Holy Week begins March 29 with Palm Sunday. Symbolically, we walk with Jesus toward certain triumph. What can catch us by surprise, still, is the night which comes before the sunrise—and the waywardness of our own pilgrimage.
Palm Sunday, this Sunday, 3:30 p.m. Includes distribution of palms, the Passion reading, and the Holy Eucharist at our usual worship space. The Union Hall, the upper room over Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. 15222.
Maundy (Holy) Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. One of the quietest times in the Church year. Offers the option, modeled by Jesus with his earliest followers, of footwashing. Enjoy the intimacy of house church which remains a part of Incarnation Church’s DNA.
Good Friday, April 3, 2:00 p.m. The last hour. Also, you may come anytime during the 1:00 hour, when there will be materials and occasional music for meditation on the Crucifixion. You may wish to spend time with our Stations of the Cross, photographs created last year by members of Incarnation. Again, the Union Hall over Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave.
Easter, Sunday, April 5, 1:30 p.m. Do note the start time, which is earlier than most Sunday services at Incarnation. It’s a time which, also, gets you home in time to finish prep on your Easter dinner and to continue this joyous day with family and friends. The Union Hall over Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave.
THEREFORE, LET US CONTINUE THE FEAST – Usually the first Sunday of each month, our shared evening meal will move to the Sunday following Easter. April 12 bring something yummy to share. We set the tables right after our Eucharist.
THE TENTH COMMANDMENT – We conclude our film/ discussion series based on Kiesłsowski’s The Decalogue, the 20th-Century film classic made for Polish television. English subtitles. This time it’s “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.” Friday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
I DON’T remember exactly where this was. Maybe a private conversation, or maybe in our East ‘burbs Bible study. But our warden, Elena Edelstein, had a testimony about the power and comfort of prayer.
What stuck out for me was the role thanksgiving plays in her deepening prayer life. She said that before she prays for anything else, she has a whole bunch of things she thanks God for first. She’s hardly the only person in Christian history to practice this. It’s just that—for all the talk about it—I’m not sure how many of us actually take the time to do it daily.
I know my own inclination is to rush straight into the petitions—the gimme-please phase of prayer.
As we come to the end of winter, Lent, and maybe weeks of S.A.D., what kind of resurrection power might we know if our thanksgiving-to-intercession ratio changes?
- For the holiest of Holy Weeks.
- For wisdom, health, and continued growth in the Spirit for our new warden, Elena.
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