From the Pastor 4.9.19

Dear St. Mark’s, 

This upcoming Sunday marks the beginning of the end of the Lenten Season, launching us into Holy Week. 

I hope you’ve seen by now the numerous Holy Week events taking place at St. Mark’s. Easter, like Christmas, is a busy season and it’s easy to get swept up in the business of it all. Join us for our services to slow down the week and make it more meaningful and sacred.

While it has been tradition for the Rolling Hills Church to join us for Palm Sunday, this year will be different as they have to get on the road to arrive at the border by a certain time. As such, we will be holding a special early morning blessing service for them at 8:15 a.m. All are
invited to join. 

Pancake Sunday will still go on but it will begin a bit later, at 8 a.m. and run until its usual 9:15 a.m. 

And finally, I will be preaching on a message close to my heart this Sunday. Palm Sunday is typically a celebratory Sunday but it has a dark overcast to it. Jesus enters Jerusalem triumphantly, with people waving palms as in a royal procession. But we readers, as well as Jesus, know the dramatic irony of this scene as Jesus is marching towards his eventual death. 

He knows what is coming but he presses on with intention and commitment. He openly asks God to “take this cup of suffering away” but surrenders to the natural outcome of events.

How many of us face difficulties in our lives and long to run away, resist or distract ourselves? What would it look like for us to surrender in the same way Jesus did, willing to be changed? Could we also, like Jesus, be transformed? Could the darkness be turned into light as we go through the darkness?

As Easter people, the answer is an obvious yes. And yet…and yet…we still resist. Come out on Sunday to explore this idea and invitation together.

In this together,

Rev. Lydia