Dear Friends,

This is the Monday of Holy Week.  Holy Week began yesterday, Palm Sunday, and will conclude with our joyous Easter celebration this Sunday.  I wonder, how can we make Holy Week more than just an ordinary week?  It will be just an ordinary week, that is to say it will fly by and we will miss its significance, unless we do something to make it special.  As I have pondered this question, several possibilities  come to mind. (1) If daily devotions are part of your life, spend more time than the ordinary on this part of your day. (2) If daily devotions are not part of your life, this would be a great time to start.  Even if it’s just for this one week.  Find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted.  Read from your Bible.  A devotional guide often helps (we have some in the church office).  And prayer.  It could be a prayer in which you speak (silently or out loud).  It could be a prayer in which you just listen, more of a silent meditation.  There are many ways to pray.  The important thing, as the people at Nike say, is to “just do it”. (3) Much of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are about what happened during Holy Week.  You might want to put your usual reading on hold and read from these passages this week.  They are Matthew 21 – 28, Mark 11 – 16, Luke 19 – 24, and John 12 – 21.  It always amazes me that of the 89 chapters in these four Gospels, a full 30 of them are about what happened in Jesus’ life from Palm Sunday on! (4) Give money to something that would extend the work of Jesus.  You had such an opportunity Sunday with our special mission offering for Haiti.  A mailing is going out today for our annual Easter special offering.  And of course there are any number of other good causes where you can support causes that are consistent with your Christian convictions.  (5) Finally, I suggest that you just make a special point this week to extend the love of Christ to someone in some specific way.  Do a good deed.  A random act of kindness.  Hopefully we don’t have to wait until Holy Week to be kind, but this is a great week to remember that we followers of Jesus may well be the only Jesus some people will ever meet.  Let them see his love in you.
In Christ,
Pastor John Watts