This coming Sunday, April 13, 2014, marks the beginning of Holy Week with Passion Sunday. During this week, we recall the final days of Jesus’ life, leading up to the observance of his death by crucifixion on Good Friday. In preparation for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, we pause to remember the very human Jesus who faced the pain of betrayal, the temptation of doubt and the very real human fear of suffering and death. We also have an opportunity to witness the tools that Jesus used to help him continue through the worst of human experiences, and to learn through his example. Holy Week is a terrific time to remember Jesus as an example of what it means to be fully human so that we can grow in our ability and comfort with our own humanness.
In the spirit of Holy Week, instead of offering a traditional service, I have created a Holy Week Retreat experience. I am inviting you to set aside 1-2 hours this week to enter into your own Holy Week Retreat using the resources provided on the Weekly Service page. Please go to the “Weekly Service” page HERE for your video instructions and appropriate links in support of your retreat. You may wish to divide the experience into two or three parts:
1) scripture reading
2) music meditation activity
3) processing the above meditation through journaling, etc.
I hope you find this retreat experience rewarding and an appropriate way to prepare for the celebration of Easter.
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