Have you ever gotten only part of a story? Maybe turning on a show after it started? You might find out how the story ends, but you haven’t gotten the full experience. Attending Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship in addition to Easter Sunday morning helps believers in Christ gain better spiritual awareness; reflecting and gaining a greater understanding of Jesus’ sacrifice and death. Followers of Christ must understand how significant these days are because they serve as parts one and two for the most important trilogy the world has ever known.
Worshiping on Resurrection morning is a terrific ending for sure – our eternity depends on it. But when a Christian allows Easter morning to be their sole Holy Week worship experience, it is akin to someone watching The Return of the King, the third movie in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. When a movie goer watches only the third part of a three-part story, they miss out on the trilogy’s drama and true sense of victory. Similarly, if a Christian skips the first two days of the Triduum (the great three days of Easter) and jumps straight to the third day, they miss much of what Easter morning means. Those who only attend worship on Easter Sunday just get the end of the story. Every believer needs to reflect on the importance of all three parts of Jesus’ Passion Week trilogy.
The first part of Christ’s Passion Week trilogy starts on Maundy Thursday evening (March 29th) at 7 pm. The name Maundy comes from a Latin word reminding us that after the supper, Jesus taught his disciples a “New Commandment:” the greatest among us are those who humbly serve. To this end, some churches choose to not only memorialize the Lord’s Supper, but also Jesus’ washing His disciple’s feet.
Soon after the events of the upper room, Jesus went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives to pray. After His betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was taken into custody for a mock trial that would ultimately end in a death sentence. Maundy Thursday worship also contemplates the actions of Judas the betrayer and the Apostle Peter, who denied Christ three times. Worshipers leave this service understanding that many times we, too, reject Jesus. Our 9:35 Worship Band will help lead us in this service.
Although some churches hold Good Friday services from 12 pm till 3 pm- the hours Jesus spent on the cross, we will continue the Triduum story on Good Friday evening (March 30th) at 7 pm. In our Good Friday service worshipers will remember Christ’s trial, suffering, and path to Calvary. To help us remember what Christ suffered on our behalf we will use scripture, original devotional writing, music, art and candlelight. Good Friday worshipers will engage the story of Christ’s triduum Passion with help of our vocal ensemble, 1838.
Only after experiencing the Holy Week events of Thursday and Friday are we TRULY able to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior on Easter morning! Please join us on the pilgrimage to walk Jesus’ steps during these three focal days of Holy Week. Then you will know and experience the joy of Easter as you never have before!
This blog post available courtesy of thinkingaboutworship.wordpress.com and Marc Brown.