This Sunday marks the start of the most important week in the life of any church. It is during this week that we reference the most important event in human and church history: the last week in the life of Jesus. This moment of history, Christians believe, has momentous implications for every human who has ever lived and has yet to be born. But not just humans, scripture says that all creation moans for the change that this event begins.
The story of God will be told on Maunday Thursday [Thursday April 13] with a meal and then a worship at 6:30 p.m. It will continue the next day with a ProtoStar worship service on Good Friday at 6:30 p.m. or at the movie night at FBC with “Risen” also at 6:30 p.m. Then on Easter there is the early sunrise worship downtown at the Grand River Center beginning at 6:00 a.m. and then our regular worship at 10:00 a.m.
There is a song I used to sing in church while growing up. It was written by Maltbie Davenport Babcock in 1901 and it is called, “This Is My Father’s World.” My favorite stanza goes like this:
“This is our Father’s world: O let us not forget that though the wrong is often strong, God is the ruler yet.”
The story of God is one the meta-narrative that drives everything. We however have a tendency to write our own stories apart from God’s story. We try to make God a stock character in OUR story. Easter invites all people into God’s story where we will experience the love and compassion that only comes from God.
Set aside some time this week to attend to God’s story. Be changed by it and be renewed by it. Life will never be the same.
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque