Imagine you are in Jerusalem on the Wednesday of that first Holy Week when Jesus could be found in the temple teaching and his opponents in the shadows planning. And there you are with your mind caught up in the words of Jesus and wishing that the week would never end. Next week, there would be work to do and problems to solve and ordinary life to live. But what you could not have known on that Wednesday is how it would all end. There, living in that transcendent moment, you would be joyful with the hope that the “new thing” prophesied so long ago by the Prophet Joel was really happening, to you, right now. And that hope would be undone by the crucifixion and wonderfully renewed when Jesus was raised.
Holy Week must be lived to be appreciated. Like your imaginary self experiencing the event Jesus’ own Holy Week, you must go there if we are to understand it’s life changing power. Plan to be with us for a very special Maundy Thursday service in the main sanctuary and for Good Friday in our regular worship space. Live the experience and let it change you!
ON EASTER MORNING, join us for an all congregation breakfast cooked by the clergy. We’ll serve from 8:20 or so until 9:00 o’clock. Sunday school follows at 9:15.
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – “He was pierced for our transgressions”
Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.
Your fellow servant,
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
· Wednesday at 6:30: New Study: The Gospel of Luke Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue. All are welcome.
· Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am, Worship at 10:30am.
· MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 2nd, at 7:00pm. Traditional service in the main sanctuary.
· GOOD FRIDAY, April 3rd, Traditional service in our regular worship space.
· EASTER SUNDAY, April 5th. Begins with breakfast cooked by the clergy at 8:15am.
· Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be provided.
· Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am, Church Yard Clean-Up Morning.
· Thursday and Friday, April 30-May 1, Diocesan Synod in Albuquerque.