It's interesting that Rachel's post this week reflects many of my own feelings about Holy Week. While her frustration is with the distractions of juggling a job and school with her deep desire to reflect upon her faith, mine stems from being a part of worship. I know that sounds strange, but allow me to explain.
As a church musician, and particularly one upon whom many depend to lead, I find myself stretched thin during Holy Week. From Palm Sunday to Easter, the life of a church musician revolves around preparation for the next service of worship. By the time Holy Week has concluded, I will have sung at least three rehearsals and in at least six services. Don't misunderstand me, I love being a part of worship, and I particularly enjoy the liturgy and music that accompanies this season. However, I do find that the preparation and participation in worship can sometimes detract from my own enjoyment of each service. I find myself more concerned with what comes next than with the meaning of what comes next. I don't allow myself to truly contemplate the season and service but rather simply provide that contemplation for others through the music of worship.
So as I prepare to sing the Maundy Thursday/Good Friday service this evening, I hope to do so more with an attitude of reflection than one of responsibility. I pray that you will do the same--lay responsibility aside and truly worship.