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How To Make Holy Week Holy
by Nancy M. Powers

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Holy Week is fast approaching. We’re half way through lent. Palm Sunday will be here before you know it. The day commemorating when Jesus entered Jerusalem a hero, a Savior, the Christ. People laid out palms in front of Him. They praised Him and shouted accolades. But soon He would be scorned, scourged, ridiculed and led to His death. The Via Dolorosa – The Way of Grief. Holy Week takes us on His journey as we enter into His Via Dolorosa.

We have to challenge ourselves to find ways in which we can really enter into Holy Week. A Way that is a culmination of our Lenten Journey towards the most important moment ever…the Resurrection of Jesus – Our Easter!

Here are a few ideas you may want to consider. If you have others, share them at our Facebook page at

Open your bible and read Matthew 26 and 27. Marks writes about it in Mark 14 and 15. Luke leads us in Luke 22 and 23. And John, who stood at the foot of the Cross writes about Jesus’ last days in John 18 and 19.

One of the most powerful moments in my life was when I washed the feet of another. Within your family, read the Gospel describing Jesus washing the feet of the disciples and then wash the feet of your family. It’s powerful!

If you’re a visual person, you may want to watch “The Passion of the Christ” – inspired by the writings of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich, known for her purported visions of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Spend time in prayer..real prayer. Enter into it. Light a candle. Place a cross or other image in front of you. Enter into a song, a prayer, the quiet. I’m reminded of the lyrics by Kari Jobe.

The more I seek you
The more I find you
The more I find you, the more I love you

I wanna sit at your feet
Drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breath, feel your heart beat
This love is so deep, it’s more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it’s overwhelming

Make Holy Week overwhelming. If you do I know your Easter will be epic. We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!

Unprecedented and Uncertain
by Onie Lee

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“Unprecedented and Uncertain” those seem to be the two terms I have heard continually in the last several weeks. I want to focus on the word uncertain.  I googled it, and this is the first definition that comes up:  insecure, precarious, imply a lack of predictability. That which is uncertain is doubtful or problematical; it often involves danger through an inability to predict, or to place confidence in the unknown. It made me stop and think, when has my life has ever been certain?  When my parents passed away, when my brother had a heart transplant, when a friend was diagnosed with cancer, these were all uncertain times.  Was I certain when I left a job of 20 years to start Rise Up?  Now I know this is not the same, but those have been some fearful times in my life.  So, I have to ask myself, how did I manage through those uncertain times, and I only have one answer. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4). ” Yes, though times do seem scary, the emotion that I feel is not entirely unfamiliar.  A friend posted in her Facebook feed, “This is really hard.”  So many people responded to it that they felt the same way.  Our lives have changed. My house has turned into an office and schoolhouse.  The doorbell rings and we all freak out.  Why is someone at my door?  We can’t let them in.  Our neighbors have somehow become our enemies.  I know this is what we all are thinking.  This is not easy but what sustains me through this all is my relationship with Christ and the knowledge that ultimately, He is in charge.  I can surely do my part and stay home, but ultimately, I need Him right now more than ever.  I watched the Pope give a blessing to the world last Friday, and he said “Be Not Afraid,” that has to be my mantra.  I spoke to someone yesterday that said, “I have prayed more in the last two weeks than any other time in my life.”  What a great feeling to be able to turn to God.  Worship music is a big part of my prayer life.  The song Waymaker has been my go to during these uncertain times.  Here are some words I want to share with you from the song:

Way maker

Miracle worker

Promise keeper

Light in the darkness

You wipe away all tears

You mend the broken heart

You’re the answer to it all Jesus

Happy Happy Joy Joy
by Onie Lee

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I had lunch with a friend the other day, and the subject of how we seem to crave a fulfilled life through happiness came up. It made me think about happiness and joy, and how they are both great feelings to experience but are different even though some may think they are the same. I was talking with my daughter, and I asked her what she thought true happiness was. She turned her head for a minute “like mom, what are you asking me this time” and then explained it in a way that made sense to me. “Joy is something I can control, and happiness is dependent on other people and things I surround myself with.” I had nothing to say because she had nailed it.  Joy comes when you make peace with yourself and who you are, and happiness is reliant on the world we live in and the things and people in it.  Happiness can come when things are good. Have you ever heard someone say rate how happy you are on a scale of 1 to 10?  Happiness is a sliding scale and can change as the people, and things change around us.  We become happier when something positive happens or the opposite, afterward, when something not so great happens.  Joy, on the other hand, is a mindset or a way of life, and it runs deeper than happiness.  I know for sure that I find my joy when I open myself to the presence of God.  When I can feel God in my life, I have a sense of peace and a better understanding of who I am.  It can also be contagious; the joy I find in having a relationship with Christ can flow through me to others.  

We all remember Winnie the Pooh.  I want to take a moment to think about the differences between Tigger and Eyore. Tigger bounces through life never a worry in the world and is fun-loving, cheerful, outgoing, optimistic, and confident.  Eeyore, on the other hand, is pessimistic, worrisome, and depressing.  Now, these are both just characters in a book, but who would you rather be?  Eyore’s attitude keeps him from ever finding joy and has given up, but Tigger’s approach leads to a life of enjoyment.  I am pretty sure we would all choose Tigger, who is destined to lead a life of joy and happiness because he is at peace with who he is.

Sometimes I lose touch with how to cultivate joy.  I can easily become Eyore and get lost in my negativity and worry. That is especially true when I find myself drifting away from my relationship with God. God does not want us to be worrisome he wants us to be enthusiastic and at peace.  So when we can trust in Him, those feelings go away and allow us to be joyful. We all need to remember that we can control our joy. 

 “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.” William James American philosopher and psychologist

I Will Rise! Happy Easter!
by Onie Lee

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I was listening to the radio in my car, and the song “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin came on.  At first, my interest was piqued because the word rise was in it, but as I listened to the lyrics, I realized what a great Easter message it has. I even texted to the music director at church as a suggested song to use at Easter.  The song talks about how God overcame the grave and how we will rise us up if we have faith and do our best to follow Him.  The lyrics go on to show the love of Jesus and how He died on the cross so we can live with Him in heaven forever. “And I will rise when He calls my name/No more sorrow, no more pain/ I will rise on eagles’ wings/Before my God fall on my knees/And rise/I will rise”. 

On Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  Like the song says, death is finally conquered, and the victory is on!   While this sounds like such good news, when it comes to everyday life, this message might be hard to remember all the time. The world we live in can be a cruel, dark, and ugly place.  I know many times I don’t feel victory and even feel alone and abandoned. What gets me through these difficult times is relying on the love that God has for me. Imagine where we would be if everything ended with Jesus death on Good Friday.  It is only through Jesus’ resurrection that God can transform our darkest moments into the greatest act of love we have ever known.   The resurrection of Christ gives us hope in the promise of eternal life.  It is an invitation to follow Christ. No matter what is happening in the world and in our lives, the Resurrection is so much bigger than all of those things. His promise to us is so much bigger.  Jesus’ resurrection allows us also to rise with Him when he calls us.  

Jesus is alive and inviting us to Rise Up and remember that victory is on this Easter! Let us all strive to say yes to an invitation to eternal life with Christ. That is the reason to celebrate! Peace, grace, love, and Happy Easter to you!  

Push Your Fears Aside
by Lola Martin

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What a beautiful thing, being able to gather in one place and worship the same God in unity. Nothing makes me more proud to be a Christian than partaking in this fellowship. Rise Up has opened a multitude of doors for us to grow in faith. It is a place where all brokenness is welcome. It a place that allows that brokenness to be healed by Christ.

This past Rise Up was one of the best ones yet. We praised God with ALOB, who sang songs such as, “Lion and the Lamb,” “Build My Life,” and even his originals like, “God Hero.” Lead singer of ALOB, Andrew Laubacher, touched on his conversion experience as a teenager. At just eighteen years old, Andrew was an atheist. He spent most of his time partying and doing everything that his friends wanted him to do. At one point, he finally felt God calling him home to Catholicism. He turned his stony heart into a new heart, and devoted his musical talent to worship music.

After enjoying a fantastic concert, ALOB segwayed us into Emily Wilson’s testimony. Here is a brief summary of Emily’s witness:

Simply put, living out your faith in today’s world is by no means easy. We know that taking that leap of faith is the right thing to do, but it’s not the popular option at all. Sometimes it’s easier to live in fear, hiding your faith, than going out into the world with courage and sharing the love of Christ with those around us. Emily shared that during her college years at Arizona State University, her “friends” would judge her behind her back. They judged her because she never wanted to party or drink, she never brought guys back to her dorm, and all she wanted to do in college was devote her life to Christ. So she shared going to daily Mass at the chapel in the center of campus. Emily recalled that the scariest thing for her to do was put her hand on the handle of the chapel door, fearful that everyone could see what she was about to do. Each morning, however, Emily prayed a small prayer under her breath, “Jesus help me to be brave.” She even looked up to saints like José Sánchez, who died a martyr at just fourteen years old in Mexico during the Cristero War. Even to the point of torture, José never renounced his faith, but instead proclaimed with great bravery, “I will never give in, Viva Cristo Rey!” This translates to, “Long live Christ the King!”

After Emily Wilson’s testimony, we were given the opportunity to encounter Christ in a personal way; an experience that could be life-changing all on its own.

You see, publicly living out your faith can be done in small steps. Whether it’s praying aloud before a meal at a restaurant, starting a bible study at your school, or walking into the chapel for daily Mass, everything has a great reward: Heaven. This is what God promises us, eternal life with Him. We are called to push our fears aside and go bravely into the world, introducing Christ to everyone around us, regardless of the obstacles that may come our way. “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (John 6:35)

Viva Cristo Rey!

Blessings, Lola Martin

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