Today marks the beginning of Holy Week: the start of Christ's journey from the expectant praise of the crowds on Palm Sunday, through the humble, self-giving love shared on Maundy Thursday, to the horrible suffering and shame endured on the cross on Good Friday, and finally to the world-changing hope of His resurrection at Easter.
During the season of Lent we have been on a journey preparing for Holy Week through prayer, repentance, fasting, reflection, and generosity, intentionally returning to the basics of our faith: our calling to lives of holy love, our deep need for forgiveness and grace, and above all the gift of God's salvation in Jesus Christ the Lord.
Here is the sixth and final video in a series from the Bible Project exploring the Shema, a passage of Scripture at the heart of both the Jewish and Christian faith: "Hear, Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, NASB)
Instead of a Sermon this Sunday, we are invited to spend some more time reflecting on the Gospel readings, both of the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, but also of His faithful sacrifice on the cross. In our Morning Prayer service the Gospel reading has several invitations to pause and prayerfully reflect on the unfolding story.
Please do not rush through this time, but invite the Holy Spirit of God to make known the significance of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done. It may be beneficial to slowly read the Gospel aloud, and to make a note of any parts of the reading that especially stand out. Throughout the coming week, bring all these things to God of prayer.
Our service of Morning Prayer, and Bulletin this week can be found here:
And our Songs this week can be found here: