Many, many years ago, as a child, I remember neighbor children coming home from church on Palm Sunday with palm leaves, or little crosses made from them. The church I attended did not do that, and I wondered why. It would be quite some time before I would learn that the various denominations celebrated differently.
We still see differences today in how we mark the day. But the constant in the equation is that in all, the day is the celebration of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem to welcoming shouts and the waving of palm branches as He passed.
How short-lived that welcome was! Only a few days later, those welcoming cries changed to "Crucify Him!" as Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled.
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. However your church chooses to mark the day, it is one in which to contemplate howthat one man has impacted the world.
Many of our churches have special services or revised schedules for the coming week, culminating on Easter, nextSunday. Surprisingly, many people who do not attend church at all, or very rarely,do come on Easter.
Here are some examples of what is available to attend.
Community Good Friday Service presented by the Del Norte Evangelical Ministerial Association, at the Church of the Nazarene, 224 F St. This will be the third year for this service, which has become an annual event. It is a beautifully presented service, with wonderful music and many of our pastors speaking to the last words of Jesus on the cross. The Nazarene church was chosen to host the event because it is closest to the business district, and facilitates the attendance of people who wish to attend on their lunch hour. If you have never attended this one, try it. I have attended the last two years and would not miss it.
Grace Lutheran Church, 188 East Cooper St. Special service at 7 p.m., with special music. As you leave in silence, meditate on the true meaning of the season.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 319 E St. A noon Liturgy of the Lord's Passion is planned.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Good Friday Service at 6pm.
Fort Dick Bible Church, 6725 Lake Earl Drive, Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.
Special Holy Week services in addition to Good Friday, Palm Sunday, and Easter are:
St. Joseph's Catholic Church Holy Thursday: 7p.m., Mass of the Lord's Supper, followed by Adoration for one hour.
Easter Vigil: Saturday, 6 p.m. in English and 8 p.m. in Espanol.
Confessions will only be heard during these days on Holy Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Monday: Stations of the Cross, 5:15 pm
Tuesday: Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Tenebrae Service 7:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Agape Meal: With footwashing following stripping of the altar, 6p.m.
April 7: Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30pm
Grace Lutheran Church Traditional Worship service and Lord's Supper at 8:30 a.m.; Contemporary Worship at 11a.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Procession of the Palms and Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Flowering of the Cross, Holy Eucharist 10 a.m.
Grace Lutheran Church Traditional Service , 8:30 a.m.; Easter breakfast 9:30 a.m. followed by Easter Egg hunt for children; contemporary service at 11am-child care will be provided for this service.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church Easter Mass at Klamath 8 a.m.; Easter Mass at Crescent City 10 a.m.
Smith River Baptist Church, Highland Street and U.S. Hwy. 101 Services at 9:15 and 11 a.m. with the theme "Amazing Grace."
Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church, 160 Blueberry Lane Sunrise Service at 7a.m. in Virginia's Grove behind the church, followed by a continental breakfast and the two morning services at the usual times.
Oceanview Baptist Church, 2455 Oliver Ave. Annual Easter Pancake breakfast at 9:45 a.m., to which all are invited, followed by a "Resurrection" Egg hunt forthe kids. Regular service at 11a.m.
Fort Dick Bible Church Sunrise service at 7a.m. at the church, followed by breakfast, and the regular morning service.
For a special touch, don't miss the Easter Service at the Trees of Mystery in Klamath at 3 p.m. This is an annualevent which has taken place for over 50 years in this beautiful setting. Messages and music will be presented by our local Methodist Churches with Pastors Michael Pina (Klamath), Carol Layton (Crescent City) and Michele Holloway (Smith River). If the weather cooperates, this should be a very nice service.
On April 7-8,Reach Out Ministries Community Church in Klamath welcomes all to its second annual Resurrection Revival.
The event begins Saturday on 5:30 p.m. at the Yurok Tribal Office large auditorium, 190 Klamath Blvd.
It will include Spirit-filled praise and worship, special music, and testimonies of changed lives. Speakers include evangelists Bill Lopez of Heaven Sent Ministries, and Woodard and Stella Carr.
Sunday events start at 11a.m. at Reach Out Ministries Community Church at the Klamath Community Center, 219 Salmon Ave. in Klamath Townsite.
The 11a.m. Resurrection service will be followed by a special treasure hunt for the children with candy for all and special prizes for finding gold and silver eggs.
Special music by local musicians, a free Resurrection Dinner, and more testimonies by local Christians will complete the event. For more information, call Pastor Tom at 954-6071.
There will be a planning meeting for Vacation Bible School at the Wherehouse of Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church at 10 a.m. April 7 VBS there is planned for July 9-13.
VBS gives the kids something to do during those weeks of vacation that so quickly turn to boredom. Many kids will attend a lot of them, going from church to church as the season progresses.
With careful planning by those who have VBS, overlapping/conflicting events can be avoided. I think there was only one instance last year where two were going at the same time.