HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Monday to Thursday, 2nd to 5th April 2012.
“THE LAST WEEK”
“You cannot understand the meaning of Jesus’ passion unless you know what
it is he was passionate about”
To those attending our Living the Questions discussions, the names of two American scholars – Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan – have become familiar. In 2007, they wrote a book called The Last Week in order to counter the understanding of Christianity portrayed by Mel Gibson’s blockbuster The Passion of the Christ.
Borg and Crossan wrote The Last Week in order to present a different kind of Jesus altogether and a different way to understand his death. They maintain that Jesus died because he dared confront the Roman Empire with his vision of another empire – one based of the unconditional love of God and which is marked by non-violence, justice, forgiveness and self-giving.
This is the theme we will follow during this year’s Holy Week services. The scene will be set on Palm Sunday as Jesus makes his planned entry into Jerusalem. Then, using St Mark’s Gospel as our guide, each night we will watch how the inevitable collision course unfolds, meeting with a Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.
Each evening, the services will be held in church beginning at 7.00pm. As usual, all are welcome.
During the service on Maundy Thursday, the sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated.
On Good Friday, the church will be open during the Three Hour Devotion (when people may enter/leave anytime) and a short celebration of Holy Communion will take place at 3.00pm.