I was sorry that we had to miss the Palm Sunday service because of Sunday's snow. That service is a powerful reminder of how, in such a short span of time, Jesus' salvation plan came into being through the last days of Jesus' life. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, crowds thronged to see him. They waved palm branches as if to cheer him on and shouts of "Hosanna!" rang through the air. A few days later, Jesus shared a last meal with his bewildered disciples who still didn't believe that what Jesus had been telling them would really come to pass. Soon, the loyalty of the disciples was tested; some failed that test miserably. Those who had sought to capture and kill Jesus had their way and our Lord met his fate on a cruel instrument of death. Then, resurrection!
In the next five days, we have a chance to remember those events as if they were happening to and among us now, for salvation comes new to us every day.
Tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm, we will gather at Zion for a Maundy Thursday service at which we recount Jesus kneeling at the feet of his friends, eating with them and giving them the commandment to love one another.
On Friday, our Good Friday service will be held at St. Mark at 7:00 pm. During that time, we will ponder the seven last words of Christ and sing of the solemn act of sacrifice for our sin.
Then, on Sunday comes the celebration of the resurrection with two services. The first is at St. Mark at 7:00 am and the second at Zion at 10:00 am. Both services will be followed by a potluck meal. If you are able, please bring something to share. An Easter egg hunt will follow at Zion. I hope that you are able to attend all or some of these services during this most holy of weeks.
We keep our neighbors who experienced damage and power outages this past weekend in our prayers.
When Jesus wept, a falling tear
in mercy fell beyond all bound;
when Jesus groaned, a trembling fear
seized all the guilty world around.
- William Billings