On Palm Sunday we begin our journey through Holy Week, a journey that takes us to Calvary on Good Friday and then to the empty tomb on Easter morning. Holy Week is the one time in the year when we break the story down: we sit in the different chapters and ask what they mean. Yes we do this with the hindsight of the resurrection and inspired by the Holy Spirit, but we also try to come to new understanding of the pieces which make up the whole picture.
There are services throughout this week to help us journey with Jesus through the Easter story (please click on the link https://www.sunnysidechurch.org.uk/2018/03/14/easter-at-sunnyside-3/ for a full list of services and details of timings).
On Palm Sunday we can wave our palm crosses and join with the crowd who proclaim that ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening we are meeting for prayer to reflect on what Jesus did whilst he was in Jerusalem, remembering that he knew his journey would take him to the cross.
On Thursday we will enter into the events of the Upper Room when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and shared a final meal with his friends.
On Friday we will ponder the enormous price Jesus paid for us as he hung on the cross.
On Saturday we will be gathering as a Messy Church community to explore the meaning of Easter, remembering that Jesus came into the mess of our lives and died so that we could be whole again.
Our journey culminates as we meet together next Sunday to celebrate the life-changing reality that the tomb was empty because Christ is risen.
I would like to encourage you to take part in this journey with us this week. It would be wonderful if you were able to come to some of our services but if that is not possible, do take time to ponder the journey Jesus went on that first Holy Week. I can promise you that if you do, the extraordinary truth of Easter Sunday will be even more full of meaning and joy for you as we exclaim:
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Wishing you all a very blessed Holy Week.
with love and prayers