Six weeks ago, with a smudge of ashes on a stormy night, we began our Season of Turning. Away from all that weighs us down, out of ourselves toward Christ and others, with gratitude, with joy, turning, turning, we’ve come to this week, the one we call Holy.
As I said yesterday, it’s God’s turn now. Through the week ahead, the story will move toward its end and our beginning. Herod will have his role, along with Judas, Peter, Pilate, Mary and the other women. Friends will gather at table; silver pieces will change hands; profanity will be shouted at a charcoal fire. Then death’s reality; and the faithful pilgrimage of some grieving friends. It’s all so human, until God turns it upside down.
Love and sacrifice, fear and courage, betrayal and denial, faithfulness and forgiveness, life and death and life—we know the themes well. They are the stuff of human life and divine power. To walk through Holy Week is to hold up a prism and reveal the subtleties of the light that always shines.
See there, the love of Christ, and there, the faithfulness of that love, and there, just how far love will go for the beloved, and there, love’s triumph. This week we tell the story and live it again. Come and see. You might just find yourself in that story. You might just discover who you can be.
For the first time in our new Worship Center, the old story unfolds.
Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m.
A service of Holy Communion:
Around the table, disciples gather with Jesus—then and now.
Good Friday, April 14, 7 p.m.
Back at Christmas we sang of Emmanuel. Now we learn the real power of that word. In fear, in loss, in sorrow and death, God with us.