Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

A Week to Remember

Tomorrow Holy Week begins. We’ve been moving through Lent by looking through the lens of learning to listen better. Our Lent devotional booklet, “Living Well Through Lent 2021 – Listening With All You Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind” has been helpful. It has been particularly relevant to us in our heartbreak: the pandemic, injustice, inequity, violence. Yesterday’s (Friday, March 26, page 57) struck a note with me as we figure out how to live with and listen to grief.

Holy Week is a time we remember grief. We listen to the stories of Jesus going to the cross. We get ready for intense sadness. We hold space for the coming of joy.

Holy Week begins with a parade, with Hosannas, and crowds. We get the party started, knowing where it leads.

Join us for worship tomorrow at 10:00 am via the stream. And join us for Maundy Thursday Worship via Zoom at 7 pm. Good Friday Worship via the stream at 7 pm. The Easter Prayer Vigil on Saturday from 4-8 pm (6 minutes of praying on our own.) That gets us to Easter Sunday where we will worship outdoors at 8:30 pm at 6500 S Quebec St, Centennial and then livestream inside at 10:00 am. It will be good to walk through it all together.

God, hear the prayers we cry, scream and yell about senseless lives lost, the pandemic, the inequities, and the places where we fall short. Hear our prayers of confusion, hopelessness and not knowing what to say or do. Be our refuge and our rock. Help us see you are with us. Give us your peace. Amen. 

Grace and peace,

Vikki

A few quotes for Palm Sunday:

…and the people are to march around the church to commemorate the event, Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem and was greeted with applause and with palms. People thought he had come to overthrow the Romans, but …no…he had come to change THEM…and that led to things turning bad.”

Garrison Keillor

Like splendid palm branches, We are strewn in the Lord’s path.”

Latin Antiphon

The bible does not argue that God needs to be satisfied before show mercy or that God is in debt to anyone or anything. It argues that the problem is ours.”

Donald Juel

You become a hypocrite when you can’t freely be at peace with others, but you can carry green palm leaves to church to commemorate “Palm Sunday!” Throw those palm leaves somewhere; and lay your life down for someone to walk on and get to the destined land!”

Israelmore Ayivor

Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let her catch the revelation of the Jesu sin his resurrection. Let us say not merely, “Christ is risen,” but “I shall rise.”

Phillips Brooks