Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Sometimes, one in this vocation just has to admit that someone else says it better than you ever could. So it is this week. I came upon a post from Nadia Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran priest who is edgy, tattooed, as well as a great writer and preacher, which I might add is just an adequate beginning. She writes about Holy Week. Here it is for your consideration:
Two thousand years ago in the middle-east, there had to have been crowds who shouted praise and friends who betrayed and followers who denied and women who wept and soldiers who mocked and thieves who believed. It would have happened like this even if the Jesus event were happening now instead of then. Even if we knew everything in advance - were we the ones on the street we too would shout Hosanna and a few days later shout crucify him. And that's the good news when it comes down to it. Because these people of the Holy Week story are we people. And we people are the likes of which God came to save. God did not become human and dwell among us as Jesus to save only an improved, doesn't make the wrong choices kind of people. There is no improved version of humanity that could have done any differently. So go ahead. Don't wait until you think your motivations are correct. Don't wait till you are sure you believe every single line of the Nicene creed (no one does all the time!). Don't worry about coming to church this week for the right reasons. Just wave branches. Shout praise for the wrong reason. Eat a meal. Have your feet washed. Grab at coins. Shout Crucify him. Walk away when the cock crows. Because we, as we are and not as some improved version of ourselves...we are who God came to save. And nothing can stop what's going to happen."
Our Maundy Thursday service will be different this year. We will gather as a congregation in the Parish Hall around tables for Agape Meal (or Love Feast) of a light supper of soup and bread and fruit and cheese. We will wash feet and celebrate the Eucharist while seated around tables as the disciples did on this night where we recall the betrayal of Jesus. After the Eucharist we will process as a congregation into the church to hear the 22nd Psalm and witness the stripping of the altar where our hearts are laid bare at the betrayal of our Lord. We begin our three day immersion into the three day Paschal Triduum or Christian Passover with Maundy Thursday. This is a life-shattering and life-creating experience of faith like no other; for it is here that we begin to touch the very heart of the Christian mystery.
At All Saints we pray that you will find this season to be one of reconciliation and renewal celebrated by Christ's Resurrection at Easter.
See ya Sunday...& during Holy Week,
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