Every week has its holiness. Where there is breath, root and vine, water, wind and earth itself, there is holy, holy, holy. Amen.
And yet this week is set apart. It is a remembrance of the last week in which Jesus moved among us in mortal form, the prelude to the mysterious conversion that crowns the week – the phenomenon we call The Resurrection: Jesus’ body inexplicably, beyond any explanation, disappeared from the tomb. Figures dressed in “robes like lightning” pronounce what is obvious as the sun rises: Jesus’ body is not here.
Before that mystery, though, comes the mundane.
Travel. It’s a long walk from Bethany to Jerusalem. Dusty roads. Broken sandal straps. The chaos of the ever-growing crowd. Closer and closer toward Jerusalem, constricting through the gates, crowding tighter through the narrow streets. The need for shade. Water – or wine. Bread. Fish. Oil.
A visit to the temple. Anger!! When will the profit mongers stop?! Is there no limit to the reach of avarice? Even here in the temple courtyard!! Corruption everywhere. And more work to do than time to do it.
Plots. Strategies. Spies and betrayal.
Moments in the garden. Sounds of sleeping.
Prayers under the olive trees and the new moon.
If only this cup could pass by – full or empty – un-drunk.
Then violence. Violence and violence. Torture. Terrorism.
The cross, the nails, the bartering.
The vinegar, the spear, the darkness.
The earthquake, the tearing of the temple curtain.
Jesus himself battered and broken and buried.
Bleeding hearts, deferred dreams. The vision of a new world gone, drenched in despair.
A dreadful numbness. A vigil. What can possibly follow?
Something so beautiful as to knock us to our knees.
The redemption of all that is ruined with this Truth: death does its best and then life does one better!
The resurrection of Jesus. The one singular, solitary event, so very long ago, that speaks across time and geography to demonstrate the power – always and everywhere – of Resurrection Reality. Life does not end, but goes onward, outward, upward, inward, on and on and on.
We move from Hosannah to Hallelujah, and find holiness in between.
Love Grows Here!
Prospect Park United Methodist Church
22 Orlin Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
April 13 is Maundy Thursday Service at Living Spirit UMC. This Communion service is shared with Epworth, Walker and Living Spirit UMCs. Living Spirit UMC is located at 4501 Bloomington Ave. So., Minneapolis.
6:15 combined choir rehearsal (David Nyberg and Frank Trnka leading)
7:00 worship service. (PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE FROM EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT.)
April 14: Good Friday Service hosted by Compassion of Christ, 7-8:30 pm in the PPUMC Sanctuary.
April 15: Saturday Morning Easter Egg party for the neighborhood, 9:30-11 a.m in Community Hall.
April 16: Easter Sunday!! Resurrection Day!!! Sunrise service at 6:20 a.m. on Tower Hill Breakfast in Community hall following...then... Easter Worship service at 10:00 a.m. Potluck lunch in Community Hall after worship.
Please let Pastor Chris know if you plan to take part in this DIY feast.
April’s performance of the Community Concert Series featured the soaring, delightful sounds of the Tower Hill Brass Quintet. Dean Anderson, Marilee Johnson, Jordon Schram, Bob Garnett and Tom Fielitz (pictured L-R) entertained the enthusiastic crowd with a variety of classical and pop favorites, from Rossini’s “William Tell Overture”, to The Beatles’, “When I’m Sixty-Four”! Proceeds from the evening’s freewill offering will be donated to Twin Cities-based Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, bringing together Minnesota’s faith communities to effectively engage and participate in the expanding climate justice movement. You can learn more about their work at http://mnipl.org/ or on Facebook.
Our final performance of the 2016-17 Concert Series calendar takes place Saturday, May 13, 7pm, as we welcome the talented singers of Calliope Women’s Chorus, supporting Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services. We hope to see you there!
Palm Sunday highlights from PPUMC: Kids Time, palm branches, a rousing pipe organ cheer and more!