Wednesday, February 18 – Thursday, April 2
Sunday, March 29 @ 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 3 from noon-8:00 p.m.
Silence. Darkness. Absence. Fear. Despair. These are the hard truths of Saturday. “Radiolab” is a radio show and podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries. In an episode titled “In Silence”, host Robert Krulwich presents a sermon he gave at his temple at this time of year—Passover for Jews/Holy Week for Christians. You can listen to it here: http://www.radiolab.org/story/91898-in-silence/ What connections can you make between the podcast and the silence of Holy Saturday?
There is nothing “good” about Good Friday. As the sun rises on the morning following Jesus’ middle-of-the-night arrest and secret interrogation, we find the chief priests binding Jesus and taking him to Pontius Pilate on trumped up charges of heresy and inciting violence against Rome. Pilate questions Jesus, but Jesus refuses to answer. The “crowd” of people in the palace that morning— perhaps the same ones who brought Jesus to Pilate at dawn, are incited to call for Jesus’ crucifixion. Pilate offers to release another prisoner, and then hands over Jesus to be beaten and crucified. Jesus is forced to carry his own cross to Golgotha where he is further mocked and then executed. There is so much injustice and corruption embedded in this story that calling anything about it “good” would seem yet another wrong. From noon until 8pm today, you are invited to walk with Jesus through a variety of interactive, multisensory stations that chronicle this day of sorrow and suffering. Our hope is that as you experience and reflect on this day, you might find your own reason to call it “good”
Food is central to the story of Easter. First, there is the context of the Jewish celebration of Passover—a meal packed with meaning and tradition. Then there is what Christians call “the Last Supper”, Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death. It is a meal that we reenact each time we gather at the table to follow Jesus’ command to “remember me”. Blogger Tamara Lunardo makes this observation about the connection between food and memory… “You see it, and it’s gone; you hear it, and it’s ceased; you feel it, and then you don’t. But you breathe it deep into your lungs, and you taste it all down your throat. They stay in your cells, those consumed memories. And I wonder if maybe that’s why, on the night he knew it was his last chance to be with his loved ones, Jesus told them to eat and drink to remember him. Maybe he wanted them to be able to smell and taste his memory, deep down, long after they couldn’t see or hear or touch him anymore.” Taste and see. Breathe in and remember. Join us at 7:00pm for Maundy Thursday worship which will include the celebration of this holy meal
“While [Jesus] was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head” (Mark 14:3). In Mark’s gospel, the disciples are always missing the point. Jesus makes multiple predictions of his death and the disciples remain oblivious. It is an unnamed woman who is the first believer, the first to “get” the truth behind Jesus’ words. “She has done what she could,” says Jesus, “she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial” (Mark 14:8). She alone, of all those who heard Jesus’ three prophecies of his death and resurrection, believed him and drew the obvious conclusions. As strange as they seemed to the disciples, her actions receive a unique and stunning accolade from Jesus: “Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her” (Mark 14:9). At times our familiarity with or expectations of something—an event, a person, a story—can prevent us from seeing an otherwise obvious truth. What helps you “see” your blinders? When have the confusing actions of another person led you to a new discovery about yourself or a situation you found yourself in?
Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Coffee & Cookies Fellowship 10:30 a.m.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Palm Sunday - March 29 9:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday - April 2 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday Experience - April 3 noon-8:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday - April 5 8:00 a.m. & 9:30 p.m.
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