3 More Ways to Observe Holy Saturday

I posted several years ago on the Top 10 Ways Pastors (and others) Can Observe Holy Saturday. I think those are still great suggestions, but I’ve had a few more ideas. So here’s three more. Watch some film. My friend Susan is hosting a movie marathon this year, which I think is a great idea. … Continue reading

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Holy Week is a bit of an exercise in futility for some of us liturgically-minded pastors. While the Sanctuary may be full on Palm Sunday and overflowing at Easter, the empty pews at our midweek services beg for some attention. I urge my congregations yearly to appreciate the joy of Easter by attending to the … Continue reading

Collect for Spy Wednesday

Last Supper, Church of Saint Martin

A prayer for today’s Community Holy Week service at which I am serving as the liturgist, based on the lectionary reading (John 13:21-32). It’s called Spy Wednesday to remember Judas conspiring to betray Jesus. Glorious God, in your Incarnate Word you name the truth of our existence, and through the cross, Christ Jesus emancipates the … Continue reading

Lent, Ash Wednesday, and Self-Denial

I have pretty high hopes for Lent every year. “This is the year I’ll finally be self-disciplined!” Or, “I will discover a new depth to my prayer life by…praying…all the time.” (Replace praying with “giving up this luxury” or “acting with mercy,” it changes from year to year.) I’ve been reminded in several places by … Continue reading

At Table in Jerusalem: A Hymn for Maundy Thursday

As it is now Holy Week, I’d like to share a hymn text I wrote for Maundy Thursday 2008. During that 2007-08 year, I taught a course on worship at Wesley United Methodist Church in Beaumont and that small group grew quite close to each other. I wrote this hymn in honor of that “Passionate … Continue reading

Top 10 Ways for Pastors to Observe Holy Saturday

Stop working feverishly on your Easter sermon…don’t plan the Easter Egg hunt for the kids. Take a day for you–yourself, not you-as-pastor–to observe something of the events of Holy Week. I don’t know a lot of places that hold a worship service on Holy Saturday (at least, before an Easter Vigil)…so with your free time, … Continue reading