Season of Lent - Sunday March 25, 2018
Message: Lessons on Living and Dying
I find myself at a loss for words (I know...unusual...right?) as I think about saying something about Holy Week. The reason for my loss for words is that Holy Week is a week I find difficult to put into words.
On the one hand, it is one of my favorite weeks of the year as it is full of meaning and therefore, a week filled with great emotion. On the other hand, it is a tough week. Tough, not only in the sense of stamina, as we have multiple services that lead up to Easter Sunday. It is tough emotionally as it is a week that I find myself thinking about things, such as betrayal, suffering, and death. That is also why I struggle in saying it is one of my favorite weeks of the year.
All of this brings us to this Sunday...known as Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. Growing up, I simply remember this Sunday as Palm Sunday. We would wave palms, children would sing 'Hosanna's' and a message would be given about Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem...albeit on a donkey. But some years ago, we were encouraged, thru the disciplined readings of scripture, to go back to more of the ancient practice of Lent when it came to emphasizing the way and life of Jesus included "betrayal, suffering and death".
So as we gather on this Palm/Passion Sunday, we will begin with the Hosanna's which will lead us to look at Lessons in Living and Dying. These lessons are given to us both through the story of Jesus' life and death, as well as before and after. And it is amazing how they mirror the lessons we learn about living and dying within our own life.
Join us this Sunday as we enter into Holy Week. Also plan now to join us for services during Holy Week on Maundy Thursday (March 29) and Good Friday (March 30) at 7:00 pm.
May this Holy Week draw each of us nearer to Jesus!