Holy Week

What makes this week “holy”?  This is why Jesus died, to be the face of a compassionate God who lets nothing come between us and the love that holds us every day of our lives, not just during Holy Week, not just when we’re in church, not just when we’re praying or feeling particularly holy ourselves. This week, as we stumble along in his footsteps, as we face his journey to the cross, we can rely on God’s grace to carry us every step of the way.
Excerpted from a sermon by Kay Huey, UCC
Maundy Thursday Worship will be celebrated with communion at Loudonville Presbyterian Church.
Soup Supper at 5:30pm.
Choir rehearsal at 6pm.
Worship at 6:30pm.
“Then Jesus poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.” John 13:5  “Maundy Thursday,” refers to the Latin word for commandment, mandatum. In these last days with his disciples, Jesus both states and enacts his new commandment—that we love one another as he has loved us. To show the disciples what he means, he washes their feet. These feet would have been dusty, cracked, lined. A servant would normally have taken a basin and washed the feet of guests arriving for a meal.
Jesus, whom the disciples know as teacher and friend, healer and leader, abandons all of those roles and kneels before each disciple as a servant. It is scandalous. Peter, for one, cannot bear it. He says to Jesus, “You will never wash my feet.” (John 13:9) Jesus leads him to see that this service to one another is a way revealing divine tenderness in common, human need. On this night his Passion begins as he is betrayed and handed over to Pilate.
Loudonville Presbyterian Church will be open on Good Friday with devotional materials for you.
Noon-1pm Stations of the Cross
Scripture readings and responses
All are invited to share this devotion.
“Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John:19:30
A day of great sorrow, Good Friday calls us to do what the disciples could not. Good Friday calls us to join those who love Jesus at the foot of his cross. Good Friday invites us to enter that most excruciating moment of awareness of our own impotence, unable to prevent his dying. This day calls us to the steadiness of being present with Jesus and with one another in these moments of suffering and death.
Easter Sunrise  Join with the surrounding community as we gather in Albany Rural Cemetery at 7am.  We recall together how the first Easter began at Jesus’ grave with the message “He is Risen, go and tell the good news!”  –wear clothes and shoes appropriate to the weather
Pancake Breakfast is available at Bethany Presbyterian Church.
Joyful Easter Worship Our worship at LPC is at 10:30am. 

Albany Crop Walk – May 4th

May 4, 2014 is the Albany CROP Hunger Walk.  CROP Hunger Walks are sponsored by Church World Service to raise funds to end hunger in the United States and overseas.  Some of the money raised from the CROP WALK is distributed locally to food pantries and the Regional Food Bank which our congregation supports.  The Albany Crop Walk has two loops—a one mile and a three mile.  We will meet after worship for a bite to eat and then go to the walk at First Lutheran Church in Albany that begins at 1:30 pm.  Please let Michele Budrow (stottler@nycap.rr.com or 489-4218) know if you are interested in participating, so that she can get you a registration packet.

Friday is our Annual One Great Hour of Sharing Dinner and Auction!

5:30 crackers and cheese
6:00 Ham Dinner
7:00 Auction of Handmade and Unique Goods!!!!

We always enjoy this evening so much! Whether you take home any goodies or just enjoy the show you will be glad you came!
Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed.

Palm Sunday

Sunday is Palm Sunday. Our worship service is at 10:30AM.

We will have wonderful special music from our Bell Choir and Soloists. After worship we hope you stay for Fellowship/Coffee Hour and take home one of the beautiful and unique crosses we made throughout Lent.

We ask ourselves, and God, the hardest question of all, “Why?” And so many whys! Why be born a human being, messy, conflicted, tired, hungry and thirsty? Why not take out your enemies, and ours, with your power? Why heal this one, and not that one? Why, oh why, do you go to the cross? 
This Sunday we come to the cross, but not alone. We come with questions, doubts, with our pain and even anger. Can these questions and doubts drive us from the presence of God?, our Temptor will surely give that a try.

We stand at the foot of cross in pain and know deep in our gut that the powers of fear and sin have the power to take life, but, there at the foot of the cross we remember that God alone has the power to give it. Believe it.