About all those Holy Week Services - Don't come because you have to. Don't come because of guilt. Don't come because it's what you think other people expect. Come because the liturgies we celebrate on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil/Easter are transformational and worth that effort. If you are on the fence about whether or not to come to all (or as many as you are able) of the Holy Week Services, take a chance this year and come. If it's your first time or your umpteenth time, we invite you to enter into the experience of Holy Week.
"Because these people of the Holy Week story are we people. And we people are the likes of which God came to save. God did not become human and dwell among us as Jesus to save only an improved, doesn’t make the wrong choices kind of people. There is no improved version of humanity that could have done any differently.
So go ahead. Don’t wait until you think your motivations are correct. Don’t wait till you are sure you believe every single line of the Nicene creed (no one does). Don’t worry about coming to church this week for the right reasons. Just wave branches. Shout praise for the wrong reason. Eat a meal. Have your feet washed. Grab at coins. Shout Crucify him. Walk away when the cock crows. Because we, as we are and not as some improved version of ourselves…we are who God came to save. And nothing can stop what’s going to happen."
Palm Sunday Sermon about Morbid Reflection,
Home Perms, and Fickle Crowds