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Colossians 3:12-17

If you’re wondering what to wear today
And celebrated Jesus’ passion
Then what you put on is more about heart
Than what’s the latest fashion.

Compassion means “to suffer with”
And kindness softens words
Humility puts others first
And meekness seeks to serve

Patience lets us bear with Love
Forgive as He’s forgiven
Such Love is what we’re bound together by
And life from which we’re living.

The peace of Christ that rules our hearts
Over all competing Lords
Allows us to be filled with thanks
Making ploughs out of our swords.

When the Word of Christ dwells richly
With gratitude in our hearts
No matter our particular place
We will each contribute our parts

In the chorus of creation
The symphony of praise
And we will find eternity
Is filled with just such days

To do whatever the day invites
In the nature & Love of Christ
Not imagining the power we wield
But honoring His Sacrifice.

Matthew 27:57–66

When someone dies before their time
Not a single person is ready
We allow anyone to offer help
For their hands can be more steady

A disciple from the fringes?
A rich man just converted?
Joseph of Arimathea came
When he had been alerted.

He helped to wrap the body
As all creation watched and mourned
The heaviest of weight in grief
In their stomachs continued to form

Yet even as their tears were moist
Rome was staying in the loop
The Pharisees has warned them
Of deception possible by His group

The worst thing that could happen
Would be to let them pretend He rose
And so the tomb was well guarded
By His enemies and foes.

The heavy stone was rolled in place
And guards stood just nearby
The women slowly walked away
As all the cosmos sighed.

I wonder if creation could
Feel something New was brewing?
Or if even the birds and fish
Had no idea what the creator was doing…

John 18:1-19:42

It was in the garden
Where humanity disobeyed
And it would be a garden
Where Jesus was betrayed

Judas came with soldiers
Armed with knife and sword
To come and arrest Jesus
Our calm and loving Lord

He admonished Peter quickly
To put his sword away
And healed his wounded captor
Though this didn’t cause delay

They took him before Annas
And Caiaphas the high priest
Who’d said it was better for one to die
As an offering of peace

They wanted to kill Jesus
A threat to balances of power
But they needed a valid reason
And all their arguments turned sour

They took Jesus to Pilate
Who asked what He had done
They said Jesus deserved to die
But they could not be the ones

Only Rome had authority
To wield the tool of death
But Pilate found no reason
To take Jesus’ final breath

He had him flogged and bleeding
But this didn’t please the crowds
Jesus was their sacrifice to Rome
And so they shouted loud

“Crucify him, Rome is our King!”
And He, to die was sent
The most humbling death imaginable
Forgiving as He went…

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

The bitterness of knowing
His time had come to pass
Sharing a final Passover
He stepped up to the task

By kneeling before each of them
Even his betrayer
To wash their feet as servants do
Even though this seemed unfair

“Not my feet” Peter declared
“But all of me instead.”
Jesus looked at Him with Love
(Though perhaps shook His head.)

As mortar to the bricks of slaves
So my Love fills the gaps
And you will build a Kingdom, freed
To love beyond all maps

The meal started with thankfulness
But turned bitter again
When Jesus said where He was going
They could not come with Him

He would become the spotless lamb
Redeeming every story
And very soon, the Father would
Receive redemptive Glory

Not only new beginnings
But a promised New Creation
As God transformed & flourished in Love
A New and Global Nation

John 13:21-32

Jesus became troubled
And called out his betrayer
Even though it was something
He could’ve sought in silent prayer

A group that watches out
Over the hearts of each other
Not only sharing friendship
But each one was like a brother

Moments of authenticity
Threaten deceptions’ power
For Judas, it set him free to act
Being told this was the hour

Now is the time to stop pretending
To reveal what’s in your heart
The heart of Judas, revealed as hard
By choosing to depart

Vulnerable relationship
Is a Holy place to stay
It’s not a magic pill that makes
All sin go away

But as God’s children covenant
To watch over each other in Love
We’re reminded of God’s own desire
Not to remain “above”.

He came to live among us
To make our world His own
And not only to share time and space
But to humbly take the throne

If Judas and we would stay
And humbly confess our sin
In purposeful relationships
Where such Love can enter in

Imagine the redemption
God can use these moments for
And it can all begin by simply
Not running out the door.

John 12:20-36

The Greeks who came to worship
Wanted to see Jesus while in town
This confirmed his suspicion
That word had gotten around

The healings that He had performed
The authority when He spoke
The way He invited everyone
Even the unclean folk

He was subversively announcing
Revealing earthly power as undone
Telling everyone, “Repent, and hear
God’s Kingdom has come!”

A seed of New Creation
Which means He has to die
In order to be raised again
His followers wondered why

Which stirred His soul to trouble
He didn’t want to make
Them worry everything would end
Then the Father spoke, for their sake

“I will glorify my name.”
Something big was happening here
Whatever was going to happen next
They didn’t need to fear

It was all part of Gods larger plan
To bring about His Will
That everyone would know His Love
And with it, He would fill

The earth like oceans overflowed
So all would know His glory
It’s more than “Jesus in my heart”
It’s being swallowed by His story.

We don’t just follow His example
And try to live as He
We are born again, children of light
A New Identity.

John 12:1-11

This final cast of characters
From years of Jesus’ service
Would be enough to make any good Jew
More than a little nervous

Gathered in the home of Lazarus
(Who was raised from unclean dead.)
And in comes an emotional woman
Washing his feet with the hair of her head

Her hair was filled with fragrance
That filled the home with scent
Making Judas seem indignant
At what such a gesture meant

Surely the value of such things
Could be used in better ways
(“Trust me”, he may have thought to himself
“I know someone who pays.”)

An awkward meal, it may have been
The dead serving the dying
And more than one among them
Who would end the week by lying

What dinner conversations
Do such moments offer friends?
When you know the lives you share
Are coming to an end?

Still Jesus welcomed all who came
From curiosity or Love
No matter our motivation
A desire to know more is enough

Enough to join a moment
Where He offers to break bread
There’s no better time, or week than now
To read through all He said

His words were not spoke hastily
For God knew they’d be received
Every word was spoken that we
His Love would come to believe.

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