My first Holy Week

A Holy Week reflection by Debby Wilson.

I started attending Church of the Redeemer in September 2016. I was looking for a place of worship where I felt my beliefs would be in alignment with other Christians. I believe in standing up for and helping disadvantaged people, and respecting people who are different from me. I believed that Jesus loves everybody. In other churches I have attended, I just didn’t feel like I fit in. I felt like I was always going against the grain.  Here at Redeemer, I feel right at home.

For my first Holy Week at Redeemer, I was not sure what to expect. I felt eager and nervous at the same time to learn what Holy Week is all about. For one thing, I was scheduled to be a sacristan. I was extremely nervous about making mistakes for the Holy Eucharist setups during such an important holy season.

Holy Week sacristans

Liz Mills, left, and Debby Wilson, right, being sacristans

During the Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services, I felt closer to God than I ever have in any other church setting. Because of the music, the liturgy especially reached my spirit.

Foot washing

Foot washing on Maundy Thursday

During the evening service on Good Friday, Father Jed prostrated himself at the foot of the cross. It sent shivers through me. It made Jesus’ death so real to me. It was as sad and heartbreaking as burying a beloved family member. After communion, I became very emotional. I had such a lump in my throat that I couldn’t sing or pray. In my heart, I was processing what a sacrifice Christ has made for me. I felt so unworthy. It was a solemn and emotional service that I won’t forget.

Fr. Jed before the cross on Good Friday

Fr. Jed before the cross on Good Friday

For me, the most moving experience of the week was the Great Vigil of Easter. Wow! What an impact this service had on me. I loved the lighting of the new fire in the Memorial Garden. It reminded me that Jesus is light in the darkness and then proceeding into the nave.

Memorial Garden before the Great Vigil

I am happy that I discovered Church of the Redeemer. I enjoy being a part of the Altar Guild, learning about all the liturgical seasons and building new relationships. I am also learning so much in our adult education classes. The more I learn, the more I want to learn.

We have a great fellowship at Redeemer. We love to share our food together and reach out to others. We make a difference in our community. All these things are important to me and I love it here!

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal tradition. Art and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.