights are dimmed, signifying the end of Jesus’ life. This year’s service will be begin at 7:00 and will be held at Peace UCC, 1111 11th Avenue, Duluth.
Pilgrim worships at its usual time, 10:00 a.m. on Easter morning. A continental breakfast and social hour begins at 9:00 a.m. A brass quartet will enhance the worship service in which we gather to celebrate the triumph of life over death, love over hate, and victory over evil: in a word, resurrection. Children are encouraged to enjoy the worship service along with adults and Sunday school classes resume the following week.