Prayers for God’s grace to you as we begin our Holy Week journey. Blustery and damp moving to raining by the end of service – brings a change of plans to the Procession of the Palms. Today was another day to open our doors to visitors and long-past former members of the Glebe-St. John’s Cure. Our visitor hails from Wales and she enjoyed our church and worship service. The church was appropriately set for Palms with some dramatic palm fans near the altar. This week will provide more opportunities for worship and reflection in Holy Week – the entire week at Metropolitan Baptist at noon; Maundy Thursday at Oakland Christian UCC; Good Friday at Wesley Chapel; and Easter sunrise at the pond altar. Please be blessed in your Holy Week journey.
In worship, we heard the Passion Gospel from Luke – the choral reading of which is always moving. Coupled with the Passion Gospel was Paul’s request to have the mind of Christ and Isaiah’s suffering servant story (part 3). In keeping with our tradition, there was a longer period of reflection following the gospel to ponder the gravity of that story. Although there is nothing to add to amplify the gospel message, it was worthwhile to look at Paul’s admonition to have the mind that was in Christ; how Christ’s presence brings reconnection with God and creation. But it takes the entire story of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection to make us complete and aware of God’s grace. How are you challenged to be the change you are envisioned to be by God?
I invite your comments,
Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14-23:56