The Lenten Season draws to a close as we remember the witness, arrest, trial and execution of Jesus. We do this in preparation for and in anticipation of Easter Sunday and the promise of Resurrection. Last Sunday we had some fun with the Palm Sunday end of our service. Thanks to Pastor Tripp, Doug, Melanie, Jan and the choir and our children and youth for their contributions to the service.
The rest of the service, in which we read aloud long passages of Matthew’s Passion account, I found very moving. It’s one thing to sit down and read those verses on your own, in silence. It is quite different to hear them read aloud with feeling and a sense of the great drama they contain. I understand why some traditions make a point of reading an entire Passion story annually in Lenten worship.
Thursday we will hold our annual Maundy Thursday supper and service. The meal will be simple as will be the service as we celebrate Communion around the
tables where we eat. Friday the Sanctuary will be open from noon to 3:00 PM, the traditional hours of the Crucifixion. You are invited to make use of the space for prayer and meditation. There will be some written resource available to guide you. There will also music playing softly. In addition, you are invited to make use of our new labyrinth as another form of prayer and contemplation. We will have a guide to using the labyrinth available as well.
Sunday we will celebrate the Resurrection with music and the spoken word. As we have done the past couple of years, we are inviting anyone who wants to bring cut flowers (one or many) to place on the flower cross at the beginning of the service. In addition, this year we are inviting everyone to bring some nonperishable food items to share with the hungry of our community. This is will be the culminating, corporate act of our Lenten emphasis on hunger. There will be a basket to collect the items in the Sanctuary and we will bless them before sending them off to EHP or one of the food pantries.
Bring some folks with you to share in worship, the Easter Egg Hunt for children and the best brunch in Palo Alto. See you Sunday at 10 AM.
God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.