On Palm Sunday the service begins with Jesus’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. He arrives to the sound of sweet Hosannas, palm branches astride a humble donkey. The worship service quickly pivots to the passion narrative—where the gospel reading leads us through the betrayal of Jesus and his death.
This is how Holy Week begins. As we journey through the services on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we proclaim the mystery of Jesus life, death, until we reach the threshold of resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The worship services that are planned bring us into quiet prayer, Word and Sacrament as well as somber music that illuminates the light shining in the darkness. On Wednesday we will place before God our vulnerabilities at the Service of Healing and Reconciliation. On Maundy Thursday we discover anew the claim that Christ is our Passover as the meal is handed on to us and the altar is stripped. Good Friday unfolds with Prayer around the Cross where we “behold the life-giving cross.” The readings expose the injustice of religion and government that lead to the execution of Jesus.
The services are intended to be one, but in three parts filled with drama and contrasting visuals as we move from darkness to light, death to life. As we gather during this holy week, in this time and place, may we see that we are dying and rising again with Christ.
Consider inviting friends, neighbors, and family to come to worship during this meaningful time of the year.