Thoughts in the middle of Holy Week

Thoughts in the middle of Holy Week

A New Testament scholar once noted that the Gospel of Mark could be fairly accurately characterized as a passion narrative with an extended introduction. This is obviously an overstatement, but the point is made–the events of the final week of Jesus’ life are the hinge of history and the central acts in the drama of redemption. Although Wellspring is not a liturgical community and we do not strictly follow the church calendar in our rhythms of teaching and worship, we certainly embrace the events of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday as the high points of Christian remembrance and celebration.

With that in mind, I want to specifically invite you to join us for an observance of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 PM. “Maundy” comes from the same Latin root from which we derive the English word, “mandate.” At his last Passover observance with his disciples, Jesus mandated or commanded that his followers continue to observe the ritual meal of the bread and the wine “in remembrance of him.” Obviously we do that regularly throughout the year in our communion services, but this week has a special focus upon our Lord’s suffering and death as an atonement for our redemption from sin. You will want to join us Thursday evening for a time of worship, devotion and Holy Communion.

I also want to encourage you to join us in worshiping the Risen Lord on Resurrection Sunday–and to encourage you to invite a friend or neighbor or co-worker to join you. We are planning a celebratory gathering with a focus upon God’s great love for us and the promise of new life in the power of the resurrection. We will follow our regular schedule of services at 9:00 and 11:00. I am looking forward to declaring with you that “He is risen–He is risen indeed!”

Blessings,

Pastor Rick

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