Week of April 5, 2020

When it comes to thinking about Church in the time of COVID-19, I am finding myself having to drill down pretty deep into the theology of our liturgy. Church is, at a core essential level, a community. Not being able to gather together for worship, especially in the holiest week of the year, is something that makes me wistful and sad. To cope with this, I’ve contemplated and prayed about what we are doing when we gather for worship on these feast days, and how that might translate into this extraordinary time.
Palm Sunday
The day in which Jesus’ followers celebrated his entry into Jerusalem by proclaiming him king with festive shouts of “Hosanna!”
For the children of Trinity Church, please tune in to our Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. for a livestream video hosted by our own Anne Patterson for a special Trinity Kids Palm Sunday. Just the thing to help all our members find a way to celebrate this festival day!
Worship Service time on Facebook: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5
How you can celebrate at home: Go outside and wave your own “palm”: a branch, bit of greenery, etc. Mount the greenery on your door for all to see! Take a photo and send it to Fr. Rob at rb@trinitylawrence.org or share it to our Palm Sunday picture post on Facebook. We will have a dramatic reading of the Passion narrative on video to share with you as well following the service.
Maundy Thursday
The observation of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, including the washing of their feet in the Gospel of John.
Service time on Facebook:
7 p.m. Thursday, April 9
How you can celebrate at home: If you live with someone, take a moment to show your appreciation of how they have been serving you at this time. Share a meal, even wash their feet. Alternatively (especially if you are living alone) seek to serve someone else on this day: Check in with a neighbor or someone else whom you might be able to serve in some way, even if it just a phone call.
Good Friday
The observation of the crucifixion and death of Jesus
Service time on Facebook:
7 p.m. Friday, April 10
How you can celebrate at home: First, we will be doing a virtual Stations of the Cross on our Facebook page featuring a photo of the bas relief sculptures of the Stations throughout the day. Second, take a moment to venerate the cross. Most of us have one or more crosses in our home. Take a moment to just pause, reflect, and pray in the presence of that cross.
Easter Vigil
The Diocese of Kansas is producing a special video of this liturgy of this service, featuring clergy and lay leaders from across the diocese each contributing part of the service from their own locales. The video link will be emailed out to the entire congregation to watch and enjoy.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+