It’s Holy Week. Lent culminates in Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and then leads us into Eastertide on Easter Sunday. We will have services on every day but Saturday (maybe next year?) and these are some of the highest and holiest days of the Christian year. We hope you can join us as we reflect, commemorate, and celebrate this week.
Our Confronting Mammon with Jesus class wrapped up last Sunday morning. If you’d like to catch up on what you missed, the recordings and readings are available here.
I want to mention “next steps” for us coming out of this class, and some things I want to celebrate that I noticed during our class:
- We’ve now had discussions at The Table about race and money over the last few years. I celebrate our ability to discuss hard things, to hold tension and anxiety, to name our Kairoses and not be too hasty to resolve or fix our discomfort. We are building a congregational character needed to discern and enact the Kingdom of God together.
- Often difficult conversations like this devolve into guilt trips, legalistic new ‘rules’, or people checking out or even leaving the church. I celebrate that we’ve corporately landed in a more faithful space, one of listening and learning and growing.
- The other Rectors and I think it may be beneficial for us to convene “Story Nights” over the next few months where we come together for a meal and share how we are crafting and enacting experiments that confront Mammon in our lives. These nights would be about sharing God’s goodness together, stoking the imagination of those who listen, and discerning ways forward based upon what we’re sensing the Spirit say to us. If you’re up for hosting one of these Story Nights and/or have a story to share about experiments you’re considering or doing just message me and we can chat more.
I’m ready for Easter, friends. Lent feels like it began in 2020 for real. Let’s hold fast these last several days of Lent; the light of the world is coming when we will sing and laugh and rejoice.
Until then: we wait, we hope, we wait.
In Christ and for his love’s sake,