Maundy Thursday: Part 1 of the Story
April 3, 2015
At our Maundy Thursday service, celebrating the Lord's institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion, Pastor Thelander gave us the first part of a sermon that will continue throughout the three days of the Great Triduum:
"The sermons on each of the nights of this week are going to attempt to answer one simple question: Why are we here?" he said.
"My answer to that question is rather simple, and yet I hope it will be meaningful for us. We are here because we are part of a tradition.
"We have a tradition that says to us that these three days are the most important three days in all of history. We did not invent this stuff. We did not figure it out on our own. And we are not living our lives and our faith as islands unto ourselves.
"We are not religious or spiritual “innovators.” We are not religious entrepreneurs. We are not making stuff up as we go. We stand inside of a story, an old, old story.
Why are we here tonight? We are here because of others who saw things, who witnessed events, and who knew people who were important to those events.
Tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, we will ask the question: Why are we here? And in each case, the answer will be the same. We are here because we are part of a tradition.
"But each night we will also answer this question in a specific way. So tonight, on Maundy Thursday, we ask the question: Why are we here?
The answer: We are here tonight because we are part of a tradition that claims that in the sacrament of Holy Communion, the church proclaims and makes Jesus known in ways that preaching alone cannot do."
That was the introduction. In a few days the complete sermon will be available to read or to listen to here.
You can experience parts 2 and 3 of the sermon as we continue our journey through "the most important three days in all of history" together at Epworth. Tonight 7:00, Saturday Easter Vigil 8:00.