On Palm Sunday many churches do a nice processional with children and adult choir members laying down palms as they process into the sanctuary. Impressive. On Maundy Thursday we read about Judas’ betrayal and break bread and drink from the cup. On Good Friday, if we are really serious Christians, perhaps we have Stations of the Cross. On Easter it’s all resurrection and hallelujahs, Christ the Lord is risen today. Maybe a sunrise service followed by church breakfast. Easter cantatas are splendid. But what do we leave out? Always pay attention to what we leave out.
Perhaps we should have a Lament Monday, remembering Jesus cried over Jerusalem. We could get some marginalized people to tell us all that is wrong with the city in which we live and after each statement we could wail for two minutes. Who knows, we might even consider asking the marginalized people to hang around and be a part of the church.
Tuesday should be Destruction of Church Day. Jesus created a ruckus in the temple. Turned over a few tables. On this day we could shred the church budget and constitution. End the service by predicting the imminent destruction of the church.
Wednesday could be Woe To Scribe and Pharisees day. Clergy would not lead or pick out the people to lead these services. Church leaders would be required to sit beside the clergy and remain silent.
How would you organize Holy Week so that it’s not so much fluff?