By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
It is almost time for the most powerful seven days in the life of the Christian Church: Holy Week. It’s when we mark the final days that Jesus spent in human form. In it we see the stark contrast of his jubilant entry into Jerusalem all the way through to his victory over death on the cross. How have we come to the point where we want to fast-forward through the first six days, zipping ahead to the glory that is the empty tomb? Here’s why I hope you’ll join us at Trinity as we face the week head-on, journeying together as a community of believers.
Palm Sunday: Just five days before being nailed to the cross, Jesus would be hailed as he entered Jerusalem on a donkey. The crowd cheered, waving palm branches as they lined the road before him. How could they know how quickly life would change? As you join us for Palm Sunday services, you too will hold a palm frond in your hand—a tactile reminder of that day more than two thousand Palm Sundays past—as we witness to the life of Christ.
Maundy Thursday: This is another name used for Holy Thursday. The English word Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, which translates to commandment. Why commandment? In John 13, we read of the night before Jesus would be betrayed; he washed the feet of his disciples and gave them a new commandment to love one another, “just as I have loved you.” Other gospel accounts tell of what we refer to as the Lord’s Supper. This is why we will celebrate both foot washing and communion on Maundy Thursday.
Good Friday: The lights will be lowered and the Sanctuary stripped bare. A black swath of cloth will drape the cross—a reminder of the innocent one who was crucified. In this reverent service, we’ll hear a Gospel account of the incredible Passion story.
Easter Sunday: Resurrection Day! We will celebrate the Risen Lord. The Sanctuary will be adorned in white and filled with beautiful Easter flowers. We’ll sing of the empty tomb and how our Savior lives. We will have three services, including a bright and early sunrise service. (We’ll even supply the coffee.)
Please join us for all our Holy Week services. Look for the times here. It’s easy to skip straight to Sunday. But, without Good Friday, there would be no Easter Sunday. If you have any questions, please be sure to ask Jim, Keith or me.
We’ll see you in church!