A Holy Week Message from Bishop Yoos
Dear Pastors and Deacons,
As you continue through this Holy Week, Ginny, Eric, Rick and I want you to know that we are holding you in our prayers. It is no small thing to invite your congregation to share the cross-bearing journey of Jesus at a time where people today mostly want to avoid any talk of suffering or sacrifice. Perhaps this is why Good Friday worship services are among the lowest in attendance of the year.
In our American culture where winning, victory and success are the dominant narratives that people aspire towards, there really isn’t a lot of interest in the broken, suffering and dying form of Jesus Christ. Whether it is the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Masters Golf Tournament or politics, most people want to be on the winning side.
Yet here we are telling the most incredible love story ever told to a disinterested crowd because it is a story that must be told, because our lives are caught up in this story ad because it is the only story that offers forgiveness and new life to our hurting, angry and polarized world.
Once again in Holy Week, we get to proclaim a love greater than sin, hate and the power of the evil one. Once again our lives are caught up in a wondrous love and mercy that doesn’t depend upon our efforts to be poured out generously upon a broken humanity. Once again throughout this Holy Week, we get to remind our congregations of the good news, “that he who had no sin became sin in order that we might become the righteousness of God.”
Our prayer this week is that you will find yourselves “letting the same mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.” May the self-emptying love of Jesus Christ our Lord hold you, enfold you and be poured out in you and through you.
This is Christ’s Church. There is a place for you here.
We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.
ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201