Pastoral Post: Good Friday

Last night we gathered to remember and relive Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. We sat at tables and passed the bread and cup, serving one another, as Jesus said we should do. It was moving at many levels.

Today is the first day of the Easter Triduum—Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Day.  A number of our members participated in the Cross Walk this morning, as we traveled Main St. from First Presbyterian to Bogart’s, then Haywood St. to our church, hearing scripture readings of our Lord’s suffering and death along the way.

Tonight at 6:30 we will hear from 7 of our church family as they reflect on what Jesus’ Last Words mean to them. It will be a simple service. I believe it will be very meaningful.

I’ve walked the labyrinth several times this week. I had a very meaningful walk after lunch today. Many people have experienced the labyrinth this week, a number for the first time, and I’m hearing comments of how amazed people are at the depth of meaning of this simple exercise. I wish the labyrinth could be available all day tomorrow, but those who prepare the sanctuary for worship need time to do so tomorrow morning, so the labyrinth will be open until tonight’s service and for a short time after. If you’ve been meaning to walk it, time is running out! If you make an effort to do so, you will not regret it!

Sunday is Easter! We will have our regular worship services as scheduled, but obviously we expect more than usual. This is our high moment of the year, around which everything else revolves. Without Easter, there is no Christian faith. Plan to join your church family for an Easter service, and bring a friend who would otherwise not be in church on Sunday. We have something very special to celebrate and share!

And, remember if you are able bodied, I hope you’ll join me in parking at the library parking lot on Sunday, freeing up parking spaces for our guests and those not able to make the short walk. For us who are able to do so, the library lot is the parking place of honor!

My prayer for each of you in these holy days is a deep and abiding awareness of the love of God…the love that knows no bounds, the love that goes to all lengths, the love that gives us life!

See you tonight, hopefully, and Sunday at the Easter place!

Sandy

 Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory though o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away, kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

—Edmond l. Budry

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