Dear brave and beautiful Underwood,
We are now in the midst of our Lenten season together. Lent is a time of resisting that which takes our focus away from God so that we may see God; thus, Lent is a sort of protest. For this reason, we have been singing songs of protest originating from civil rights movements of the past, and we have been exploring together what it means to be Baptist. It is good to get to know our identity as Baptists, and as members who make up Underwood Memorial Baptist Church. Dissent is a deep and abiding piece of our identity. We have a rich heritage both in our local congregation and in the larger Baptist Church from which we should draw, as we seek to be a prophetic voice in our city.
This is a good trajectory to guide us into the solemness of Holy Week, which is one of the most important weeks in the life of our community. We will have a number of services during Holy Week as we prepare our bodies, hearts, and minds for the most central part of the Gospel, the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. One of these services will be at Underwood, but the other two will be in conjunction with other congregations as we seek to nurture our ecumenical partnerships in one of the most powerful ways: worshiping the Lord together.
The ways that we’ll gather for Holy Week are:
On Palm Sunday, we’ll gather at 10am with palms, psalms, and songs as we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
On Wednesday, we’ll gather at 7pm along with two other congregations at Metropolitan Community Church for a replica meal of what would have been eaten at the Last Supper of Christ. Communion will be served as we gather around tables to eat foods of the 1st Century, potluck style.
On Thursday, we’ll gather at Underwood for a Foot-washing Service in conjunction with Metropolitan Community Church. Foot-washing is a very Baptist tradition and we will revive it at Underwood this Holy Week; it was first modeled for us by Christ prior to the Last Supper. Foot-washing is an act of humility, a gift, and an act of service; it models well how we seek to love and serve each other in humility here at Underwood. This will be a worship service that will include prayers, singing, and a time where those who would like gather in a line and wash someone's feet (or hands if you'd prefer) and have your feet washed as well.
On Friday, we’ll continue our Good Friday tradition and gather from 12-1pm, at Wauwatosa Presbyterian along with Bethany-Calvary United Methodist for a joint worship service. This will be a somber service commemorating the death by crucifixion of Christ.
And finally, on Easter Sunday, Underwood will celebrate Christ's resurrection by continuing the tradition of having a short early morning service at 8:00am in the Fireside Room, then breakfast at 9:00am, and the full service at 10:00am in the sanctuary.
Please make plans to come to these services as we observe this sacred week together,
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