In just a few weeks, I will accompany several of our church members on a walk along the Via Dolorosa – the way of suffering. We will begin at the Mount of Olives, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, make our way past the traditional Stations of the Cross in the old city of Jerusalem and end at the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. I’ve walked the path several times now. It is always meaningful…moving…life changing…

Next week, I will walk through my first Holy Week at First Baptist Greenville. We will begin by hearing the joyful songs and seeing the flourished fronds of Palm Sunday. Monday through Friday, we will gather each morning at 7:00 a.m. for A Quiet Vigil – a series of five short, meditative services focused on the events of the last days of Jesus’ life. (These services will last no longer than thirty minutes giving you plenty of time to share breakfast with a friend or get to work afterward.) On Thursday evening, we will celebrate Maundy Thursday. This unique service will give us anopportunity to experience the humility of servitude, the fellowship of communion and the darkness of crucifixion. And finally, on Easter Sunday morning, we will gather at the labyrinth at 8:30 a.m. for a simple early Easter service. Then, we will gather in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. and pull out all the stops celebrating our risen Lord.

I’m looking forward to walking in Jerusalem again. I’m also looking forward to walking through Holy Week for the first time with my FBG faith family. I hope you’ll join me at each and every service. I have no doubt they will be meaningful…moving…life changing…

Jim