Parm Sunday...no wait, Palm Sunday!
Come and celebrate chicken parm Sunday...no wait Palm Sunday.
Enjoy this dramatic presentation of the Gospel: Luke 19:28-40
Skit written and performed by Saint James Players:
Fred Momaney and Kevin Hollister
Come and enter into a Holy Week
By Rev. Heather Blais, Rector
This Lent we have been prayerfully pondering the words of a young evangelical chaplain, Frank Powell, in his article the 9 Sins the Church is Okay With. In his article, he writes about the way the sins of fear, apathy, gluttony, worry, flattery, comfort, consumerism, patriotism, and lying are all socially acceptable in Christian circles. Primarily because, by themselves, they do not seem particularly scandalous. As a result, the Church often looks the other way. Yet what Powell so urgently wants us to see, is that when we allow ourselves to get too comfortable with any of these behaviors, we stunt our growth as people of faith and we carry on with our lives as though these behaviors weren’t actually harming us.
Throughout Lent, we used Powell’s insights as a lens into each gospel lesson. What we found, week in and week out, were the parallels between the struggles of the people that Jesus encountered in his public ministry and our own struggles. In the gospel lessons we found people that remained stuck, unwilling to grow into the person God created them to be. Yet we also found people that had been forever changed by an encounter with the Living God. What was the difference between these folks?
The people that were stuck, had turned their faces from God. They tried to separate themselves from God by steering their own ship, doing what they thought was best. Yet in the process they would become stuck, unwilling to fully flourish into the person God created them to be. While the people that were flourishing, had chosen to face God. They yearned for a relationship with God, and want God’s help navigating the waters of this life. Those that faced God not only were transformed, but God used them to help transform others too. Because to encounter the Living God is to be changed, transformed.
It is a lifelong relationship that heals old wounds, that reconciles us to God and the world, and causes us to grow and flourish in ways we never could have imagined. But this transformative relationship is not just available to a few lucky people. It is available to all of us, and God yearns for us to be in relationship. Even those of us who have turned away and hidden our faces from God. Because while we may have hidden our faces from God--God is still right here, present every single moment, patiently waiting for us to show our faces again. Like a baby playing peekaboo with their parent, one moment there, and the next seemingly gone, we know in truth the parent is always right there. So is God.
God is with us, right here, right now as we begin this Holiest of Weeks.
In our worship this week, we will recount the events of Jesus final week from his unusual, and yet grand, procession into Jerusalem, to the last Supper and his death on the cross, to that glorious morning when his disciples discover an empty tomb. This week I won’t be giving you a question to prayerfully ponder or a challenge to consider. Instead, I simply will invite you into experiencing this week.
There is a reason we call it a holy week. When we immerse ourselves in the music and special liturgies, we open ourselves to God. In the process, we may find God asking us to go deeper, or to share a part of ourselves that we may have kept hidden from God without fully realizing. We may find God eager to see us through the next transformation in our journey of faith, as God helps us to flourish into the people God created us to be.
My prayer for each of you, is that this will be a Holy Week in your relationship with God, and that you will acquire an ever deepening sense of who it is God created you to be. Amen.
Meet our preachers
Rev. Heather Blais,
Rev. Dr. Molly Scherm,
Rev. Deacon Ann Wood,
Lay Preacher, Postulant
Lay Preacher, Verger
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