One of the most prominent moments in our Holy Week scriptures, is when we find Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. This is the place Christ visited to pray about the events he knew were about to transpire. It was also the place where he was arrested and taken away to begin his final movement toward execution and ultimate resurrection.
Prayer was a significant component to the life and ministry of Christ. I believe this is significant for many reasons, but chief among them being that Christ is our example.
As we move through Holy Week, I hope that you will be in prayer, following in the example of our Lord. Please join me here this morning:
Holy Christ, we have come to the end of our Lenten journey, to a Holy Week in which we celebrate all that you did for us, and continue to do for us.
While it will be easy to sing about the joy of resurrection on Easter Sunday, we know that Thursday and Friday come first. It feels strange to “celebrate” the remembrance of your arrest, the way your were humiliated and beaten, and ultimately how you were executed on the cross.
God, we often want to look the other way, to move quickly through the week so that we can get to the joy of Easter sooner. Remind us this week that there can be no resurrection without death. Remind us that you came to seek and save the lost, the hurting and the oppressed; to stand in solidarity with all who suffer.
It is Holy Week, and you invite us to journey with you through all of it. We are not called to skip over the hard parts and just meet you at the end. Rather, you invite us into the deepest moments of pain and abandonment to show us that you will never leave us nor forsake us. That you will be with us in the darkest valley, and that you will bring resurrection and new life to us all.
Bless us today. Prepare us for what is to come as we continue this journey with you to the upper room, to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane with you, to the high priest, Herod and Pilate, to the cross and to the tomb. Thankfully, we know that the story doesn’t end there, we know that resurrection will come on Sunday. But, help us to embrace the fullness of this Holy Week, and not just skip to the end.
In the name of Holy Christ we pray, now and always. Amen.
Please join us in worship this week!
Maundy Thrusday Worship @ 7pm
Good Friday Worship @ 7pm
Easter Sunday Worship @ 7am & 10:30am