“We interrupt our regularly scheduled program…”
As a kid, this usually brought many groans from me, especially if it was a speech. I want to watch my favorite TV show! Of course, the groans might disappear when faced with an interruption that was startling or sad, but as a child, I would still feel the disruption of what I thought my time in front of the television would be. Interruptions may bring all kinds of thoughts and emotions.
Holy Week sometimes feels like an interruption to our regularly scheduled program. Suddenly, it interrupts our typical week and asks for our attention — Do we really have the time to stop? Do we have the time or the energy to walk from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday to Good Friday to Easter?
I think that is one of the gifts – that our regularly scheduled programming is interrupted. We immerse ourselves in gathering together with prayer and song and Scripture. We do not know what to expect even though we may have done this before. We seek a new understanding and a new encounter with Christ. We may follow a rhythm familiar to us, but that nonetheless disrupts our daily rhythms. Or, this may be an entirely new experience. We gather and gather again, asking that God interrupt our thoughts and lives.
I encourage you to join us for Holy Week and be interrupted! Begin the week on April 2 with Palm Sunday as we mark Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the events that will lead to his death and resurrection. Come and eat with us on Thursday, April 6, as we hear again Jesus’ commandment to love one another. Sit with us and pray as we hold space for all that we confess and lament in our lives and in our world on Good Friday, April 7. And then…then, celebrate with us the resurrection on Easter!
We interrupt our regularly scheduled program…may it be a Holy interruption.