Dear friends, Like déjà vu, it’s time to prepare for Holy Week in a pandemic… again. Last year at this time, the pandemic had just begun to disrupt our lives and the world. We didn’t know during Holy Week 2020 that we would be in for another whole year of distance and isolation; a year
“If we take our full selves with us this evening to the proximity of the cross, we might ask how an unjust legal system and police forces continue to murder African-American males, including Stephon Clark? Or how xenophobia continues to sow distrust, anger, hate amongst God’s creation? Or how a sibling look can another sibling and say: you do not belong because of your sexuality.”
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.
He had called this man so many names: Rabbi, Messiah, Christ, The Holy One of God. There was more to Jesus than Peter could ever name, and now this man that he devoted his life to was marching toward certain death. So, he stayed there at the gate and waited and watched.
The story of these three days is our story. Reborn in the waters of baptism, we are sent into the world for lives of costly service, but we are not sent alone. So we gather on these nights with those who are preparing to receive the gift of baptism to remember a supper spent with friends, testimony offered the face of empire, and the God of salvation whose story is as old as creation.
A Modern-Day, Way-of-the-Cross Walk for Social Justice Friday, April 18th, beginning at the corner of Michigan & Congress in downtown Chicago, starting at noon On Good Friday (April 18th), our synod’s Working Group on the Middle East will join other social justice organizations in a Walk for Justice sponsored by 8th Day Center for Justice.
The following sermon was preached on Friday, March 29, 2013 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square by seminarian Sarah Rossing. This sermon was based on John 18:1-19:42. Sarah is a second year Master of Divinity student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Here we are again. At the end of Lent,