The Three Days: this is the highlight of the church year. The most ancient of our worship practices, the Triduum (meaning “three days”) is three separate gatherings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday that make up one service. Each time we meet there is a distinctly different feel and focus.
Today we are insisting on a new social contract. A contract that holds the people charged with defending and protecting us accountable for their deeds and misdeeds. A contract that does not criminalize poverty. A contract that does not collude with detentions and deportations.
This year’s action will begin with a joint worship service at Humboldt Park United Methodist Church (2120 N. Mozart St.) beginning at 10:30am and ending by noon. Following a light lunch for those marching, there will be a street parade — a procession with palm branches and signs — ending on the east side of Palmer Square.
My grandmother reminded her family through her lived example that to be a Christian is to be the constant vanguard of love, to cull a vision of community out of the darkest times, when we feel we’re at our most vulnerable.
How did you become a Christian? Who passed on to you what they in turn had received from others? Who have been your teachers in the faith? Whose words, actions, witness or example have you followed as you practiced your faith?
The Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance (LSEA), of which St. Luke’s is a founding member, has been selected by the faculty of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) to receive their annual “Community of the Cross” award.
Finally, in the 35th ward, we may find the promise of “room at the inn” – housing justice and development that prioritizes people over profit. With this action, LSEA celebrates the hope of “room at the inn,” even while we continue to demand full public/affordable housing justice.
As our first midweek worship service coincides with the global observance of World AIDS Day, we will gather this Thursday, December 1st at 7pm to remember those we have lost, and to draw strength from the witness of those whose determination and perseverance continue to change the world for good.
As we shift into this season of being awake and aware, we also shift into a new season of sharing testimonies within the community. We would like to extend you this invitation: Do you have a story to tell?