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The Season of Easter

The original name for Resurrection Sunday (Easter) was Pascha, a Hebrew word for Passover. The Old Testament tells us how God passed over the houses of the faithful, delivering them from the plagues sent upon their Egyptian oppressors. The New Testament reveals the perfect Passover, Jesus who delivered the world from sin, suffering, and death.

Resurrection Sunday is the oldest Christian festival. Jesus was raised from the dead on a Sunday. Each Sunday thereafter was celebrated as a little Resurrection Day.  Eventually the day of worship changed from the Sabbath (Saturday) to the Lord’s Day (Sunday). The time to celebrate Resurrection Day was set by the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.  The date changes because the observance coincides with the spring equinox.  Resurrection Sunday always falls on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after the first day of spring except if the full moon is Sunday—then it is celebrated on the following Sunday.  The appropriate color for altar paraments and vestments is white—signifying purity, hope, and celebration.

If you have a family member visiting during this special time or of you know of a friend or relative who is spiritually searching—you may be the one that leads them to Christ.  Please pray for them and invite them to attend church with you on Sunday April 16. Christ the Lord is risen indeed!

Lenten and Holy Week Opportunities

Members and friends of the Cross Keys Church have been involved in a 40-day journey of prayer, reflection and self-sacrifice known as the Lent.  The Lenten season draws to a close with Holy Week, the 6 days after Palm Sunday and before Easter.  Our special Holy week services below are planned to help us remember the significant milestones in the last days of Jesus’ earthly life.  These special times of worship bind us together as a Christian family and serve as a perfect opportunity to invite a friend who is struggling for hope or searching for God.

Palm Sunday: April 9th - 8:45a and 11:15a services

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem after his three-year ministry of preaching, teaching and healing in the regions of Galilee and Judea.  Jubilant crowds celebrated Jesus’ arrival by waving palm branches and shouting praises to God.  Even today we still hand out palm branches to help us celebrate this special occasion.  During the 11:15a service on Palm Sunday, the Senior Choir and the Children’s Choir will present a cantata entitled, “In the Presence of Jehovah.”  This joyous celebration of the resurrection includes some of the best-loved songs of all time.  Join us as the Senior, Youth and Kids Choirs help us to follow Jesus’ life through individual characters, each who came into His presence through different circumstances.  The full cantata will be offered to the Lord and for our inspiration at the 11:15a service.  Several selections from the cantata will also be offered at the 8:15a service.   

Maundy Thursday Communion Service: April 13th - 7:30p

Join us for a special evening service of Holy Communion in the church sanctuary.  On this Holy Thursday we will remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples and consider the magnitude of His sacrifice on the cross. 

Good Friday Women’s Breakfast: April 14th – 9:00a to 12:00p Sharp

Sicklerville UMC's Sisters of Faith's Annual Good Friday Breakfast is at Trump National Golf Club.  Angela Brown is the keynote speaker.  Angela is connected with the Perfecting Church located in Sewell.  Members of The Perfecting Church seek to extend the borders of the Kingdom of God in their spheres of influence and to become known for their character, integrity, commitment to excellence and ability to practically apply biblical principles to their relationships, finances, health, professional pursuits and every other facet of their lives. Tickets ($22 per person) are available until April 9th through Shirley Jennings.  

Good Friday Men’s Breakfast: April 14th - 7:00a Sharp

All men and boys are invited to join us for our traditional trip to Chews United Methodist Church located at 319 Black Horse Pike, Glendora, NJ 08029.  The breakfast starts at 7:00a sharp and we need to arrive early.  Contact Russ Fuscia to reserve your spot and if you need a ride. 

Ecumenical Good Friday ServiceApril 14th - 12:00p – 3:00p

The ecumenical Good Friday service will be held at First UMC in Williamstown.  The service is open to the public and a number of local clergy and choirs will participate. The service recalls the crucifixion of Jesus, reflects our gratitude for the grace and mercy of God, and anticipates God’s promise of new life through Jesus Christ.  This year’s theme will follow “The Shadows of Calvary.”  Pastor Jeff will share a message entitled, “The Shadow of Betrayal” from 12:30p to 12:55p

Easter Sunday: April 16th

Easter is the joy-filled celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and his victory over sin and death.  The following opportunities will help us celebrate:

·      Easter Sonrise Service: 6:00 am (meet in Faith Hall and process to Calvary)

·      Free Easter Breakfast: Following the Sunrise Service (about 6:30 am) in Faith Hall

·      Easter Sunday Services: 8:45 am & 11:15 am

·      Sunday School for All Ages: 10:00 am in Faith Hall

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