We began the journey of Holy Week with our observance of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. The observance of Holy Week, which includes special worship services that mark Jesus’ final days with his disciples, is a practice that comes from the early Church. Holy Week is not a time for us to become fixated on our sinfulness and the betrayal of Jesus’ followers (and our own). We wear crosses made of palm fronds, wash each other’s feet, and hear the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday not as a way to role play the last days of Jesus, but as a way of remembering.
In the Church, we have a rather fancy and technical word for the type of remembering we are called on to do in the Eucharist and in our observances of Holy Week –anamnesis. Marion Hatchett describes it like this: “The concept of anamnesis is basic to Jewish-Christian tradition. Anamnesis is the antithesis of amnesia. A person with amnesia has lost identity and purpose. To know who you are, to whom you belong, and where you are headed, you must remember.”
You are invited to join us for worship this week, on campus and at our special services at Trinity Commons. Join us to remember who you are and to whom you belong. Join us to remember that in triumphant and betrayal, God remains faithful and forgiving.
Tuesday 6 pm is pasta night, on the menu is a deceptively simple comfort pasta: Pasta with Ricotta. It’s like an Italian macaroni and cheese but much richer and so good. Join us at 6pm for the cooking and the eating.
Thursday, 6 pm, is our Maundy Thursday Service. Join us for a service that remembers Jesus’ final night with his disciples. This service will include a footwashing (for those that wish to), Eucharist, and stripping of the altar.
Friday, 6 pm, is our Good Friday Service. We will hear the Passion of Jesus and remember his suffering and death. We will also offer special prayers for ourselves, the Church, and the World, and share Holy Communion from the reserved Sacrament.
On Campus This Week
Tuesday we’ll be on campus at BSC. Thomas will be around the front of the Caf around 9am until around 11am, so stop by to say hey, share how the semester is going, or ask for a prayer to get through the day. Then come join us for our short Holy Week Eucharist and prayer in Yeilding Chapel at 11:45am. We’ll be in the Caf for lunch after that and you’re welcome to join us then too.
Wednesday we’ll be on campus at Samford. Thomas will be around in the Univ. Center (by the O. Henry’s) around 9am until around 11:30am, so stop by to say hey, share how the semester is going, or ask for a prayer to get through the day. Then come join us for our short Holy Week Eucharist and prayer in Reid Chapel at Noon. We’ll be in the Caf for lunch after that and you’re welcome to join us then too.
Thursday is our last time together for the school year. It’s almost over my friends, one more week of classes, then exams, then summer. You can do this so don’t let it overwhelm you. As always, Thomas will be in the Hill Center around 10am until 3pm. Come by and have lunch, coffee, share what’s on your mind, or ask for a prayer for exam prep. We hope to see you one more time before the end of classes.