Lots of families getting together on the long weekend. I hope all the gatherings are good ones, with some rejoicing due to spring making a return by then.
For some, Easter is not complete without a trip to church. Here at Glen Rhodes we are worshipping several times: Thursday evening, Friday morning and then the big service on Easter Day (at 10:30 a.m.).
They are all different. Thursday evening remembers Jesus' last supper with his followers, his re-imagining of bread and wine after the meal to take even the death of a lamb out of the equation, then the events that followed the meal--his praying in the garden, arrest and trial. The service at Glen Rhodes includes communion.
Friday morning commemorates the events of his final day of life as Jesus of Nazareth. His suffering is known as his passion, from the old Latin wording for emotions. We will be reflecting on scripture and also the human tendency to be guided by things such as envy, anger and greed--our day to day emotions that so often get in the way of our better, more compassionate selves.
Easter is the big one--the choir in full voice, the organ adding its exultations, extra faces in the congregation. At Easter, Christians proclaim their insistence that love is stronger than fear. This is based on startling stories handed down to us through the ages about Jesus reappearing here and there when his followers got together. They thought of him no longer as Jesus, the man, but as the powerful Jewish concept of a Saviour: Messiah. Someone who comes to stick up for the little people, make things right, spread peace and justice among those oppressed by an uncaring economy.
Whether or not your weekend includes a trip to a place of worship, I hope it will have enough peace to make it restful, and enough yearning for justice in the world to get you going again when it's over.