Dear brothers and sisters –
This coming Saturday a parade of people will march through the streets of our nation’s capitol, and many other cities and towns, including Seattle, led by a bunch of kids – sadly dubbed “the school shooting generation”. In their “March for our Lives” these virtually powerless children and their families are standing up to the powerful to say “Enough!” to gun violence, and to demand change. It is heart-wrenching and awe-inspiring to watch these articulate and tech savvy youth put into action their promise to stop at nothing. I don’t know anyone who expected this. These kids are heroes. May God grant them wisdom, and safety.
It is not lost on me that the next day, as Lent wraps up, we will recall another parade that took place on Palm Sunday, this one too comprised of a seemingly powerless group. All four gospels give us a snapshot of Jesus riding into Jerusalem, Israel’s holy city, astride a young donkey. I picture Jesus’ awkward posture, his feet dragging in the dust. The visual just seems rather comical; it’s difficult for us to appreciate the deep political overtones here, and even the argument for an end to violence. Indeed, this Palm Sunday parade is THE MARCH THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING. For Jesus is on his way to the cross, to turn the world upside down. He will stop at nothing – not even death – to turn the imperial notions of power and rule on their head.
Read through Mark 11:1-11 a few times before Sunday, and we’ll talk about these things as we engage the text together in worship…
And then just a quick heads up about Holy Week, which is next week…
§ No Maundy Thursday Service – because we will be setting up for a special event to take place on Good Friday…
§ GOOD FRIDAY EVENT March 30, 7-9 pm at First Presbyterian Church Seattle in the Chapel (enter on Spring St)
Hosted by Sanctuary Church, Seattle…
you do not disappear
A one night art show featuring the art of
Naima Lowe, Serrah Russell, Barry Johnson,
Anne de Marcken, and Hanita Schwartz
“The inconvenient truth is the historical church has often not only contributed to the erasure and oppression of [various] groups…but instigated it.
“These artists will help prepare us to contemplate the narrative of Good Friday by first listening well to the contemporary narratives of erasure around marginalized groups.”
--Pastor Gabe Molinaro, Sanctuary Church
§ EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP April 1, 10:30am
(Sanctuary Church, Seattle, will be joining us for worship on Easter)
Think about inviting your family members, friends and neighbors as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord (which we actually do every Sunday – but sometimes on Easter people are a little more open to being invited!)
Please note: Our lunch on Easter will be less “substantial” than usual – just sweet breads and cookies – to allow time and space for members of the congregation to gather for meals with their families after worship.
Be the church!