Dear Christ Church,
I’m really excited about what we have lined up for our Maundy Thursday (something new) and Good Friday (something familiar) services!
Maundy Thursday, 8 pm. Please join us for an Evening Prayer service with a special teaching by Dr. Sandra Richter, Professor of Old Testament at Westmont College, who will explore the gospel accounts to draw out the meaning of the Supper our Lord instituted. Dr. Richter is a campus favorite (and my son’s current professor, and Fr. Matt’s former seminary professor) and respected scholar. She will address questions such as, “How did the disciples experience Jesus’ words when they were observing Passover? On what biblical tradition and shared experience was Jesus drawing as he broke the bread and said, ‘This is my body,’ and took the cup and said, ‘This is my blood’?”
Good Friday, 8 pm. Those of you who have attended a Good Friday service at Christ Church in the past will know how impactful this service is. Seven speakers have been preparing to respond to the last Seven Words of Christ during his crucifixion with their own story of suffering. Please note that some of the content of the personal testimonies may not be suitable for children under 12. The service should be under 1 hour and 40 minutes, which happens to be the length of The Prince of Egypt (the story of Moses, the Passover, and the Exodus) if you need to plan an alternative activity for your children in another room.
This is an unprecedented Holy Week in Christ Church’s history. Yet, in the midst of so many changes, the rhythm of the liturgical calendar can give some grounding to our practice as Christ-followers, and ultimately our foundation lies in Christ, his incarnation, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection. We enter the Gospel this week and its transformative power in our lives. Please see the Holy Week page on our website for formational and devotional resources for adults, youth, and children!
Under His Mercy,