Holy week begins this Sunday, Palm Sunday. Note: the week between Palm Sunday and Easter is not intrinsically holy, except in the way that all time is holy, since it belongs to God. We can, make next week holy by setting it apart and choosing to give it a sacred focus. That can be a struggle. After all, Spring’s incredible beauty mocks Lent. With Spring comes new life, re-birth, warmth and light. All fantastic reminders of Easter, but all things that tempt us to ignore the steps that led to the empty tomb. Holy week starts with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. From there, he washes his servants’ feet, he presides over the Last Supper, and is betrayed- all remembered on Maundy Thursday. The next day, Good Friday, is the day we remember his torturous death, and his sacrificial love for us all. It is only after this, that we can truly celebrate Easter. Only after following his steps to death, can we cry out in faith, “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!”
Put it on your calendar.
Join us for worship next week:
Maundy Thursday: (April 5th) 6:00pm Worship with celebration of Lord’s Supper Dennis Tedder preaching “Basin and Towel.”
Good Friday: (April 6th) 12:00pm Worship in the Gallant Chapel, “Solemn Reproaches of the Cross.”
Easter Sunday: (April 8th) 8:30 and 10:55am Worship, Dennis Tedder preaching “Looking for Life in All the Wrong Places.”
May I encourage you to worship each day of Holy week, whether in the sanctuary or as you live out your life. Worship daily the God who lived and died so that we might live eternally. Do that- and I promise that you’ll better see the incredible, unbelievable, truth of the Gospel message. God is revealed through God’s word in Holy Scripture. Make a point to read and study Jesus’ last hours. I dare you to fix your eyes on Jesus: the one who loves you to the point of death- even death on a cross.