Holy Week at Apostles
Maundy Thursday: receives its name from the Latin word for commandment (mandatum). As Jesus gathered with his followers before his death he said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34). As they shared their final meal together, Jesus demonstrated this love by washing his disciples’ feet and commanded them to love and serve one another as he had done. This day commemorates the Lord’s example of servant ministry, the institution of the Lord’s Supper, the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal leading to the crucifixion. As a result, we are invited to give thanks, learn and reflect on how Jesus’s words invite us into the life he offered and modeled. A life marked by radical, sacrificial love.
Good Friday: Today we remember the death of Jesus, an event that forever changed the world. Jesus willingly went to the cross where he died as the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for our sins. On the cross, God demonstrates once and for all his love for us and his creation. While it seems strange to call this day good, we do so in remembrance of Jesus' victory over sin and death. Because of this day in history we can know the forgiveness and peace of God in our lives today.
Maundy Thursday, April 18
7pm (childcare available)
Good Friday, April 19
7pm (childcare available)
Easter Sunday, April 21
6:30am (Sunrise), Heights campus
10am Worship (childcare available)
Fasting & PRayer during Lent
Fasting is a willing abstention from eating food, drinking or other forms of consumption, to make space in our souls to feast on Jesus. The Old and New Testaments are full of examples of people who fasted and Jesus taught on fasting and expected his followers to take up this practice (Matt 6:16).
In one sense, fasting is way to pray with your whole body. After all, you are not simply a spirit in a body; you are a spirit and a body. The discipline of fasting draws our attention to both our spiritual and our physical being. In fasting, the great hunger of the heart and mind for God permeates the body itself.
Fasting also softens our hearts and fosters an internal intimacy, a quiet space, in which God’s voice has more room. God is relational. Like any other intimate relationship, we hear one another better when we focus our entire person on the other. Fasting is not a hunger strike, but it is a way of expressing to God our hunger for him to move in our life and our community.
Here are types of fasts you might try:
Partial Fast: Cut out part of your diet such as sugar/desserts, alcohol, meat, caffeine, or dairy products for the entire duration of Lent (except Sundays). Chose something that has an inordinate hold on your life.
Whole Fast: Choose a challenging weekly practice of skipping entire meals, from 1 meal a week to 1-2 days per week. You still need to take in enough water and calories to sustain energy without satisfying hunger. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are common days that believers practice the Whole Fast. (You can continue this practice on Fridays throughout the year as a way to remember Jesus’ death and commune with him on the way to your resurrection.)
Partial “Media” Fast: Choose to abstain from modern distractions that have an inordinate hold on your imagination, such as social media, screen-based entertainment, or the news.
PRAYER is participating in the life of God talking with and listening to him, whether in solitude or in common worship. Christians often pray using the Scriptures, especially the Psalms. In Lent our prayers take on a tone of repentance and contrition. Specifically, you could try to memorize and pray all or party of Psalm 51 or you could take up the simple practice of praying “Jesus, Savior, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!” throughout the day.
Also, find ways to pray with others–whether as we gather on Sundays, with your LifeGroup, or with family and friends around the dinner table.