Celebrating Holy Week is not an obligation, but it is an opportunity.

This quote is from a pastor and an executive editor of desiringGod.org, David Mathis.  In his article Make the Most of Holy Week, he further explains and encourages the believers to think about how to make the most of this week, which are “some of the darkest and brightest days in the history of the world, and are rich with soul-sustaining food and life—clarifying vision.”

Joy as a church has been observing the lent season by reading through the book of John.  Today is day 36 of lent with only 4 days left.  As we live out our busy and hectic lives, I want to encourage our Joy members to take a moment to pause and make this Holy Week as an opportunity to truly reflect on the greatest gift that God has given us, the gift of Jesus and what He has done for us by meditating on the word of God and spending time in prayer.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” 

So we are not obligated to do anything to earn the gift of God.  But as we sacrificially and consciously take time to spend with God, the riches of His goodness and glory will bless us and refresh us.

During this Holy Week, there will be dawn prayer from 6am-7am in the main sanctuary to help us refocus our hearts and minds onto Jesus.  There will also be a Good Friday service at 7:30pm to remember the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus.  Take the opportunity to draw closer to Jesus during this Holy week by joining these services.  Or make some time within your own schedule to sit before God in reflection and prayer.

It is my prayer that during these last days of lent, we will meet and encounter Jesus in a personal and significant way!

Elyse Yu