My friend Kristen who is a good writer and reads an impossibly huge number of great books wrote up this lovely set of ideas for observing Holy Week at home en famille…I know I’m just a tad late in sharing it. Bookmark it for next year!
In my church it is still Easter. I love that the observance of the resurrection lasts several weeks! It’s a big deal and it means so much – there are plenty of angles to consider, and plenty of wonderful Easter music to sing; trying to squash it all into an hour and a half on a single Sunday morning would could never be very satisfactory.
The second week of Easter also marks the end of our third complete year at Grace Church. My faith has deepened because I’m able to worship, pray, and learn in forms that makes sense to me and at the same time I’m not constantly having to sidestep flotsam and jetsam that drifted down the evangelical stream at me, nor continually talk myself down from the states of high dudgeon and annoyance that had unfortunately begun to characterize my state of mind. There are things I miss from evangelicalism – there truly are – but I can get those.
I’m tickled to serve in the choir — creaky voice and all. I had not found a suitable way to serve in my former church, other than to staff the nursery for a quarter now and then, which I did enjoy, but not in the same way I love the choir. Since I LOVE the liturgy, serving in the choir gives me front row seat on it, literally and figuratively–and best of all I get to help it to happen. We are losing our hired gun soprano this month….which is going to make the choir a little scary for awhile until we can replace her. But it also reminds me that to sing in the choir is mainly to help the congregation to sing, and you don’t have to be great to do that, you just have to try to be helpful and to know the hymns a little better than they do.