Dear Resurrection Family,
This weekend is Palm Sunday and kicks off Holy Week – the most important week of the year for Christians. In today’s enote I’ll walk you through the many events planned here at Resurrection for this week when Christians mark the final week of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
Palm Sunday is also Passion Sunday within Christianity. We remember both Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem on Holy Week and that the week ends with his crucifixion. We’ll begin our services with palm leaves and singing Hosannas, but halfway through the service we turn to Good Friday, and Christ’s crucifixion.
Every year on Good Friday, in my prayers and reflections, I turn to the seven statements Jesus makes from the cross, what are traditionally called the “seven last words.” In this weekend’s sermon, I’ll walk you through these seven final utterances of Jesus and we’ll consider what they tell us about Jesus and how they speak to our lives. We’ve been preaching through the five essential practices of the Christian life this Lent; we’ll find that all five are practiced by Jesus on the cross.
As we prepare for Easter, we really need your help. Easter is one of those “all hands-on deck” weekends when our attendance more than doubles – we’ll have over 20,000 people here. Here are some ways to serve at our Easter services on April 20 and 21:
Last weekend I preached about sharing our faith. Our Easter radio spots are an easy way to share our faith and to invite others to worship with you for Easter. Click here to list to the radio spots and to learn how you can post them on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages to invite your friends to worship.
Join our children at 7 pm in the Leawood sanctuary. The show is 40 minutes in length and a great event for children and families. Our anchors will bring you breaking news stories with Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Miriam. There’s no charge for this wonderful Friday night event.
Grab the kids, find the Easter baskets, and join us for an awesome family event at Resurrection Leawood! Tomorrow, Saturday, April 13, from 10 am to noon (rain or shine), your early childhood to elementary aged children will enjoy the egg hunt, magic shows, Easter Bunny, petting zoo, photo booths, scavenger hunts and much more! If you register for this event, you’ll also be entered to win some fabulous family prize packages!
We are also collecting new pairs of socks for our Mission ministry! Click here for more information and a full schedule of activities.
As we progress through Holy Week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, our Lenten study concludes with “Journey to the Cross” – a powerful prayer and reflection experience taking you through 12 stations of the cross. This is held in the Foundry Hall and is recommended for ages 4th grade through adult. Register here for guided or self-guided tour times.
On Thursday of Holy Week, Jesus was at the Passover Seder with his disciples. This would be the Last Supper he would eat with them before his death. We call this Maundy Thursday from the Latin mandatum, from which we have our words "mandate" and "command."
On that night at the Last Supper Jesus gave his disciples three commandments: Love one another, serve one another and remember him through a meal of bread and wine. We’ll remember Jesus' words and the events of this holy night as we share Holy Communion together in our Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm on April 18. Plan to join us at Leawood, West or Blue Springs for this moving service of worship and communion.
On this day Christians remember the suffering and death of Jesus. At Resurrection Leawood, we invite you to stop by the Wesley Chapel any time between 6 am and 10 pm where you will find a devotional guide to help you reflect upon Christ’s passion. We will pray for every member of the congregation by name on that day. The cross will be erected in the chapel and candles will be available to light.
At 3 pm, the hour of Jesus’ death, there will be a short service to mark the moment of his death.
A second way to observe Good Friday is to take the prayer walk. It begins in the narthex of the Leawood sanctuary and takes you outside to eight stations where you pause to pray as you mark the life, death and resurrection of Christ. The distance is approximately the distance that Jesus walked from sentencing to the place of his crucifixion – a path that, in Jerusalem, is called the “Via Dolorosa,” the way of suffering.
Easter weekend will be beautiful, moving and filled with hope. We'll have a variety of services Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21. Each campus pastor will walk you through the service times this weekend. Click here to see a full schedule of Easter services. I’ll share more with you this weekend in worship.
I want to thank the Resurrection volunteers who helped with the AARP Tax-Aide program. I don’t know how many of you know we host this, and that some of our members assist with the program. There were 554 low- to moderate-income persons who received help filing their taxes through this program, hosted at Resurrection Leawood’s Foundry, this year. I’m grateful for the partnership with AARP and for the volunteers who gave their time to serve others in this way!
Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of the shooting at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park that claimed the lives of Bill Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno. This Monday is the SevenDays Faith, Love & Walk. This is a chance to walk with others from across Kansas City as a visible expression of the desire to overcoming evil with good.
The walk is being held Downtown this year, starting from the Liberty Memorial with pre-walk events starting at 6, the walk begins at 6:30 and there will be food trucks and music at the conclusion of the walk. For more information and to register, click here.
I’m so looking forward to Holy Week with you, Resurrection, as we walk with Jesus from Palm Sunday to Easter!
Join us this weekend as we remember the final words of Jesus from the cross.
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