“But we proclaim Christ crucified”
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
The Episcopal Church
Some things just don’t make much sense. Water doesn’t become wine, bread and fish do not suddenly multiply, the lame do not jump up and walk. And most certainly, dead people stay dead, especially those who experience the horrific death of crucifixion! And yet, where Jesus is involved, all kinds of things that don’t make much sense…happen. In those earliest years of the Jesus Movement, his followers didn’t wear crosses around their necks or hang them in the homes in which they worshipped. They had other symbols, certainly, but not crosses. Crucifixion was not a historical curiosity, but a still present reality, and an agonizing and shameful one at that. To be crucified was to be executed as a common criminal. Worse, according to the Hebrew Scriptures, cursed was one who hung on a tree, on the wood of a cross. So to speak of “Christ crucified” didn’t make sense to many. It was a stumbling block, something foolish or offensive. But Paul said otherwise. Yes, Jesus could have avoided the cross, found some other way around it. But instead he faced the worst the world could throw at him, and then broke through death itself, and leave an empty cross behind as witness to his astonishing victory. Some things don’t make much sense. The cross is one of them. But it stands now and forever as our rallying cry that God—not injustice, not suffering, not even death—has the final, victorious word.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace. Amen.
(Prayer for Mission, Morning Prayer II, The Book of Common Prayer 1979, The Episcopal Church)
Rector’s Corner: I would like to thank you all for your continued support and faithfulness to our parish of St. Michael’s. Once again, you have shown your unwavering love through your participation in our Annual Vestry meeting. To all who offered food, goodies, sandwiches, fruits and drinks, your generosity is much appreciated. To the newly elected council members, I look forward to another year of collaboration focused on membership growth, stewardship and making our congregation a presence in the community. I ask your prayers for our leadership team as we face another challenging yet exciting year of mission and ministry development. Our ultimate goal is to invite more people to come and join our church family. Thank you so much. Blessings.
2018 Holy Week and Easter Worship Services
- Palm Sunday: Services @ 8:30 & 10am.
- Holy Mon. Tues and Wed.: Silent meditation from 9am to 2pm in the Sanctuary.
- Maundy Thursday Service @ 6:30pm.
- Good Friday Service at 12 noon.
- Easter Sunday: Joint Worship Service at 10am
Holy Communion with Music. Easter Egg hunting in the Millennium Hall after the 10am Service.
Just a reminder that all of us who have copies of the Lenten Study Booklet continue to reflect using the journey in “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John”. Please note that there are more available resources for you to use for reflection by logging on to this website – http://www.meetingjesusinjohn.org
Clergy of the Peace Arch deanery: St. Michael’s, would host next month’s meeting. Clergy have agreed to do a “Walking Meditation” as part of our Lenten journey.