Well, the Clergy Superbowl is almost upon us, and so, I offer up this Friday Five (with apologies for the irreverent title):
1. Will this Sunday be Palms only, Passion only, or hyphenated? Both sort of. We will hear about two crowds but not follow the path all the way to Golgotha--that can wait until Friday.
2. Maundy Thursday Footwashing: Discuss. I understand the concept but really find that washing each other's hands gets the idea across in a much less threatening way. Besides, taking off shoes and sock for each person takes FOREVER and March/April in Canada really isn't sandal weather.
3. Share a particularly meaningful Good Friday worship experience. I always enjoyed Good Friday services, especially the choir anthems (It is finished it i finished, hear him CRY). But the best GF service I remember wasn't on GF. It was my 2nd year in seminary and we had GF worship early since we decided it was important to share that with the college community. The message portion of the service allowed us a chance to name crucifixions in the world and pin them to a rough wooden cross in the middle of the chapel. A very meaningful way to move beyond the distance from when we only focus on the hill far away.
4. Easter Sunrise Services--choose one:
a) "Resurrection tradition par excellence!"
b) "Eh. As long as it's sunrise with coffee, I can live with it."
c) "[Yawn] Can't Jesus stay in the tomb just five more minutes, Mom?!?"
The last time I remember being at a sunrise service I was around 10. It was really nice, folks met from both sides of town and walked down to call across the bridge at each other. I may see if there is interest in doing one here next year. The lower parking lot at the church is a great spot. OR maybe one of the points of land surrounded by a bend in the river.
5. Complete this sentence: It just isn't Easter without... Chocolate. Of course I am pretty sure no day is complete without chocolate. Other than that, not sure.
Bonus: Any Easter Vigil aficionados out there? Please share. Never been to one actually. But I like the idea, just not the no sleeping part...