Is This a Holy Week for You?

holy weekToday is Maundy Thursday, a day historically to remember the night when Jesus gathered in an upper room with his disciples, washed his disciples’ feet, shared the bread and the wine, and then went out to the garden to make a final surrender in prayer. This is the night when Jesus was betrayed, denied, and taken by the authorities to a mock trial that rushes the whole generation towards judgment.

This was supposed to be a holy week for all of Israel. Daniel had prophesied as to the time when Messiah would come. This was the time of God’s visitation. The loud hosannas had been shouted on the street at the beginning of the week as the people “made a highway for their King”.  But, now it seemed that evil and wickedness had stepped in to steal, kill, and destroy the hope that many held in their hearts.

What continued to make this a holy week was the willingness for the Messiah to suffer for us. What made this a holy week was Jesus. As John the Baptist had proclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” So, it was that “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.  By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.” (Isaiah 53: 7 – 8)

Yes, this is a holy week for God says, through the prophet Isaiah, that the Lord will suffer all these things to make a people who are holy unto Him. Is this a holy week for you? As my friend Dr. Jim Lavender asks, “Is the life you’re living worth Jesus dying for?”

We give thanks together for the Lord’s sacrifice for us beginning this evening at 7:00 PM through a focused time of prayer, devotion, and Holy Communion.  Tomorrow night, we will worship in our Good Friday service at 7:00 PM and Sunday our schedule is:

Sunrise Service 6:30 AM

Breakfast, following the service

Early Service 8:45 AM

Sunday School 9:45 AM

Traditional Worship 11:00 AM

About laurelhillumc

Laurel Hill United Methodist Church is rich in history as a church family committed to a life in Christ. We began in the heart of Varina almost 150 years ago; the church has grown through its existence as a church-hospital in the Civil War, as a circuit church, and survived a disastrous fire which destroyed the sanctuary about 50 years ago. Then, dedicated, Spirit-filled Christians worked hard together to build a new sanctuary. That hard work has continued with many new improvements including a new addition connecting the sanctuary and educational building, the installation of an elevator providing total accessibility throughout both buildings, remodeling the education building and the installation of 18 stained glass windows. Faithful clergy and laity ministering together have established a legacy of dedication and service which enables Laurel Hill to be a beacon of light in our community, in our world and to all who follow for generations to come. In response to the needs of the Varina community, Laurel Hill United Methodist Church also operates the Laurel Hill Weekday School. These programs are an active part of the life and ministry of Laurel Hill UMC. We accept the opportunity through our morning Preschool and After School child care to share our values of love, caring, cooperation and forgiveness. The Church and child care programs work together to enhance the spiritual, mental and physical growth of children in our community. Our worship services are held each Sunday with a contemporary service at 8:45am and a traditional service at 11:00am. Sunday School begins at 9:45am. Call our office (804) 795-2772 for Bible Study times and other ministry opportunities.
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