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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
MAUNDY THURSDAY – TONIGHT – St. Paul – 7:00 pm
GOOD FRIDAY – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – 7:00 pm
EASTER VIGIL – Lutheran Church of Our Savior – 7:00 pm
Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to imagine a future all that different from the past? We somehow get stuck in patterns of behavior and eventually come to believe that our past performance isn’t simply a predictor of our future behavior but rather its guarantee. And so the older we grow the less open the future seems and more ominous the past looms in our lives.
The key to all of this, recent psychological research tells us, is story. Because the past isn’t simply the past, it’s our interpreted past. The past, in short, is the story we’ve told ourselves about the past. Which is why two siblings can have the same alcoholic parent and yet interpret that fact – and their similar pasts – quite differently and thereby walk into distinct futures.
When thinking about all this covenant talk through Lent and formulating an intro for today. I have a few weddings coming up and been meeting with the couples which also had me thinking about the difference between being involved in a relationship and being committed in a relationship.
I remembered a conversation my brother and I had last fall when he was going through his divorce. He was telling me he wished his wife had the commitment that he had when he got his tattoos.
Find out how tattoos help us understand the difference between being involved vs. being committed.
Good vs Evil/ God vs Satan, why does God allow evil things to happen? One thing our Scripture tells us is that God does not remove evil. God offers a solution to the crisis of evil, a means of salvation. God did not save the Israelites by taking the serpents away. The Israelites were saved by faith in God’s ability to save them. Some people face enormous hardship in life. It is faith that sees them through such struggles.
Speaking of faith, I want to start today with another man named Abraham that was not in the Bible…Abraham Lincoln. History records:
Whenever I hear people debating the 10 Commandments, and where they belong in our world, I think of the movie Bruce Almighty where Morgan Freeman plays God who gives his power over to Jim Carrey’s character (Bruce) because Bruce is critical of the job God is doing and thinks he can do better.
It starts with Bruce having a midlife crisis. He feels like he’s not being rewarded for the work he does giving the News. Through the beginning of the movie Bruce recognizes God for who he is, in this movie appearing as a janitor, and acts like being God would be easy. So God gives Bruce the power to make all the decisions. This doesn’t start out well and Bruce is abusing his power to move up in the News world to be anchor like he thinks he deserves.
At one point in the movie Bruce is having trouble keeping up with everyone’s prayers; first he tries paper files and he can’t move in his apartment, then he tries post-it notes and everything is covered over including the dog, and then he decides to make a prayer email system called “Yahweh”. He makes a valiant effort to answer them that way but they just keep coming in. So he decides to reply to all of them at once and grant everyone’s prayers and wishes.