Holy Week is here

On Sunday we begin Holy Week. This is the holiest of times for us during the church year, as we remember the final days of the Jesus’ life, his teachings, and our call to follow him. All of this culminates on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the promises of the resurrection. Often overlooked, Holy Saturday is a day that we, as Christians, contemplate the silence of the tomb as we await the promise of the resurrection. As the sun sets and night falls on Holy Saturday, we move to the Great Vigil of Easter and celebrate the resurrection.
Holy Saturday this year is of unique importance to our community as we remember the 20th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School. This anniversary has been on the minds and hearts of many people and the larger faith communities in the Denver metro area. This past fall we were invited by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship to participate in a weekend of remembrance and renewal for this anniversary. The Remember and Renew Weekend, organized by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, intends to mobilize support for preventing gun violence by giving voice to survivors and families of gun violence, discussing policy changes that promote community health, becoming aware of contributing factors, and building a base of support among community partners here in the Denver metro area. St. Timothy’s will be offering our space to both the national church and community partners on Saturday, April 27th where we will host workshops focused on preventing gun violence. These workshops are open to parishioners and others interested in this work. Then, on Sunday, April 28th we will host a TIM talk with Pastor Don Marxhausen, who is a parishioner of St. Tim’s and retired pastor of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, which is located near Columbine High School. He will share his story of caring for the Columbine community and what the promises of Easter call forth in our lives. At 4pm on Sunday, April 28th I invite you to a community service of Remembrance and Renewal at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch, where we will gather in prayer and song to hear from community leaders and youth about how we can help prevent gun violence. You are invited to participate in this weekend, and I want to make clear that St. Timothy’s is committed to the work of peace and reconciliation in our world—a call that God gives us in Jesus Christ.