Good Folks, it is Friday, April 12, 2019. Some things are worth repeating and sharing. Enjoy.
When Robert Louis Stevenson, racked by tuberculosis, was nearing the end of his life, his wife came in one morning and said, “I suppose in spite of all your trouble, you will tell me again that it is a beautiful day.” The great novelist answered, “Yes, my dear. I refuse to let that row of medicine bottles be the circumference of my horizon.”
In just a couple of days, we will celebrate Palm Sunday. How far back can you remember on this day? Living in Corpus Christ, palm trees were as common there as oak trees are here. We had palm trees to strip the tree’s branches from and bring to church. Or you could buy them from a floral shop. We brought the palm branches and laid them at the base of the church chancel area. Thus began our Palm Sunday worship service.
Not much has changed in my life on Palm Sunday. Most churches will be doing similar acts to begin worship on Sunday as well. It is a time to remember that Jesus rode into Jerusalem knowing that five days later he would be crucified–from being welcomed into a city as a king of hope, to being crucified for insurrection to the government.
Jesus was not going to let the cross determine the “circumference of his horizon.” Jesus knew what had to happen to accomplish God’s ultimate will for his people. Jesus rode into Jerusalem looking from the balcony of what the world needed in a relationship with God. And Jesus knew that the ultimate sacrifice at the altar of humanity would be the last sacrifice needed…if only humanity would believe.
Friends, this Sunday begins Holy Week. I sometime struggle understanding “What is holy about Holy Week?” for the week prepares us for eternity.
Read Matthew 21ff, Mark 11ff, and Luke 19: 28ff these next few days. Read and reread the journey Jesus made for you and me those last days of his life. It is all about love. I cannot begin to understand Holy Week. I am called to believe it, respond in love from it and realize that I am called to love others by sharing this story to all who have yet to hear it…
There will be Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 7PM in the sanctuary. Lots of music will be played and sung. Boeun Kim will sing Pie Jesu on Friday and the Last Seven Words of Christ from the Cross will be proclaimed from the pulpit and lectern. Friday will be a service of darkness, the seemingly moment of hopelessness for humanity.
Invite others to these services. You will have been a part of blessing others by your invitation.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (email@example.com)