Holy Week begins this Sunday - Palm Sunday. This is a day of great joy and celebration, when we remember Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem, the cheers and adulation of the crowds, followed all too quickly by the darkness of the coming days. As you prepare for worship on Sunday, let me encourage you to read the various renditions of this story from each of the gospels. Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, and John 12:12-19. Each one of the gospel writers gives a slightly different account. Why is that? It’s an interesting question and one we will explore on Sunday.
Let me also encourage you to begin your preparation for Maundy Thursday on April 13. This is the day of Jesus’ betrayal, the day he shares a final meal with his disciples. It is an important night. We will gather as a church family in a quiet candlelit sanctuary to remember, as Jesus begins to walk the final road to Calvary. Our service will be filled with music, scripture and silence. This is because it enables us to pause and reflect on the great sacrifice Jesus made for us. Invite your friends and family to join you.
I look forward to share this Holy Week with you. My prayer is that God will speak to you in a new and specific way this week.