It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’
Tony Campolo tells of a sermon he heard by an African-American preacher that went on for almost an hour using a variation on just one sentence, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’.” The pastor would describe a dark, dire situation that seemingly had no escape and then proclaim “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’.”
This year, as we approach the end of the Lenten season and come to Holy Week, we do so having made it through a long and sometimes dark year that will give new meaning to our Holy Week celebrations. On Maundy Thursday we will be posting on our website, https://www.tustinpresbyterian.org, a service that has been put together by a number of local PCUSA churches that feature our quartet and readers from our congregation. Through this service, we will be able to walk with Jesus and His disciples through the events of that night taking us up to His death on the cross. That service will leave us saying, “It’s Friday but….”As we move through the weekend in the shadow of Jesus’ death, just as His disciples did, we will wait. The one difference being that we know that even though Friday happened, Sunday is comin’.
When Sunday comes, we will gather together through our live streamed service to celebrate the good news of that first Easter; that even though sin and evil won for a short while, God’s grace won for eternity. That even though Friday happened, Sunday came. We will do this in the shadow of the last year, knowing that another Sunday is coming when we will gather again in Christ’s name and sing God’s praises. I look forward to sharing this great celebration on Easter Sunday, looking forward to that great day soon when I can gather again with all of you and reminding all of us that even as we live through dark Fridays, Sunday is always coming because Jesus Christ is alive.