As we begin our journey with Jesus to Jerusalem on this Monday in Holy Week, we hear from Paul’s letter to the Church in Corinth:
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, including all the saints throughout Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.Paul’s Thanksgiving after Affliction Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation. (2 Cor. 1:1-7).
No doubt, there are times in our lives when we are shaken to the core of our being. You are I are called to console those who may be afflicted because God has consoled you and me in our affliction. During this Holy Week, you and I are called to remember that God has consoled us and that we are called to console those who are suffering.
Let us pray: Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other that the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wednesday at 6 PM at Trinity, we will have the final installment in our Lenten Series, Nic at Night, with the Rev. Michael Chalk.
Seaside Seniors at 11 AM on Thursday in Sutton Hall.
Holy Week & Easter Schedule:
Maundy Thursday at 7 PM, foot washing, Eucharist and the stripping of the altar
Good Friday at noon, traditional service.
Easter at 9 AM, festival Eucharist followed with Easter Egg Hunt and Pot luck lunch.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List.
Your servant in Christ,
The Rev. Chester J. Makowski, Vicar
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal ChurchGalveston, Texas 77550