Here is the Holy Week coloring page that Pastor Michael mentioned in this week's Thursday Thoughts. It's by artist Pauline Williamson, who has given permission for it to be distributed and used. Bottom to top, the image reveals: the Palm Sunday story, the Passover supper (Maundy Thursday), the Garden of Gethsemane and the judgment of Jesus, the beating and crucifixion of Jesus (Good Friday), his burial and the sealed tomb (Holy Saturday), and his resurrection appearance (Easter Sunday).
Today's lectionary reading for contained these words from Psalm 31:9-10.
9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye wastes away from grief,
my soul and body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
and my bones waste away.
These words seem to express the sentiment of so many who are struggling with illness, increased stress, and loss. If you find yourself in this spot today, let the words of the psalmist be your prayer today.
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. minister and civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, TN. ABHS has a record of his attendance at Crozer Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1951 and where he was elected president of the student body. ABHS also has many books and magazine articles about his life and ministry, books by him and a tape of a sermon he preached.