Good Friday

Luke 23:33-34, 44-46

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.

Psalm 31:3-5

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

“A new sort of power will be let loose upon the world, and it will be the power of self-giving love. This is the heart of the revolution that was launched on Good Friday. You cannot defeat the usual sort of power by the usual sort of means. If one force overcomes another, it is still ‘force’ that wins. Rather, at the heart of the victory of God over all the powers of the world there lies self-giving love, which, in obedience to the ancient prophetic vocation, will give its life ‘as a ransom for many.’” (N.T. Wright, The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion)

Maundy Thursday

What Does “Maundy” Mean?

Derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment,” Maundy refers to the command Jesus gave his disciples in the Upper Room at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another.

John 13:12-17

12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

From the Lectionary:

Eternal God, in the sharing of a meal your Son established a new covenant for all people, and in the washing of feet he showed us the dignity of service. Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these signs of our life in faith may speak again to our hearts, feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies. Amen.

Show Some Love

Mark 12:28-31

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”

Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, here are a few ways to show yourself and your neighbor some love:

  • PRAY
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, and maintain 6 ft of social distancing if you are around others. Do not shake hands. Social distancing is extremely important to protect our neighbors from being infected. You do not have to be actively sick to carry the virus or pass it to others!
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, then wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Immediately throw away used tissues.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Don’t forget those cell phones!
  • PRAY

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Cor. 13:14)

Scripture Reading

Sharing a link with you today for the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL).

The RCL is a three-year cycle (years A, B, and C) of weekly scriptures used by mainline Protestant churches in Canada and the United States. The RCL is built around the seasons of the Church year, and includes four scriptures for each Sunday: a reading from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading chosen from Matthew, Mark, or Luke. During the season of Easter, the Hebrew Bible scripture is usually replaced with one from the Acts of the Apostles. We are currently in Year A of the three-year cycle. A new lectionary year begins on the first Sunday of Advent.

And don’t forget about the “Lenten Devotional through Mark” that was in our bulletins this past Sunday, as well as the steps in Lectio Divina. A photo of the insert is below in case you’re like me and sometimes don’t make it home with the inserts! Or the bulletin!

God be with you!