HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY!!! Oops, I don’t think we are supposed to be celebrating saints during Holy Week…
…well…let’s try this…
…HAPPY MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK (Hmmm…doesn’t quite roll of the tongue…does it?). Oh well…
…It’s Monday of Holy Week and I feel a sense of…well…I am not sure if I have the right words here. Last week I wrote that I was Tired and Excited. This week it feels like I have more energy and drive within me. I don’t feel as mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually tired as I was last week. I guess that is not too surprising since Holy Week and Easter is one of my favorite times of the year (Christmas being the other). But one thing that does make me a little nervous is that my secretary has been sick since Wednesday night. That meant on Thursday (bulletin day) I was playing "pastor" and "secretary". And let me tell you…I have a whole new appreciation for what Vicki does. I have always known that she is an incredible person and does valuable ministry here, but when I was thrust into her position for a while I got to see (and feel) some of the pressure she has to deal with. All I can say is this: "Vicki…you are a very important and valuable person to the ministry of Salem Lutheran Church. And if no one else says it, let me say it here for all the world to hear: I appreciate you so much! But don’t feel you need to hurry back. Take care of yourself, get some rest and take it easy. I look forward to seeing you across the hallway very soon."
Quick side bar
Even though, "technically", we are not supposed to celebrate saints during Holy Week can I still wear green and not get into "trouble"?
Yesterday I continued my tradition of beginning worship with a Palm Sunday celebration and ending it with the reading of the Passion Story. It is always a powerful time for me (and from what I hear, for others as well). But one thing I noticed (and my wife and I talked about this afterward) is that there were a lot of kids getting a little restless during the long Passion reading. After worship, Connie and I brainstormed the idea that next year we take the kids out before the Passion Story (on Palm Sunday) and Connie would read a children’s version of the story downstairs while the parents/adults stayed with me for the Passion reading. The thought is that as the kids processed in with palm branches they would recess out with their palm branches. I have never been a big advocate of removing children from worship, but I think I would make an exception here. Does any else have thoughts on this?
God blessings to you this St. Patty’s Day (oops…I mean Monday of Holy Week) and I wish for you a week full of love as we hear about the Passion of our Lord and the gift of eternal life for each of us.