Next week, people from all over the world will be celebrating the life, death, & resurrection of Christ. For many of us however, this time of reflection and celebration can sneak up on us. We are so preoccupied with the urgency of the now, and the demands of daily life, that we come upon Holy Week with a numbness. It is easy to celebrate a holiday merely going through the motions, and never let the reason why you're celebrating really sink in. We can feel so distant from the meaning of the nails, the cross, the torn veil, and the deep beauty they entail.
So how can we prepare to celebrate this coming Holy Week? How can we stir up within ourselves the great joy that we should feel during this time of reflection and worship? King David in Psalm 103:1-4 shows us how:
Throughout the Psalms, King David would speak truth to himself, when he was numb or his soul was saddened. He tells himself here to "Praise the Lord," and to not forget all of God's blessings of redemption, healing, love, compassion, and forgiveness.
A practical way we can remind ourselves of God's goodness, is to reflect upon his Word. In John Piper's Holy Week devotional called "Love to the Uttermost" (Free download available here) he does just that for the 8 days of Holy week. Each day has a short reflection that can help point our eyes upward, and remind us of the beauty of the cross. Will you join with us as we read through this week of devotions? Let's prepare our hearts for deep reflection and celebration of what Christ has done for us!
Also, we welcome you to join us for a weekend of celebration! On Friday, March 30th at 7:00 pm for our Good Friday Gathering and Sunday, April 1st for our Easter Sunday Gathering at 10:00 am at 400 E. High St. Jefferson City, MO.
Good Friday is a holiday focused on remembrance and repentance. During this event, we come together to take communion, worship through song and hear about Christ's sacrifice on the cross. On Sunday, we will meet together again to celebrate the risen King Jesus!
We look forward to seeing you over Easter weekend!