March 31, 2024

Dearly beloved,

As I sit down to write this, it is Maundy Thursday. We are preparing to remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. At the end of this meal, Jesus heads to Gethsemane where the events of Good Friday unfold one after the other.

This many years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. we often want to head right from Palm Sunday to Easter. We want the celebrations and don’t want to walk alongside Jesus through his Passion. We are fine with sitting at the table with Jesus, but can we skip Friday??

Yet, we find ourselves living in a Friday world. As we watched with horror, the collapse of the bridge in Baltimore, as we continue to mourn the loss of life in Ukraine & Gaza, as we are mindful that as the shelter closes for another season that our guests will once again have to find somewhere to sleep – we live a Friday life.

Yet, we call this Friday – Good! Recalling what God said at the beginning of creation, we know that God’s intentions for our world is only good, that the brokenness is not caused by God, but by us. It is Good because Jesus entered into our Fridays. It is Good because Jesus gave of his body and blood to those who would betray, deny and desert him. It is Good because God’s story does not end with our sin and the brokenness of this world – but rather rises again on the first day of the week!

We do thank God for being with us in our Fridays! And we rejoice that Sunday dawns with the everlasting love and grace of Christ!

Join us for this walk with Jesus as we see once again what our God does for us – not just long ago but now as well!

Peace and blessings in Christ, Pastor Jen

P.S. This reminds me of a great sermon by Tony Campolo called “Its Friday, but Sunday is coming” – check it out at: It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming from Tony Campolo

Peace in Christ,

Pastor Jen

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)