This is the week when Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, celebrated Holy Communion with his disciples, was crucified, died, was buried, and then rose again.
It is a week of celebration and sadness, a week of the best and the worst, and is the most important time of year to me as a Christian.
- Palm Sunday —“The people who walked ahead of Jesus, and those who followed him, began to shout, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” – Matthew 21: 8-9
On Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday. We waved palm frons as we sang the hymns. It was a lovely service.
During the Children’s Chat, Pastor told the children that Christ has the red carpet in our hearts. During the sermon, Ian drew a picture of his heart with a red carpet on the floor. It really touched the pastor and me as well.
- Maundy Thursday —“Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.”– Luke 7: 19-20
Then we have Maundy Thursday which celebrates the Lord’s Last Supper. He shared bread and wine with his disciples, including the man who betrayed him. Prior to that meal, he washed their feet.
He shared with them some of what was to come in the next few days. Can you even imagine being there for that meal? Or can you imagine having your feet be washed by a man who you have so much respect for?
- Good Friday — “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.” – Matthew 27:50
Good Friday follows. I have always wondered why that was the name chosen. After all, this is the day that our Lord was crucified, beaten, nailed to a cross, and died.
During the service, we listen to the last 7 Words of Christ and watch the lights turn off as a book is dropped, signifying the closing of the tomb. We then leave in silence. This service is a challenge with a 5-year-old who loves to talk but is truly meaningful. We are reminded of what the Lord did for us.
- Easter —“Simon Peter said, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” – Luke 24:34
It is an amazing contrast to Easter morning. Easter is when we say, “He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed.” I love that my church has a sunrise service at the local marina. It is hard to get up early enough for it but is the truly most meaningful service for me.
Watching the sunrise over the lake as we sing, “Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Alleluia” nearly moves me to happy tears. I hope that we can make it to this service. But, we’ll have to wait and see.
Also on Easter will be a breakfast at church, an Easter Egg hunt and then another service — often with the glorious organ and full orchestra. It is a day to celebrate.
After church we will gather at my parent’s house for lunch with the family – including extended family — and maybe have a family egg hunt.
I hope that you too will have a very blessed and meaningful Holy Week!
I wonder if I can truly appreciate all that Lord has done for me? I know that it will be demonstrated this week.