In a few weeks, we begin the darkest week of the church year. The joy of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the crowds with palm branches, shouts of Hosanna, welcomed him. Within a short week, Jesus will have had his last meal with the disciples, been betrayed by one and denied by another. He will have been tried, convicted and crucified by the authorities, and placed in an unmarked tomb. Scripture tells us that the sun did not shine. There was more than a physical darkness after Jesus’ death; there was an emotional darkness as well. We want to pass over that darkness, jumping straight from Palm Sunday to Easter and yet to do so diminishes the true glory of the resurrection.
We continue to live in a dark and uncertain time. Terrorism continues, situations in the Middle East, Korea, Syria, and Venezuela continue to be problems. In our own personal lives, we have experienced darkness as well, illness, death, the end of relationships, the loss of a job. The lesson of Holy Week is that the darkness does not last, the tomb is empty. The darkness that we all face in our lives can be faced with the assurance of the joy of Easter.
I invite you to join us for our Holy Week worship experiences. We begin with Palm Sunday where we will remember Jesus entry into Jerusalem and move through the passion narrative. On Maundy Thursday we will celebrate Holy Communion, a reminder of the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples. On Good Friday, the darkest day, there will be a mid-day Tenebrae service with readings of Jesus last week on earth and candles will be extinguished as we move closer to his death.
On Sunday, April 21st we will celebrate Easter as we gather at 9:30 am to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.
See you in Church,