It was too much for me.
You see, I really just wanted to sit down and indulge myself: watch my mindless television show and drink my well-earned glass of wine. But earlier in the evening, I had taken my wine outside with me while the children and I soaked in the last minutes of daylight and playtime; and when the darkness finally chased us inside, I noticed in the light that two small bugs had gone for a swim in my glass. So I absentmindedly poured the wine into the sink full of dinner remnants and got back to the business of bedtime.
When I came downstairs, having finished the kisses and the tucking in, ready to ignore the dishes and sit down and zone out, I saw this in the sink:
Eggshells from the children’s dinner. And my wasted drink. This is what happened when they came together. Broken things absorbing poured out wine. The wine had filled in the cracks, taken up the space.
Here, nearing the climax of Lent, the beauty of it was too much for me. Never mind my television show. This. Broken things absorbing poured out wine. That’s what Lent is about, in a nutshell. In an eggshell.
We’re always broken people, no matter what the season. And Jesus’ blood was spilled thousands of years ago, just once for all. But each year, we set aside these forty days for revisiting: remembering our brokenness and reabsorbing the redeeming sacrifice. Rediscovering the contents of the sink, the eggshells and the soaked-up wine. And it’s no mistake that we do it on the verge of spring, on the edge of the new beginning that we so desperately need. The Resurrection once for all, revisited each year as a reminder of the profundity of the promise that we revisit each and every Sunday. The shells from the eggs that—having absorbed the wine, were they to be able to be reconstructed, all those cracks filled in by the spilling—could hold the promise of the new life that we so desperately crave.
Here, on the verge of Holy Week, I invite you to join us as we slow down and soak in the truths we will revisit in our services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and ultimately Easter Sunday. Has Lent allowed you space to identify the cracks you would have God fill? Please join us and invite others as well as we drink deeply of the grace he has poured out for us.
- This Sunday, March 24, is Palm Sunday. Our services at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. will begin in the parking lot of the Annex with a procession with palms (weather permitting). At these services, we will celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when the crowds strewed branches before him and cried, “Hosanna!” only to turn on him and demand his death five days later. Children in preschool and older will remain in the service and participate with their families. Infant and toddler nursery will be available.
- On Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m., we will commemorate Jesus’ final celebration of the Jewish feast of Passover with his disciples, his demonstration of radical servanthood, and the institution of Holy Communion at our Maundy Thursday service. A foot washing ceremony, Eucharist, and the solemn stripping of the altar are special parts of this worship service. Infant and toddler nursery will be available.
- On Friday, March 29, we will have two Good Friday services, at 12 noon and 6:30 p.m. Both services will include prayer, hymns, and time for quiet reflection. The midday service will focus on three words spoken to Jesus on the cross. Infant and toddler nursery will be available at the evening service.
- Finally, our observance of Lent and Holy Week culminates in our two services on Easter Sunday, March 31, at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. Please invite your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to come celebrate with us the most important truth of our faith: Christ is risen! Infant and toddler nursery will be available, and we’ll have a special Children’s Church program during the second service only.
We are eagerly anticipating the start of this richest season of the year at All Saints Church. Will you join us as we soak in these most precious truths of our faith?