This is a public service reminder.
We are approaching what is known as Holy Week. For the next week, in churches everywhere, there will be an unusual number of public services. There will be public services on Palm Sunday. There will be public services on Maundy Thursday. There will be public services on Good Friday morning, afternoon, and evening. There will be public (vigil) services on Saturday evening. There will be several services on Easter Sunday.
As a result of these services, many people will be feeling unholy during Holy Week.
Many of the people who aren’t going to any one or more of these services will be feeling some sense of peculiarity. They will be wondering whether this feeling is guilt for not fulfilling some cultural custom or some family expectation. They will wonder whether this sense is confirmation that it is, in fact, true that God isn’t going to be happy with them at all. But, truth be told, these people aren’t sure whether it’s appropriate to show up in church just on Easter.
Many of the people who are going to one or more of these services will be feeling some sense of peculiarity. They will be wondering if this feeling is guilt for only fulfilling some cultural custom or family expectation. They will be wondering whether Jesus is going to any of these services which are being held for him. They will feel guilty for not caring enough to concentrate when they are sitting in the services.
Maybe you are one of these people. I understand. Because I feels some sense of peculiarity during Holy Week.
I’ll try to help all of us next week. Here’s my first help. The first time around, there wasn’t a Holy Week celebration. There was Jesus. Celebrated. Rejected. Killed. Alive.
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Sometimes I look around church and wonder how many of us would be left if you removed everyone who came only out of guilt or obligation or social convention. Not judging, because I do it as well. Not sure what my point is, except that it’s really odd that I believe Jesus is exactly who He claimed He is but He still doesn’t always fit in with the other stuff in my life.
So if I go to a special service I feel odd, and if I don’t go I feel odd, and why should it be about my feelings anyway? I better stop–this “comment” is becoming a blog post! But thanks for the reminder that even those who have this stuff figured out don’t really have it figured out.
Amen and amen
This is always a good reminder to get, since at some level, we’re all guilty. In Russia, the term for Easter actually translates to Resurrection, and this is usually glossed over for the higher profile Christmas, which is the celebration of his birth, complete with gifts!!! I rant, because I love….
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