God of life and death and life after death,
God of parade and cross and empty tomb,
during this holiest of weeks we re-tell the stories of our faith,
preparing for the great surprise that awaits us on Sunday.
But during this holiest of weeks we admit that the hustle and the bustle fills our lives,
leaving us little time to stop and experience the story for ourselves.
Help us find the time to just BE this week.
Amidst all the bustle of preparing all the worship experiences of the week,
may we feel again the passion of the supper, the trial, the death,
so that we can feel again the shock, the awe, the wonder of the empty tomb.
We pray in the name of the one with whom we walk through the week.
Well here we are, the Tuesday of Holy Week. How many services do you have to prepare and participate in this week? How many sermons or meditations are yet to be written? Are there services where the ritual and the Scripture will speak for themselves?
The RCL Readings for Holy Week can be found here.
And of course the irony of being involved in worship preparation in the church is that even as we may try to experience the saga of the week we have to be preparing and thinking about the end result. The worship leader can not have the luxury of experiencing the story and waiting for the surprise of Sunday.
The readings for Easter Sunday Year C can be found here. ANd we have options. John or Luke? Acts or Isaiah? 1 Corinthians or Acts? What passages best help you explore the surprise, the wonder of Easter? What new thing is God doing in your midst? What old thing is being brought back to life in a new form? Where is resurrection a reality?
Share your ponderings and struggles and possibilities in the comments...