Our Trinity Lenten Journey Continues...
"Have you seen
it yet? And what did you think? Was it good?" These questions
often come to me about "the movie" - not just at Trinity but wherever I
go in the community. Several Trinity members and I went to see "The
Passion of the Christ" movie the week it came out and spent about an hour
and a half discussing it after the viewing.
I think it was
good - really well done - and I can recommend it for most adult
Christians to see. The level of graphic violence is quite high
and while we're perhaps too used to seeing violence in movies, this is
really different. We KNOW Jesus and can't imagine such things being
done to him, while the characters in movies we would have less connection
with. I do NOT recommend that young children see it, and that even
older teens should be allowed to see it with adults who are able to help
them understand the context of the events in the movie (I also do not recommend
doing what I heard some are doing - going to see the movie EVERYDAY during
the movie for myself, I would say that Mel Gibson was trying to recreate
the actual crucifixion for people to see today, hoping that it would
have the same impact in our time as it did in Jesus time. Modern
movie making technology allows this to be done in such a way that what
we see on the screen seems more real than what people who were actually
there and a part of the historical events might have seen. It really
worked pretty well, too. I haven't spoken to anyone who was unmoved
by it, and many long-time Christians were given greater appreciation of
the events of Jesus' last days. There were audible gasps and moans from
the audience during the movie. It is quite well done.
But The Passion
isn't the end of the story, is it. We don't leave Jesus on the cross,
nor do we put all the emphasis on the events of Holy Week and Good Friday
- Easter is coming! The victory over darkness, suffering, and death
was won! And that's what makes his Passion a world-changing event.
focus in an extreme manner on the Passion
alone - which the movie really does try to do - can be a problem without
seeing it in the light of the resurrection.
First Communion Classes
I will be leading
these again this year for 5th graders (and those who missed it).
Please see the article later in the newsletter.
Welcome to Brad Newsom and David Reeder!
our new Music Director; and David Reeder, our new
Organist for the 8 am service, are now
fully engaged in the music ministry here at Trinity. The Music Committee
would like to invite you to a Welcome Coffee Hour on Sunday, March 14th,
between the services. Please join us in helping them feel welcome.
Our Lenten meditation
services continue with the series, This Lenten Road, continues on
Wednesdays up until Holy Week. Please join us for a soup supper at
6pm and the service at 7.