The beginning of a journey is sometimes the most interesting part. Last Sunday morning we saw a pretty amazing storm run through Big Rapids Michigan. Trees were all over and the power was out for many people. When I made it to church early Sunday morning we had no power and no heat. It was going to be an interesting beginning to our journey of holy week. Yet 56 people came to celebrate Palm Sunday. I was amazed by the willingness of people who had no power and probably more important for many no coffee, make it to worship. As a staff we gathered at Church and wondered what we should do. We felt that when people came we should worship. So we got up there and did it. The light was shining in for the beginning of the service but mid way through clouds came rolling back in and you could hardly see. Pastor mid sermon had to get a light just to read from the scripture for the message. It has to be the first time I have ever seen anything like it. It was amazing and probably one of the most profound worship services I have every been to. (By the way at late service we had power which made doing the songs and screens we had planned for that service much easier.)
Holy week for a church worker is always busy and hectic, however it is one of my favorite times of year. I love the way our worship service really lasts all week. It is a continuation of the story. Palm Sunday is the beginning with our king coming to fulfill what he was meant to do. He was meant to be the Messiah who has come to save us. While sitting in the dark I was struck by how amazing it is that we have a God who loved us enough to come in our dark place and be our Messiah. As we shout hosanna, God save us, I am reminded of our need for that savior Jesus. For six weeks we have waited. We have gone through lent and examined the destruction of sin. We have seen the “storms” come upon us. Sunday we examined the real reason Jesus came. He came to save us. He came as a servant who will give himself freely on our behalf. The one who calmed the storm, cast our demons and raised the dead has come to bring us hope in our storm.
This week as you enjoy the journey. As you spent time with Jesus on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday may you be reminded of the reason the king came to Jerusalem. Not to be crowned the great king but to be the great servant king. May we remember that even in our dark places Jesus has come to save us. And to that we shout hosanna!! God save us! Enjoy the journey my friends.