A Day of Mourning

April 11, 2020

Holy Saturday                             

For the disciples, today was a day of mourning. A day of confusion. A day of bewilderment.

Each scattered and apart from one another. Each, perhaps, reflecting on the meal they had with Jesus just a couple of days earlier. Trying to remember what he said.

Did he say “Take this in remembrance of me”? It seemed odd at the time. A bit dramatic. But now? No. Now, I understand. Now, it makes sense.

He must have realized that his message of love was too radical for the religious authorities to abide. His willingness to eat with those on the margins, to have compassion and care for the outsider, his example, even command, to tear down boundaries that divide people, revealing God’s love and grace comes in many forms and expressions. That “love your neighbor” isn’t only for those who look like us, believe like us, love like us. “Neighbor” is everyone, even our adversaries. Well, that was just too radical.

I can’t believe he’s really gone. My teacher. My friend.

He said “remember me.”

By tomorrow many of the disciples will have made their way back to one another, but today, they are scattered. Today, they each begin to navigate the journey of grief. There’s no hope of resurrection in their minds; in their hearts. Only loss.

We know and anticipate the rest of the story. But today…

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Palm Sunday – Year A
The Passion of our Lord according to Matthew

 

Transcript:

This Palm Sunday, as with every Palm Sunday, we hear the Passion story. This year, it’s from Matthew’s gospel. Instead of having it in our worshiping sanctuary and hearing it from many adult voices, we have a virtual Zoom version, told in the voices of our teens from Church of the Servant. I don’t know about you, but for me it holds even more meaning hearing it in their voices and knowing that they came together to do it for us as a worshiping community.

A couple of days before the taping of that Passion story, I got a text from Jesus’s mom. Read the rest of this entry »

Com-PASSION of Christ

April 14, 2019

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Palm Sunday
Luke 22:14-23:56

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Enough

March 25, 2018

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Palm & Passion Sunday
Mark 14:1-15:47

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The entire passion story was read using the dramatic reading of Mark’s Gospel found at this link: Lectionary Page

 

 

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