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.
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.
As an aid to further reflect on the significance of Jesus' death, here is an excellent blog post written by the folks at the Bible Project, exploring how the Holy Scriptures help us understand why Jesus went to the cross for us.
Our service of Morning Prayer, and Bulletin this week can be found here:
And our Songs this week can be found here:
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Rev. Rob serves as the Priest-in-Charge at St. Luke's Gondola Point, and as the School Chaplain at Rothesay Netherwood School