Friends of ANCL,

I write this mindful that many of you will be reading it far from Luxembourg this Easter, no matter you are still an important part of All Nations Church of Luxembourg.

This week is Holy week!  The things we remember, mourn and celebrate this week changed and are still changing the course of history.  One of our great challenges of the week is taking the time to slow down enough to let the events of holy week touch us again.  This note is designed to help you do just that.

How to enter into Holy week in a meaningful and transformative way

Read from the Gospels the last week of Jesus life and leave time for personal, group or family reflection on the truth of God’s word found in – Matthew 21:17-28:20, Mark 10:32-16:8, Luke 18:31-24:53 & John 12:12-21:25

Make Jesus death on the cross personal.  Jesus died for your sins, to take upon himself the penalty of your rebellion to God.  “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.  By his wounds you are healed” I Peter 2:24.  Read the verse again out loud and exchange the word “our” with the word “my” or with your name.

Make your “Hosanna” personal. “Hosanna” is a cry to be saved or rescued.  It was the cry of the crowd to Jesus as he entered Jerusalem.   What has God saved you from in the past? What do you need God to save you from now? What will he save you from in the future? Only when we see how lost we have been, are and will be without God, will his rescue of us through the death of Jesus be the understood as the precious gift it is.  A gift that came at a spectacularly high price.

Share moments of the holy week with other Christians – not every Church has Holy Week Service on Thursday, Friday or Saturday but some do.  Don’t hesitate to experience a different kind of service to be able to enter deeply into the meaning and hope the events of this week offer.  In Luxembourg the Anglican Church services can be found at http://anglican.lu/index.php?category=Services#services and the English speaking Catholic Church services at http://catholic.lu/2010/03/22/easter-2010-holy-week/ .  Also this is a great time to gather a few Christian friends and together enter into the beauty and mystery of Holy Week together.

Our Mourning turned to Celebration! The first followers of Jesus came to the empty tomb in mourning.  Their mourning was turned into amazement and celebration as they understood that Jesus had risen from the dead!  The resurrection demonstrated Jesus victory over our great enemies – sin and death.  In Jesus’ resurrection, we are freed, redeemed, restored, made alive as we trust in him by faith to be our sufficient savior.  Our Cry “Hosanna”, save us, has been heard – Jesus did that and more.  Praise him!  As you come to church this Sunday, be ready to celebrate and praise God – Father, Son & Holy Spirit.

Holy Week shows us the power and love of God displayed in time and space for real people – for us.  This year reach out and receive it.  God in Jesus is holding his hand out to you with the gift of forgiveness, the gift peace and life.  Let the Celebration of the Resurrection be a celebration of new life for you this year.

Prayer: Almighty God, who through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:  Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection may be raised from the death of sin, by your life-giving Sprit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen (Book of Common Prayer)

Paul McMinimy

All Nations Church of Luxembourg

Community of Hope for the World

Easter Sunday – He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed!

Join us for a family Easter celebration service at 10:30 am! Nursery begins at 10:25 am. We meet at Walferdange Catholic Church Center, 8 rue de l’Eglise, L-7224 Walferdange. Click here for directions.