Dear Trinity Grace,

In the Christian calendar, this week is Passion Week or Holy Week. The “passion” points to Jesus demonstrating his passion for his church through his willing suffering on our behalf. Around the end of the 3rd century, the church began to give special remembrance to the historical week leading up to Jesus crucifixion. Most people think of Passion week starting on Palm Sunday and ending on Good Friday.

For new covenant followers of Jesus such as ourselves, we can draw goodness in joining the church at large in our focussed reflections. But let’s not forget that for the mature Christ-follower, every day our hearts are meant to be comforted and strengthened by all aspects of Jesus’ life–Christmas, Jesus’ growing up and facing the same weaknesses we do, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, his ascension, and his awaited second coming.

That said, there are many wonderful Bible reading plans to help you fully immerse yourself in Passion Week reflection. Check out this website for reading plans:

Join us for Good Friday Communion service, this Friday, March 30, 9:30 am at 826 Eglinton Ave E. The musicians will lead us into a time of singing, we will have a time of open sharing and prayers similar to our morning communion, and of course we will receive the bread and cup together to end.

Join us for our Easter service, this Sunday, 10:30 am. It’s a perfect opportunity to invite a friend to church (check out this video for a little inspiration by clicking here).

I leave you with Paul’s heartfelt words from prison in his letter to the brethren in Philippi: “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and the deepest friendship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10-11

Grace and peace,