Great Sabbath Lovefeast, Saturday, April 15, 2017
The Great Sabbath lovefeast gives us time to live with the horrors of yesterday and today.
Jesus, the light of the world, today we remember lies in a dark tomb.Jesus, the Bread of Life, the Way, the Truth and the Life, today we remember is dead.Jesus, the Word is silent.Jesus, who raised Lazarus from the dead, is dead.Our greatest hope has come to a hopeless end.
In our Moravian tradition, we have been re-living the events of this week of all weeks as if we were there. And so we are there on this Sabbath as were his first disciples, sharing our loss and grief. The painful reality of this day is the tomb of Jesus.
This is not a happy service.
But it is a blessed service… for we are blessed to have each other to lean upon in bearing each others burdens. We are blessed to be able to sing songs of faith, even on a day when our faith, it seems, has been shattered. We are blessed to share a simple meal, for even in our grief, we need to eat.
And we are blessed with the knowledge that we can gather when this Sabbath is over tomorrow morning at 6:30 AM and hear the rest of the story. Don’t miss it… nor the great celebration at 10:30 AM tomorrow.
This Great Sabbath service ends in silence, no benediction or postlude.
This Lovefeast service is accompanied by the Adult Choir and Orchestra with the Trombone (Brass) Choir playing before the service.