1101 Bell Street, Amarillo, Texas, 79106
“Do you join
Christ?”……”Do you believe in Him?”
questions which we or our sponsor “in Orthodoxy” have answered,
need be remembered as each of us again joins our Friend in His
is more than an occasional person in our lives in some sense,
for we can never really forget Him.
Yet His presence can be ignored or discouraged by events
in our lives; lived as they are at this time in this society.
Friendship is sorely tested by the unspoken question,
“Why do bad things happen to good people?”
That question disrupts and can confuse our thinking about
being a friend. We
may guard ourselves and our allegiance.
We may at times be tempted to wonder about how practical
“being a friend” is.
we seek others of our kind.
We crave contact verbally.
We reach out and touch.
A kind facial expression is a help.
A smile can mean much, even from one who is a stranger to
us. As “good
persons”, we can offer empathy and support to others who
struggle in living their lives.
Often we are disappointed, for our efforts seem to have
little, more frequently, no effect.
Our friendship becomes strained to the point of breaking.
The discomfort of this strain may lead us to “wall
ourselves off” from this strain and from our “non-responsive”
“friend”; We “cut our
losses”, and the friendship ends.
Church offers us a form, a structure, a liturgical answer to our
feelings, our dismay, and discouragement.
The “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic” Church we
profess overcomes our humanity and our self-preservation.
It offers you and me the most profound reminders of who
we really are, somewhat bedraggled in our preparation.
ten days of Holy Week, from Lazarus Saturday to the Agape
Vespers of the “good news” voiced in many languages, affords us
the many, many moments of friendship sorely tried.
We, like the disciples, apostles, faithful followers,
can, through exercising our will, our judgment, our planning,
our capacity as “friends”, make the 10 days a capsule in time of
this “joyful sorrow”.
We make ourselves present to the “joy” and that “sorrow”
as we seek understanding of the unbounded, eternal love of God
for His people, His Creation, His Church.
willing ourselves to see, to hear, to experience His humility,
meekness, travail, and His victory over death itself, we also
have the freedom “to die unto life” by the death of our natural
instinctual legacy of fear, greed, foul talk, skepticism,
vainglory, angry response, inappropriate laughter, disdain for
proper behavior that appears “uncool”, and boredom – ennui, even
depression – accidie.
life has been gained for us.
Our life is given to us as a gift to be lived, and
embraced by our Friend…..God Himself!!
This Friend whose unwavering commitment defines for us
that for which we have longed.
Yet we, in our self-righteousness have dismissed as
love, this life, this time, we can respond to by our renewed
belief, our thankful response, being in relationships that we
nurture and are nurtured by.
By our willingness to suffer as He suffered to gain a
life that is tranquil, peaceful, and without sin.
can, if we will, in these short 10 days of Holy Week, be more
zealous, be different than we were at the beginning.
We then become and begin again the “new life in Christ,
the Risen One”, for then for all who see us, hear us, are
befriended by us know truly….”He is Risen”….and a Friend of all
Eritrean/Ethiopian Bible Study is held each Saturday afternoon at 4:00 and
all are invited to come to this special time of worship.
Also, on the Sundays when Fr. David is not present we have Bible
Study at 11:00 am, with the church opening earlier so that we
may all enter and prepare ourselves through prayer and