“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”
This event, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, has changed everything and also is still changing everything through the work of the Holy Spirit. Before arriving at the celebration of the resurrection, which we celebrate every Sunday that we gather for worship, there are many opportunities to prepare our hearts and minds. Every liturgical year, Christ the King gathers for an intensive or crash course in Christian identity and life. On Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, worship will include liturgies that use hearing, singing, eating, and praying, forming us again into the people who announce to the world that the cross and resurrection are connected. As Tony Campolo famously once said, “It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming!” We gather together during these holy days to acknowledge our shared need for forgiveness, for life, for “re-formation” in the faith that God daily gifts us with. The readings, hymns, liturgies, and prayers may sound familiar, but never lose sight of the fact that you and I are different people than we were. God is shaping us, molding us, and transforming us every day in a myriad of ways including worship.
Here is a brief review of what is to come during this year’s Holy Week:
March 20th – Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday worship at 8:30 and 11:00 including a procession of palm branches and a dramatic reading of the Passion, and Intergenerational Sunday School at 9:45 with a surprise for the youth.
March 24th – Maundy Thursday worship at 7 with First Communion and stripping of the altar.
March 25th – Good Friday worship at noon on the square in Twinsburg for the Stations of the Cross.
March 25th – Good Friday worship at 7 pm.
March 26th – Easter Vigil at 8 pm.
March 27th – Easter Sunday worship at 8:30 and 11:00.
This prayer is one of the options for Easter Sunday;
“God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke