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Our journey through Lent is moving toward the holy city of Jerusalem. Over the next few days (Palm Sunday through Holy Week) we will read of our Lord Jesus' triumphal entry and his passion. These are foundational passages in our spiritual lives as Christians. I wanted to remind once again; listen this year to these beautiful Gospel passages with a new set of ear. Listen with an open mind and a seeking heart. Listen like it is the first time you hav...e ever heard these passages. Put yourself in the picture, read the story, pick out words that have special resonance. Close your eyes and place yourself in the crowded street. As you hear of the people shouting the name of Jesus, visualize his features; his nose, his hair, his eyes. Maybe as he is passing by, your eyes meet and he smiles. Jesus is in the distance, and people are pushing you away. Do you stand on your toes to get a better view or do you walk away? Imagine the darkness of the garden, the sight of Jesus being whipped and even the cold, dark, smelly cell where Jesus is sitting. Do you reach out to him? What do these things mean in your life, in our lives. Listen with an open heart and during this week, discover what feelings arise inside. Hold those feelings and carry them with you this week. It will be a week of discovery, growing and a knowing that Christ is near. On Sunday, and during the Holy Week services, bring all those feelings forth. Whether they are fears, tears, laughter or hope and lay them at the foot of the cross. Most blessed week. You are in my prayers, and I ask that we pray for one another.
Liturgy of the Palms:
Liturgy of the Word:
Tuesday 530pm - Bible n' Brew at Fat Squirrel Pub
Maundy Thursday – April 2nd 7pm
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