Dunk the Pastors Videos! If you missed our Dunk the Pastors (and youth leaders and worship leaders…) Event or if you just want to revisit it again, here are all the Vine videos in one place. We raised over $400 for our Walk-In Ministry this night and all the participants were great sports! We had so much fun as you’ll see below. Be sure to follow “StMatthewsUMC” on Vine:
March 22, 2013
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Sunday is Palm/Passion Sunday. On this day, we will tell the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and how, just a few days later, the same crowds that hailed him as King demanded that he be crucified by the Roman authorities. This marks the beginning of Holy Week, a week during which we Christians journey with Jesus to the cross and the empty tomb. As we delve into the mystery of the death of the One who is God with us, we remember and experience the deepest and darkest night the world has ever known. On Good Friday, we see God joining us in our brokenness, taking on the consequences of our sin, and accepting abandonment and suffering on our behalf. And then, on Easter Sunday, we see the bonds of death broken. Easter is the ultimate reversal – the ultimate celebration of God’s life-transforming (and life-creating) power, even in the face of death.
But, we can’t get to Easter without Good Friday. We can’t appreciate the mysterious and world-transforming power of Christ’s resurrection unless we first encounter the reality and pain of his death. So, this week, you have a simple task: take Holy Week seriously. Travel with Jesus from the Cross to the Empty tomb. Read Luke 22:1-24:13 a few times – perhaps even every day – and reflect on its significance. And join us here for worship on Maundy Thursday (7pm), Good Friday (7pm), and Easter Sunday (6:30, 8:15, 9:45, & 11:15am).
This is the most important story of our faith. Indeed, we Christians believe that Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday is the most important week in all of human history. So, we encourage you to join us in worship as we experience these central moments of our faith. We hope to see you here.
Brian and Denise