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A monthly blog by Rev. Dr George J. Koch, Holy Trinity’s Intentional Interim Pastor during our time of transition. Pastor Koch will provide spiritual leadership for Holy Trinity until the new regularly called Pastor takes office. In his weekly blog, Pastor Koch will discuss his thoughts on the Church Year and upcoming events at Holy Trinity.
Since the 1960’s Willie Nelson has been composing, singing and performing original music, primarily in the country music vein. He’s earned countless awards, has had trouble with wives and the IRS, and somehow has not only survived, but thrived. He is not only legendary in his own right, but often records for and with other artists. For the last 30 years played at the FarmAid festivals around the country. While he has written several significant hits, one of his best known is On the Road Again:
On the Road again; just can’t wait to get on the road again,
Playing music with my friend, I can’t wait to get on the road again.
Easter comes early this year, on March 27th. Hopefully by then the snow will be gone and the early bulbs like Snowdrops, Tulips, Daffodils, Jonquils and Hyacinth will be up. Easter reminds us that, like the burgeoning bulbs and the greening grass, new life awaits for Christians because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
This year we will be reading from Luke’s gospel for Easter and as something new this year, a surprise waits for you in the Easter Services. While I can’t go into detail now (it wouldn’t be a surprise then, would it!), I can tell you that one thing we will be using a special story only found in Luke’s gospel.
It is the evening of Easter and two minor disciples of Jesus, Cleopas and another unnamed disciple are walking toward Emmaus, a small town about seven miles from Jerusalem. Suddenly a stranger comes and starts walking together with them. “Why are you so sad?” he asks. They tell the stranger about Jesus’s suffering and death on the cross. But he tells them something amazing. “Don’t you know this had to happen?” He asks. Then he tells them all about the prophesy regarding Jesus’ resurrection. By this time they have reached Emmaus and the stranger appears to be going further. They ask him to stay for dinner. And as they eat, and as the stranger breaks the bread, they realize that he is Jesus! Then he vanishes from their sight. The two disciples say to one another, “Did not our hearts burn within us when he was walking with us on the road together and telling us what happened?”
Our word “Synod” is a shortened form of the Greek word which means “on the road, together.” It is the resurrected Jesus who meets together with us every time we break bread or hear his word. May Easter be a celebration of new life and joy for you. For on this road of life, we walk together again with “our friend” Jesus. Happy Easter!