This evening, Maundy Thursday, we will hear: “God never wearies of forgiving sin and giving the peace of reconciliation.”
Tomorrow evening, Good Friday, we will sing: “Ah, Holy Jesus, how hast thou offended, that we to judge thee, have in hate pretended?”
Sunday morning, Easter Day, we will greet one another with the improbable claim, “Christ is risen! Risen indeed!”
Around the world, these are holy days.
The fire at Notre Dame in Paris has drawn surprising attention to the need for the “holy” in our lives. Even those who profess no faith in Jesus Christ regard the cathedral a sanctuary, an inspiration, a sign. Donations flow in from around the world to restore its place in our hearts and imagination.
The 20th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine ricochets the grief and horror we first felt upon hearing news of murder in a school building. Though a few troubled souls still worship at the altar of that carnage, we choose to remember those who died and were injured, those who ran to their aid, heroic efforts to curb such violence and its underlying causes.
Our Jewish brothers and sisters are, at this moment, ridding their homes of chametz (leavened grain) and preparing the kiddush (prayers over the wine) and celebratory meals during which they recount the first Passover and God’s protecting love. This faithful observance has continued almost without interruption, around the world, for centuries.
And we who profess faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God? We receive forgiveness. We wash one another’s feet. We share a simple supper. We grieve at the foot of the cross. We believe witnesses who find an empty tomb. This God whom we love stoops to greet us, to love us, to free us—even from death.
Please join us for our Holy Week and Easter celebrations:
Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Good Friday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Festival of the Resurrection, April 21
Worship at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt (9:45 a.m.—on the dot)
Sunday School Choir rehearsal, 10 a.m.
(Godly Play will not meet)
These are holy days for the whole world. Please multiply our joy by joining ours.
Pastor JoAnn Post