The term Holy Week is a bit of a misstatement. It has been used by the Church for a long time but I think God might view things differently. It is called Holy Week because it begins with Jesus' Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (we will have 2 services, 9am and 11am). Then on to Maundy (meaning mandatory) Thursday which is the celebration of the Eucharist and one of Jesus' last acts before His arrest (our service is 7pm). The Tenebrae Service of Shadows (we will worship at 7pm) reminds us of Jesus' betrayal, arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion and His death on the cross. Then, on Sunday morning (9am and 11am) , we do have the holiest day of the year ... for we, through Jesus, are forgiven, we are victors over hell and death and He is risen!
Here is what I mean by the misstatement. While we ARE Easter people and (as Paul said) we preach Christ and Christ crucified how do you think god would view this week as we participate, celebrate and travel the road of emotions this week describes? Would God want us to consider this week so holy that we believe if we attend worship this week we are good for the year till Christmas? Would God think our fixation on Easter bunnies has made the meaning of the season (pardon the pun) a little fuzzy? Or, would God tell us every day, every opportunity for worship and Christian fellowship, every Thursday at Celebrate Recovery where there is repentance/restoration/new life, every hospital visit, every prison ministry trip, every Sunday School class, every lesson at the Boys and Girls Club, every bit of time spent in the mission God has given us, every prayer prayed with/for a friend is holy? Carolyn Arends writes "people, not God, separates secular and holy." She is right ... maybe every week needs to be Holy Week where life, death and resurrection happen in people because of us, the Church! Randy