Dear Sisters and Brothers,
On Palm Sunday we read the entire narrative of the Passion of Jesus Christ from Mark’s Gospel, and the good news I preached was that though this narrative reveals, in stark relief, the horror of what we’ve done to the world, to each other, and to ourselves… in the same moment, it reveals the depths of God’s love for us and the potency of God’s power to save us.
The cross reveals that we are more broken than we imagine, and we are more loved than we can fathom. The very place where our sin is most clearly revealed becomes the very place of our forgiveness. The ultimate instrument of shame and death becomes the liberating way of healing and life. As we walk in the way of the cross, we find it none other than the way of life and peace.
I want to invite you to conclude our Lenten journey this Holy Week by joining us for worship on Maundy Thursday (Apr 6 at 7pm) and Good Friday (Apr 7 at 7pm). Let’s set aside time and space this Holy Week to contemplate the horror and beauty of the Cross together.
Let us behold the man upon the cross together this Holy Week.
Grace and peace,
P.S. On Easter morning (Apr 9), bring something to make some noise (cowbells, pots and pans, vuvuzelas, etc), and come a bit early to make sure you don’t miss the lighting of the Paschal candle, the knocking on the door, and the noisy procession!