So, the #HeIsRisen hashtag certainly had plenty going on, as did #HeHasRisen, as did “He Is Risen”, etc…. This is where, if we want to make an impact/get trending, it’s good to pre-agree a hashtag:
I think this is so awesome, I didn’t want to add anything else:
OK, this is what #EasterLive is suggesting for Maundy Thursday: Passover Preparations. Washing disciples feet. Peter’s denial predicted. Jesus predicts his betrayal. The Last Supper. Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus betrayal and arrest. Jesus before Caiaphas. Jesus before Pilate.
With so much to look at, I thought I’d take a look at what Bryony had written (she always writes thoughtful stuff!), and I don’t know why, but that triggered me off to think about foot washing…
1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (John 13:1-16, New International Version, ©2011)
I searched for the term on YouTube, and came up with brilliant example of contemporary practice (not just symbolic): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maundy_Thursday
I then thought, well, I’m not really sure what Maundy Thursday is (aside from the day when the Queen gives out bags of coins, and the older she gets, the more money you get…), so thank you Wikipedia for always being a great FIRST stop!
Take a virtual visit to the Garden of Gethsemane “Not my will, but yours”:
In looking for Jesus brought before Pilate… it reminded me of the Manchester Passion 2006 (I was there, in the crowd… would we have been when Jesus was brought in front of Pilate?), see the Last Supper:
Of course there’s always Mel Gibson’s film, but local Passion plays, to be held tomorrow, give a chance to be a part of something on Good Friday. The closest one to me is in Southampton 7.30pm tomorrow (see @sotonpassion)…. anyone want to come with me? I missed the one in Winchester in 2008, but there’s plenty of others round the UK.
On Wednesday, #EasterLive encourages us to look at Judas’s betrayal (found here in the form of the Rock Musical Jesus Christ SuperStar):
Hmmm – that made me look at Lady Gaga’s Judas lyrics… wonder quite what perspective she’s coming from…
and the anointing at Bethany (found here in the form of a meditation)
I also came across a few other options, but decided that the two above offered an interesting enough contrast…
So, it’s Tuesday, what does that mean? Not knowing the Easter timeline all that well, I was very pleased to spot this Holy Week Timeline via someone’s Twitter account, and blogged about it earlier today on BigBible.
According to the timeline above, we’re onto the withered fig tree, but EasterLive gives us a clear outline for the stories that we are looking at.
So, Tom Wright has talked to us about the Tenants in the Vineyard:
and in week 4, it was all about parables!
EasterLive have given us clickable options to what others have been talking about (I am assuming across the whole hashtag, rather than just for today):
Ah no, I just clicked, it’s not doing a tag cloud, it has given a list of pre-suggested words (so #Easterlive tweeters, get using them), as there’s a couple that are empty if you click through into them.
Do arguments have to difficult, harsh, etc.? I googled ‘Postive Argument’, which may be some kind of scientific term, but I liked The Happiness Project outline of how to positively contribute to arguments..
There’s so many things we could follow around the web, but I’m off to meet with Huw, the imaginative person behind EasterLive, to celebrate his upcoming birthday…
OK, so today on #EasterLive, and in church last night, the focus is on Jesus clearing the Temple.
Our readings last night were: Jeremiah 7; http://plixi.com/p/93388465 and Matthew 21 http://plixi.com/p/93388772, and the sermon was a great mix of theological reflection (the Jews expected this great King, then he reprimanded them), and practical application (do what we sing, and what we do throughout the week, match up?)…
which sent me on a little hunt for material online, including this great piece on ‘Holy Monday‘ (more commonly associated with Catholic celebrations).
What did the Temple look like… I wondered what images 12baskets would have (none under the heading ‘Holy Monday’… others have some to upload?), but ‘Temple’ brought back the following entry:
Obviously, most of it is now in ruins… but this is a place that I one day hope to see with Oak Hall (I have met so many people who have been with Oak Hall, and have heard nothing but enthusiasm for the trip)., so I thought I’d check out Flickr (Creative Commons again), and brought up a scale model of what it may have looked like at the time:
Flickr is very much about catching photos (whereas 12baskets encourages the uploading of paintings, etc. too), so I wasn’t hopeful when I put in ‘Jesus, Temple, Jerusalem’, but interestingly this image came up… Jesus may have been throwing the Jewish marketplace out of the Church, but should we (as Christians) be more active in the Market Place (whether by that we mean shopping centres… or plenty of people shop (and plenty of other activities) online (hence @bigbible):
What’s going on on the #EasterLive hashtag?
And @easyrew has started a really interesting (and thoughtful) debate re: whether #EasterLive works as an idea… I’m with Bryony… I love seeing people TRY things, then we sit back, talk about it, and see which bits we should take forward/which need tweaking or abandoning!
If you’re keen for another Passion story running in real time, check out @thepassionexp (text, Tweets, Facebook, etc…), which interestingly (actually) could be tagged #EasterLive also…:
Pray that you have a thoughtful Holy Monday, and if you’ve been doing #bigread2011, don’t forget today’s reading.
Have you heard of EasterLive yet? If not, check it out, and see the stories that people are posting on the #EasterLive hashtag on Twitter (if you’re not sure how to use Twitter, there’s a great guide here), and last year’s story is being retold on Facebook.
It’s Passover week in 1st Century Jerusalem. A bustling throng of Jewish pilgrims have gathered in the city. But this year a preacher/carpenter from Nazareth is set to turn the tables of history – right before their eyes. This is the Easter story and this is your cue.
By Tweeting your story, the Easter(LIVE) website allows you to showcase your very own Passion Play. Be it a historical and Biblical account or a poetic, visual, musical or creative retelling - it’s up to you. It’s a chance to explore, to learn and be creative. Give it your personal stamp, bring it to life and share it with everyone.
I am going on a visual, digi-explorer journey, to see where my thoughts, prompts from others on Twitter, and Google take me… and may God prompt me to put something useful on here, alongside the materials we’ve been producing for BigBible!!
I am a keen supporter of 12Baskets, and am embedding myself in using the tools in order to provide feedback on how we can encourage its use using social media… so many people spend so long preparing sermons, tracking down images that can be (legitimately) used (praying before you download from Google isn’t really an ethical approach!), and we could do so much more if we SHARED images. The site already has over 35,000 images – what can you contribute?!
Anyway, I went onto 12baskets to look for images related to Palm Sunday… and here’s your opportunity to add to the 8 images currently online, although there’s also a great selection of written thoughts, hymns, and materials to purchase, and picked out the following couple of images:
What were the verses that tell us the story of Palm Sunday, of Jesus coming into Jerusalem on a donkey… and note, as Richard Littledale has in his blog… that the donkey doesn’t only appear “in the Christmas story”.
Luke 19:29-40 “When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Lives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it? just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They said, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Then they brought it to Jesus’ and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order you disciples to stop.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’”
John 12:11-19 “The next day a great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord — the King of Israel!’ Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: ‘Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!’ His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him. So the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to testify. It was also because they heard he had performed this sign that the crowd went to meet him. The Pharisees then said to one another, ‘You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!’”
@richardlittleda had been talking to @vahva, as she’d posted the picture below – donkeys in the churchyard (from today!)… he’d responded to tell her about his blog post… donkeys are not just for Christmas!
I wonder what YouTube has to offer on this? There are multiple videos on YouTube, but I thought this one was beautifully produced and with a great message…
I grew up in a Brethren church, and I’m not sure we did Easter in the same way that others do. The one thing that has always stuck out in my mind from when I started going to an Anglican church was the prominence of these palm crosses, so I headed over to Flickr to see if I could find a Creative Commons image for that… and went for a little hunt as to their significance. These crosses can either be given to members of the congregation for them to place somewhere as a reminder of Easter throughout the year, or the alter may be covered with palms which are blessed, then kept, and burned the following year, the ashes used on Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent) to mark the forheads of the faithful (from here).