Lent is coming to an end and the glorious celebration of Palm Sunday is just around the corner. The shouts of “Hosanna!” will ring in our ears and Jesus will rebuke the religious leaders of his day by explaining his presence would merit praise from the very rocks on the roadside if the crowds did not respond with shouts and waving palm branches. We’ll experience the triumph of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a humble colt.
But we know the story changes so fast. The triumph of Sunday becomes the fear and darkness of Thursday in the garden when Jesus prays fervently for another way. Never is Jesus more human than in Gethsemane as his disciples sleep on their watch while he prays. Betrayal is at hand. One of those who broke bread with him only hours before will soon arrive to kiss his cheek and sell him out to the authorities and start the awful procession of events that lead to the cross on Friday afternoon. We can’t arrive faithfully at Easter without Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. To do so is to fail to acknowledge why Jesus came and diminish the sacrifice made for our sinfulness. I invite you to join me Holy Week for meaningful observances that will prepare you for Easter.
Beginning Wednesday, April 12 at 3 p.m., the church will be open for Stations of the Cross that will walk you through the events leading to Jesus’ crucifixion. The Stations will be available Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Meditate, reflect on your Lenten journey, remember your baptism and renounce sin as you open your heart to saving grace of Jesus. Please make time to prayerfully work your way through the Stations during Holy Week.
On Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m., we will observe Maundy Thursday with the Lord’s Supper. In remembrance of Jesus, we will partake in Holy Communion and brace ourselves for Good Friday. We will again gather Friday at 7 p.m. to observe Good Friday. We’ll remember the cross, prayerfully consider how Jesus suffered and died for us, and leave the Sanctuary in silence and reverence at the close of the service.
And, joyfully, we will meet the risen Savior on Sunday, April 16 at 11 a.m. with an Easter Celebration of the risen Lord. Come prepared to sing and rejoice in the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life in Jesus!