Holy Week in Diablo Valley

 

 

 

401996_10200540315486888_1912593282_nThe week before Easter is one of the very best times of the year, here in the Diablo Valley.  I’m aware of the irony in that last sentence.  Our hometown area has a dominant feature.  Mt. Diablo is about 4,000 feet in elevation, with a nearly as tall north peak joined to it.  It’s a beautiful mountain, and it has an incredible view from its peak.  The legend I choose to believe about the mountain is that the Spanish originally named it “Montaña Doble”, or double mountain.  When American settlers came in, they renamed it Diablo and came up with some Native American legend about what went on up there in ancient times.  I think they just didn’t understand Spanish very well.

Here in Diablo Valley, we have a multi-denominational family of churches named Church Without Shoes.  During holy week, we share in 40 hour prayer time on Monday and Tuesday, followed by a community wide communion service on Maundy Thursday.  There are about 35 churches involved, to varying degrees.  The pastors even go on a yearly retreat together.

This year, the worship band for Maundy Thursday consists of 13 musicians and tech folks from 9 churches.  We play pretty universally known worship songs, but the biggest thing going on is relationship.  We’re excited to see how God will use us together in worship, in relationship and in mission.

Have a great Easter Week!

iLent

One of the most exciting parts of my life is the relationship that many churches in central Contra Costa have through Church Without Shoes.  This is a pretty extraordinary group of people, across denominations who are doing some great things together.

One of those things is an online daily Lenten gospel reading called iLent. Along with the reading are notes from a different pastor each day, reflecting on what they hear God saying to them and what they’re going to do about it.  You also have a chance to respond in the same way.  I recommend it, especially if you’re looking for a spiritual practice to take on during lent  ilent.org