This is the week that Christians focus on the passion and death of Jesus. Tomorrow (Palm Sunday) our service starts in the hall at the Good Shepherd with the reading of the Palm Gospel, recalling Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of donkey. The time when his way was strewn with palms and the air filled with cries of hurrah! During the week we journey through the readings of the day and the services within the Murrayfield Churches Together Team (see mct.org.uk) with Jesus to Maundy Thursday when we commemorate the institution of Holy Communion by recalling the events of the Last Supper. That service will end with the stripping bare of the church and a short watch of silent prayer before the reserved sacrament.
As Good Friday dawns we journey with Jesus to the cross and our worship (which begins at 2pm) focuses on the cross and the redemption Jesus won for us as he hung and died upon it. This is a stark and painful service. Yet is is an experience we all understand and can make better sense of when we come to Easter Day and the celebrations of Jesus rising from the dead.
Services at the Good Shepherd:
7pm Holy Tuesday: The way of the cross. A meditative and prayerful walk round the stations of the Cross in the Church garden.
10am Holy Wednesday Holy Communion
7.30pm Maundy Thursday a service of Holy Communion remembering the Last Supper. Followed by the stripping of the church and the short watch of silent prayer.
2pm Good Friday The Liturgy of the Cross
10am Easter Day Festival Sung Eucharist of the Resurrection.
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