Today is Maundy Thursday, the day we remember the last supper, betrayal, and arrest of Jesus. The word, “Maundy” comes from the Latin, mandatum, which means commandment. On this night, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment: Love one another. I hope you’ll join me for our beautiful Maundy Thursday Service this evening at 7 pm. It’s a service of Communion, Handwashing, and the Passion Story which offers a special opportunity to experience the drama of Holy Week and reflect on its meaning in our lives. To participate, please bring bread, juice or wine, a bowl of water, and a hand towel. Zoom Link
Tomorrow is Good Friday, the day we remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus. It’s no one’s favorite day, but it gives us a chance to stand in solidarity with all those who have experienced suffering, violence, and death at the hands of oppressive, unjust, and inhumane regimes. We remember Jesus, and we also remember George Floyd and all the other marginalized people, “the least of these,” whom Jesus tended, befriended and defended. I invite you to join me for our Good Friday Vigil anytime between 7 and 9 pm for Lectio Divina (reading of poetry and scripture) interspersed with periods of silent meditation. Zoom Link
On Easter Sunday we’ll celebrate, once again, the triumph of life and love over violence and death. After this year of suffering, we see that life continues, love continues, and, as I’ll preach on Sunday, the helpers and the help continue. It’s not always easy to see, but resurrection is the way of things— with nature, people, the entire circle of life. Please join me this Sunday for an Easter Service filled with Alleluias, music, and rebirth. Get out your Easter bonnet and bring your chocolate eggs to the screen for this joyful celebration! Zoom Link
Holy Week Harp & Flute Playlist: With gratitude to Dorothy Mora and Pat Henry for their beautiful music and to Meg House for compiling it, we offer this Holy Week Playlist.
If you live in DC— Make Sure DC’s Comprehensive Plan Works for Low-Income Residents:
The DC Poor Peoples’ Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival supports residents of Brookland Manor in their effort to prevent displacement of Black and Brown families at their apartment complex and throughout the city. We believe the changes to the Comprehensive Plan proposed by Mayor Bowser are weakening the plan and will ultimately leave the city less diverse and livable.
The DC Poor People’s Campaign urges us to support Brookland Manor and other working families in the District by clicking here to sign on to their letter to the DC Council, which you may read here.
On this week of the Derek Chauvin trial, support the Police Reform Package in Maryland. Learn more here and send a message to your legislators to demand that the Maryland General Assembly pass a strong police accountability bill this session.
Preregister for the Covid Vaccine NOW: If you’re a DC resident age 18 or older, you can preregister for the Coronavirus vaccine at vaccinate.dc.gov. If you’re a MD resident, you can preregister at massvax.maryland.gov. If you’re a VA resident, you can preregister at vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister. Hooray!
Covid Vaccines Available in Salisbury, MD for MD, DC, VA Residents: If you’re having a difficult time accessing the vaccine, you may wish to consider this. The Salisbury, MD mass vax site is severely under-used and asking anyone 16 and up in MD, DC, or VA to register for an appointment. Go to: https://massvax.maryland.gov/. Type in Salisbury, MD to get the right site, click YES you are eligible [the staff have confirmed this], and register. Note: this is JUST for the Salisbury site (Eastern Shore) and it is ONLY because vaccine doses are currently going to waste.
May God Be with You and Yours,