You have already seen the Holy Week schedule of services and we are almost half way through them now. It must have been a real pain getting into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday with all the crowds and so on but hey, we didn’t mind because the main event was Jesus anyway! I hope you will feel the same way this Maundy Thursday and Good Friday as we celebrate the feast, not with the old leaven of traffic rage and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of patience and truth, leaving our cars perhaps a little further away than normal, not blocking anyone’s way, and walking the last bit to church if need be. Remember, you could be in your home country lamenting that so few people go to church these days! Jerusalem that first Easter was a crowded city – use the experience of getting to church as part of the meditation and entering into the practice of Passover and crowd at crucifixions!
This year is busier than normal partly because both Western and Eastern churches celebrate the feast on the same weekend this year (a rare occurrence as we follow slightly different calendars), but also because the Sikh community celebrate Vaisakhi Day on Friday too so expect heavier than normal traffic on Friday! I don’t reveal this to give you and excuse not to come to church – please don’t give in, but rather take the advance warning as something to give you patience in the traffic jams (having come prepared with water to drink on the way if necessary), and so show the world that Dubai’s Christian Community is so devout that in our twelfth year the RTA must surely build a proper road to the churches complex in Jebel Ali! We are part of the fabric of what makes this city a good place – we should gather to pray at this special season and in due course, on Sunday morning (no traffic trouble then!) shout our Alleluias!
Thursday 17th April: 7.30pm
Friday 18th April: 9.30am
Saturday 19th: 9.30am
Special Service at our Academic City Church
Easter Sunday, 20th April
4.30am Easter Vigil Readings
5.30am Easter Dawn Service – the beginning’s the best bit so arrive on time – no traffic problems then!
9.30am Easter Morning Service with visting Glory Kids choir
7.30pm The Late Comers’ Mass
Traffic Tip: for those coming from the Sheikh Mo road with 4x4s, turn off the E77 behind the churches and come in that way – it’s fairly straighforward (in a very zig zag way). It’s fine for 2×4’s too but the unadventurous should not try it in case you gum it up for others. I recommend you do it by daylight before trying it at night.
Patience Tip: for that selfish idiot driver who zooms round the whole queue to push in further down spitting the desert dust in your face – Jesus says, bless those who persecute you. I’m sorry. Just do it. You could I suppose pray that the police may be lenient (i.e. that they catch them! LOL).