Good Friday Gathering – A Story of Loss

Good Friday Slide copyCommunities often give themselves permission to celebrate, but we don’t always give ourselves permission to grieve. Good Friday was anything but good, it was the day where some disciples lost their teacher, a mother lost her son, and the world lost it’s savior.

On Good Friday 2014 – The Commons will be giving permission to everyone gathered to spend some time in that feeling of loss. We can’t promise it will be a “good” time but over the last number of years we Commoners have found that this permission to reflect, grieve and lament to be a meaningful part of our collective spiritual journey.

Good Friday Gathering – A Story of Loss
10am – April 18th, 2014

26 Wilson Street, Hamilton
On the upper floor of the Living Rock Building.

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Teresa by The Liturgists

Teresa by The Liturgists

Darkness such that haunts my soul
Desperate longing for an absent God
The torture and the pain I can’t explain
My heart cries

Repulsed and empty in my soul
Revolted by the blatant lack of God
The torture and the pain I can’t explain
My heart cries

Oh my God, where are you?
Oh my God, where are you?
Oh my God, my God, my God

Repulsed and empty in my soul
Revolted by the blatant lack of God
The torture and the pain I can’t explain
My heart cries

Oh my God, where are you?
Oh my God, where are you?
Oh my God, my God, my God

Martin Luther King’s Mountaintop Perspective

martin-luther-king-jr-christianMartin Luther King delivered the above “Mountaintop” speech 46 years ago today on April 3rd, 1968. The very next day he was assassinated.

As we are in the middle of Lent and contemplating Jesus’ last days it is sobering to think of how King knowingly followed Jesus into death.

Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross and follow me. If you want to save your life,you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find it. What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul? – Matthew 16:24-26 (CEV)

As followers of Jesus it is important not to trivialize, Jesus’ call to “take up your cross.” This is not the cross of coughs & sniffles and aches & pains. How can we learn to carry the cross that Jesus was talking about?

  • The cross of loving enemies.
  • The cross of turning the other cheek.
  • The cross of offering forgiveness, even when forgiveness is not deserved.
  • The cross of standing with those who are being abused.
  • The cross of peace, even when being peaceful seems like losing.
  • The cross of working for a cause we may not see completed.
  • The cross of speaking truth, even when that truth is so hated and feared that it could lead to death.

It is important to recognize that Martin Luther King wasn’t justĀ  carrying a cross as a struggle against something, he was also carrying a cross while struggling towards something. He said over and over again in his last speech “I’ve been to the mountaintop.” He caught a glimpse of God’s plan, theĀ  Kingdom, Shalom, the Promised Land. He was picking up his cross not for the sake of being a martyr, he was picking up his cross to follow Jesus into this new land, this better way of being.

As people seeking after Justice and Peace, as followers of Jesus, we need to find ways to catch glimpses of this new land, so we too can have the mountaintop perspective needed to carry our own crosses.

Sun. Mar. 30th – Worship Gathering at 5:45pm

540112_10151573162965225_1185009683_nThis Sunday, March 30th, we will be starting Worship Gathering 15 minutes early at 5:45pm.

The Reason is Horizon Utilities is doing some work in the area and we were given notice that they will be turning the power off at about 7pm, we though it best to bump up our start time a little. Don’t worry we will have lots of candles out in case we are still socializing when the power goes out. For those of you who can’t make it early, just come when you can.