BLC Holy Week 2016: Stations of the Cross

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Stations are places where people wait while they are going from one place to another. A school-bus stop is like a station. People wait at train stations or bus stations or airports. Think of some stations where you have been.

With the Stations of the Cross, these stations become places where people take time to think about Jesus as he went to die on a cross. Stations of the Cross is a series of artistic representations depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion in the final hours of Jesus before he died. They show us how much Jesus loved us. The object of the Stations is to help us make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer and devotion, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death.

Navigation through the Stations of the Cross at BLC is self-guided. You do not need to rush – please take your time, as long as you need. You do not even need to go through all of the Stations of the Cross on one day. You may want to stay at one Station with Jesus for a few days before you move to another Station.

Whatever you decide, Jesus is with you and He loves you.

This is an open event. All are welcome at The Father’s House this Holy Week on Tuesday & Wednesday, 8pm-9:30pm. On Thursday and Friday, the Stations of the Cross will be made available after Maundy Thursday Service and Good Friday Service respectively.

More info about Holy Week 2016 here.

Two thousand years ago in the middle-east, there had to have been crowds who shouted praise and friends who betrayed and followers who denied and women who wept and soldiers who mocked and thieves who believed. It would have happened like this even if the Jesus event were happening now instead of then. Even if we knew everything in advance – were we the ones on the street we too would shout Hosanna and a few days later shout crucify him. And that’s the good news when it comes down to it. Because these people of the Holy Week story are we people. And we people are the likes of which God came to save. God did not become human and dwell among us as Jesus to save only an improved, doesn’t make the wrong choices kind of people. There is no improved version of humanity that could have done any differently. So go ahead. Don’t wait until you think your motivations are correct. Don’t wait till you are sure you believe every single line of the Nicene creed (no one does all the time!). Don’t worry about coming to church this week for the right reasons. Just wave branches. Shout praise for the wrong reason. Eat a meal. Have your feet washed. Grab at coins. Shout Crucify him. Walk away when the cock crows. Because we, as we are and not as some improved version of ourselves…we are who God came to save. And nothing can stop what’s going to happen. – Nadia Bolz Weber

Getting ready for the Stations of the Cross:

 

 

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BLC Holy Week 2016

Year C 2016 BLC Holy Week Series Promo

We now journey through towards the end of Lent; culminating in Holy Week, starting with Palm/Passion Sunday and ending with Good Friday before we celebrate the glorious Resurrection during Easter.

To mark Holy Week, BLC invites everyone to join us at The Father’s House for:

  • Palm/Passion Sunday Service (Sunday, 20 Mar, 10am)
  • Stations of the Cross (Tuesday-Wednesday, 22-23 Mar, 7:30pm-9:30pm)
  • Maundy Thursday Service (Thursday, 24 Mar, 8pm)
  • Good Friday Tenebrae Service (Friday, 25 Mar, 8pm)
  • Easter Service (Sunday, 27 Mar, 10am) – Lunch will be served after service.

These are open events. All are welcome.

If you have Waze and need driving directions, from your mobile phone, please click here.

Map and driving directions are available here.

Palm/Passion Sunday 2014

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Tomorrow, we celebrate Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

One of the things we’ll be doing is to fold palm leaves into the shape of a cross during service today. So, here’s a helpful video as well as step-by-step instructions!

Immediately following Palm Sunday, we head into our Holy Week celebrations, culminating with Good Friday before we celebrate Christ’s resurrection on Easter.

All our Holy Week celebrations are open to all. Click here to find out more. If you’re on Facebook, the public event page is here.

BLC Holy Week 2014 Promo Poster

 

BLC Holy Week 2014

BLC Holy Week 2014 Promo Poster

We now journey through towards the end of Lent; culminating in Holy Week, starting with Palm/Passion Sunday and ending with Good Friday before we celebrate the glorious Resurrection during Easter. To mark Holy Week, BLC invites everyone to join us at The Father’s House for:

  • Palm/Passion Sunday Service (Sunday, 13 Apr, 10am)
  • Stations of the Cross (Monday-Wednesday, 14-16 Apr, starting from 8pm)
  • Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion (Thursday, 17 Apr, 8:30pm) – Stations of the Cross will be made available after service.
  • Good Friday Service (Friday, 18 Apr, 8:30pm) – Final day to go through the Stations of the Cross. If you can, please help stay back to pack away the Stations of the Cross.
  • Easter Morning Service with Holy Communion (Sunday, 20 Apr, 10am) – Lunch will be served after service. Children are invited to an Easter egg hunt!

This is an open event. All are welcome.

A public Facebook event page is available here.

If you have Waze and need driving directions, from your mobile phone, please click here.

Map and driving directions are available here.

Palm/Passion Sunday Sermon – Rev. Augustin

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Preaching from the John 12:12-16 this week, Pastor Augustin shared:

It’s easy to imagine the hordes of people cheering wildly as Jesus comes in on a donkey.

In a lot of ways, they were waiting for a hero – someone to free them from the yoke of Roman rule and all the difficulties that went with that. They greeted him with cries of “Hosanna to the Son of David” – seeing Jesus as David’s political heir and possible king.

Yet, we know the story. We have peeked at the last chapter. We know that the cries of Hosanna turn into cries of “Crucify Him”.

What caused this turn?

It’s basically that Jesus disappointed them. He did not live up to their expectations. He refused to live up to their need for a political saviour. He chose the way of the cross. His way of triumph was through death on the cross. Jesus’ words comes to us today: Take up your cross and follow me.

As we remember Palm Sunday, we are not just thinking about something that happened 2000 years ago, but we are also opening the door to Holy Week – a time of reflection and prayer as we take up the cross and follow him. We are called to crucify our ego on the cross – to turn from what we want to what he wants.

The key to not being disappointed by God is to put our ego to death on the cross. But this is not a one time thing. This is something that goes moment by moment.

As we walk with Christ through Holy Week, may it be a time of crucifying ourselves, and so, knowing the freedom of Christ even more.

Have a blessed Holy Week.

For those who didn’t understand how to fold the palm leaves into the shape of a cross during service today, here’s a helpful video as well as a step-by-step instruction!