From the Pastor
March 29, 2015
We and all Christians throughout the world are beginning the most significant week of the year for us. Within this week we celebrate all of the essential elements of our faith.
On Thursday, we recall Jesus' model of service in the washing of the feet and we recall His command to wash each other's feet. On Thursday, we also celebrate the great gift of the Eucharist. We believe this is truly His Body and Blood. Why do we believe this? Because He told us so. He told his disciples, "Unless you eat my body and drink my blood, you do not have life within you.” They challenged Him and some walked away, but He did not 'back off'. He repeated what He said again. He gave us this gift to nourish and strengthen us in order that we can be of service to each other. It is not an accident that both things happened at the same meal; the washing of the feet and the gift of His Body and Blood.
On Friday, we will hear the Passion proclaimed. We will hear of His suffering, torture, reticule, humiliation, His feelings of desperation and being forsaken, etc. We will hear the description of His last breath. We will venerate the Cross as a sign of our appreciation that through the Cross we have the opportunity for salvation. After we hear about His body and blood being given for us, we will receive His body and blood in the Eucharist.
On Saturday night, (purposefully, after sunset) at the Easter Vigil we will bless the fire, light our candles and experience the transformation of the church from darkness into light, symbolizing our life being transformed from darkness into life. We will hear the story of our salvation history beginning with creation and culminating in the Resurrection of Jesus which gives us all hope and new life. We will welcome, London Trusik and Angela Daubert, into the Catholic Church as they are baptized. We will welcome into the Catholic Church, Becky Mueller, (who was baptized as a Presbyterian) as she makes a Profession of Faith to our community. London, Angela and Becky, then will be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time, a sign of their unity with us. We will all have the opportunity to renew our own baptismal promises. We will celebrate that Jesus destroyed death and restored life. This is the central mystery of our faith. St. Paul said, "If Jesus did not rise from the dead, our faith is in vain."
What a week! Technically, there is only one liturgy which begins on Holy Thursday and ends with the Easter Vigil-- the super bowl of all liturgies.
You will find the schedule for all of our Holy Week liturgies elsewhere in this bulletin. We hope and pray you can join us for them.
Have a true Holy Week.