The past two Sunday services – Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday – were quite a dramatic departure from our norm – if you will pardon the intentional pun. They were powerful and impacting, but some people may be unaware of the hours of time and effort that went in to making them possible. God has blessed St Paul’s with so many people who have tremendous talents and abilities. It is always a blessing when those talents and abilities are recognized as God-given, and offered back to Him freely in service. As one of the “actors” in last Sunday’s dramatic presentation, I was privileged to have a first-hand look at many of those offerings being made.
So many individuals freely offered up hours of their personal time – from the writers, to the actors, to the indispensable technicians hidden away in the sound booth… To me, however, one person stands out. The past two Sunday’s presentations would not have been possible without the vision, passion and personal sacrifice of my friend, Judy Buch. Judy is one of the busiest people I’ve ever met – as her passport and frequent flyer miles attest. Despite her packed schedule, Judy offered up precious hours of her time to personally coach and work with every one of us. Her advice and experience were a tremendous blessing to me, and I’m sure to everyone else who had the privilege of working with her. I love and appreciate her very much. I wanted to be sure that my church community – St. Paul’s – knew and recognized what a treasure she is. Thank you Judy, and God bless you for your service to Him and to St. Paul’s.
Getting Ready for Resurrection Sunday!
We will be setting up the flowers in St. Paul’s at 7pm, Saturday, 4/23. Helpers are welcome. Refreshments will be provided after the service on Resurrection Sunday; anyone who has already volunteered, or who desires to bring any kind of food is happily appreciated.
The Palm Sunday Monologues were thought-provoking and engaging. They truly did tell the Easter Story in a new and different way.However, if we???re going to be nit-picky about things, none of the writers actually knew what the real Judas, Pilate, or Caiaphas felt and thought in that kind of vivid detail. They had to take some creative, Biblically-inspired liberties to flesh their scripts out. The only thing that is certain is this: if we had asked these three individuals what they thought about what happened and how it all went down, we would get some very different stories than the ones collected in the gospels. If Judas, Caiaphas, and Pilate had been given some input, perhaps they would have added in some of the lines spoken by the actors on Sunday. Perhaps they would have given things a different spin. But no matter what spin they gave their stories, we could discern for ourselves that, when it???s all boiled down, these men were all guilty of the same thing: they were all certain that they knew the true story. And while we???re quick to point out how these men are mistaken, I think we???re slower to acknowledge the times we???ve done the same thing. I???m not saying we have committed the same sins as these men, necessarily. But when we tell our version of things, and when we try to rationalize poor or bad decisions, we often sound like them. At least, I find it easy to understand why I do the things I do, but I don???t understand it when other people do wrong, and then try to tell me their version of what went down. I am skeptical of other people???s spins on things, but I???m quick to whole-heartedly believe in my own, even when it could be completely wrong. ???So,??? you might then say, ???If I can???t trust my own perspective, then whose can I trust???? And while I could go into a long philosophical tangent about this issue, it wouldn???t actually answer that question. Because when it comes down to it, you cannot trust any one person???s perspective fully. Not even your own, unfortunately. But that is where there is some hope. For me, once I recognize the limitations of my own perspective, I can then find hope in the fact that God understands this. He???s always understood this about humanity. And God wants us to understand this. Really, that is why He so desperately wants us to believe in His Son: we cannot trust ourselves, and we cannot know truth except through Jesus. God knows the real story, and He knows what really happened, every time. He doesn???t put His own spin on things. He only asks that we trust His version of things, rather than our own. God???s perspective is the only one we can put our faith in. Yet, so often, we choose not to do that, and rely on ourselves over and over again. And I think these Monologues were a good reminder of what it looks like when we forget this truth.