Over the years at Harbins we have developed several traditions that have become dear to our hearts. Whether its our annual observance of the ancient tradition of Advent at the Christmas season or the unique way we observe the Lord’s supper, Harbins has a unique and special culture that we thank God for.
This Easter season we hope to add a new tradition at our church. For years I’ve desired for our church to put more emphasis on the week traditionally known as “Holy Week,” and so this year we plan to do so by offering two new midweek services: a Maundy Thursday service on the March 24th and a Good Friday service on the 25th.
If you are not familiar with Maundy Thursday the name comes from the Latin word “Mandatum” which means command or mandate. Its named this because on the night before his death, just after He had taken on the posture of a slave by washing His disciples feet, Jesus said this: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34). This was a new commandment because the deep love that Jesus’ disciples were called to emulate was something greater than had ever been seen before, and it would reach it climax the next day on an old rugged cross. This was a radically new level of love, love that would bring reconciliation between God and man.
Many of you are probably a lot more familiar with Good Friday. At this service we will remember the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is “good” not because the death of Christ was not terrible and sad, but because of what the death secured for all those who believe in Him, and of course death had no claim over Him so the profound sadness of Good Friday must give way to overwhelming joy of Resurrection Sunday.
So here’s our Holy Week calendar at Harbins for this year’s Easter Season:
•March 20th- Palm Sunday Service
•March 24th- Maundy Thursday Service, 7:00pm
•March 25th- Good Friday Service, 7:00pm
•March 27th- Resurrection Sunday Service (Easter) followed by a Fellowship Meal
My hope and sincere desire is that God will bless our church deeply as we observe these specific focuses all in preparation for the glorious truth of Resurrection Sunday. Demer and I also plan to make available some devotional ideas and resources that you family can use to make Holy Week even more meaningful for your home.
One last note: due to the extra services of Holy Week we will be taking a break from our regular Community Groups gatherings of that week. I look forward to observing Holy Week and establishing this new tradition at Harbins.
Yours In Christ,