Holy Week is one of, if not, the biggest week in the Christian liturgical calendar. It is a week full of drama. We began this week with praises and shouts of jubilee on Palm Sunday; all of us offering different expectations of Jesus, just like the first believers. As we move through the week, before we arrive at the celebration of Easter, we experience betrayal – death – silence. It is incredibly tempting to move right from Palm Sunday to Easter, from glory to glory, from celebration to celebration. I am not exempt from this temptation. I like celebrating and I love helping the church recover the spiritual act of celebration. Yet if we just went from “Hosanna!” to resurrection we are missing a big part of the story.
I invite you to experience the entire Holy Week. Before we get to Sunday check out Matthew 26 and Matthew 27 – take a deep breath – and read the story of breaking bread together, betrayal, death, and silence. Imagine what it would be like to be one of the first disciples. What would your reaction be? How do you picture yourself in this story? What might it mean for you today? You are invited to join us Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and Friday at 12:00 noon as we remember the story together in worship. Perhaps this week is best spent communally as we wait for the joy of Easter Sunday.