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Welcome to the Haymarket Church Holy Week/Easter Week devotional page.

Holy Week is perhaps the most sacred part of the Christian year.  During this time we tell the most important story in the history of the universe – the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus.  This year, in order to help you experience that story more fully, we have put together a set of devotional readings.  Each entry was written by a pastor or Christian scholar.  We will be sending links to the day’s post by text or email each day – the text will come at about 7 AM and the email will come sometime before 6 AM.

We hope this devotional helps you experience Holy Week and Easter more deeply this year – even as we are unable to be together.

Introduction to Holy Week/Easter Week Devotional

Our Holy Week/Easter Week devotional series starts tomorrow, so we wanted to take a moment before that starts to talk about what we’re doing in this devotional series. Holy Week is the week when we Christians tell the story that we believe is the most important story in the history of the universe. It’s a…

Resurrection #8: Messing Up Your Routine

Saturday, April 19, #8: John 21:1-14 (We recommend you read this passage in full before reading the devotion.) Written by Rev. Sarah Locke, Pastor of Hickory United Methodist Church, Chesapeake John 21: 1-14 Later, Jesus himself appeared again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. This is how it happened: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus[a]),…

Resurrection #7: Recognizing Christ

Saturday, April 18, #7: John 20:19-29 (We recommend you read this passage in full before reading the devotion.) Written by Rev. Dr. Joe Lenow, Assistant Professor of Religion at Creighton University You know, I must have read this story a hundred times, and I don’t think I ever realized before today that Thomas may not…

Resurrection #6: While It Was Still Dark

Friday, April 17, #6: John 20:1-18 (We recommend you read this passage in full before reading the devotion.) Written by Rev. Lauren Lobenhofer, Pastor, Cave Spring United Methodist Church “While It Was Still Dark” In many churches, Easter celebrations begin with a worship service at sunrise, commemorating the first proclamation of Christ’s resurrection by Mary…

Resurrection #5: A God Who Eats Fish

Thursday, April 16, #5: Luke 24:36-49 (We recommend you read this passage in full before reading the devotion.) Written by Rev. Abi Foerster, Pastor of St. Thomas United Methodist Church in Manassas Luke 24:41 – 43 (CEB) — Because they were wondering and questioning in the midst of their happiness, he said to them, “Do you…

Resurrection #4: The Interrupting Stranger

Wednesday, April 15, #4: Luke 24:13-35 (We recommend you read this passage in full before reading the devotion.) Written by Rev. Dan Kim, Pastor of Gum Spring United Methodist Church Luke 24:13-35, New International Version (NIV) 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were…

Resurrection #3: Easter Frees Us

Tuesday, April 14, #3: Luke 24:1-12 (We recommend you read this passage in full before reading the devotion.) Written by Rev. Matt Benton, Pastor of Spirit & Life United Methodist Church, Montclair.     Luke 24:1-6a “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and…

Resurrection #2: Risen But Unseen

Monday, April 13, #2: Mark 16:1-8 Written by Dr. Ashleigh Elser, Assistant Professor of Religion, Hampden-Sydney College Mark 16:1-8 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the…

Resurrection #1: Endings and Beginnings

Sunday, April 12, #1: Matthew 28:1-20 (We recommend you read this passage in full before reading the devotion.) Written by Rev. Lindsey Baynham, Director of Clergy Excellence, Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church Perhaps one of the most divisive things in our culture are how things end. Ask anyone if they’ve read a certain…

The Seventh Word: Into your hands I commit my spirit

Saturday, April 11, #7: Luke 23:46: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Written by Rev. Michelle Matthews, pastor of the Kingstowne Communion in Alexandria. “Committing Our Breath” “Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit.” – Luke 23:46 I remember the first time I was in the room when someone died. I was 27,…

The Sixth Word: It Is Finished

Friday, April 10, #6: John 19:30: “It is finished.” Written by Rev. Jonathan Page, Pastor of Herndon United Methodist Church. John 19:30 (CEB) — When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed.” Bowing his head, he gave up his life. Generally, when I think of finishing or completing something, I think of…

The Fifth Word: I Thirst

Thursday, April 9, #5: John 19:28: “I Thirst.” Written by Rev. Grace Han, Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Alexandria Recently, my dad was hostialized for heart issues. For the first couple of days, his body was so weak that he could barely talk. And only when the most acute needs arose, then he…

The Fourth Word: Why Have You Forsaken Me

Wednesday, April 8, #4: Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Written by Brian Johnson, Pastor of Haymarket Church “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’” – Galatians 3:13,…

The Third Word: “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother”

Tuesday, April 7, #3: John 19:26–27: “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother” Written by Rev. Dr. Anna Petrin, Associate Professor of Worship and Chapel Elder, Wesley Theological Seminary (DC) “The Goodness of Good Friday” John 19:26-27: When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to…

The Second Word: With Me In Paradise

Monday, April 6, #2: Luke 23:43 “He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’” Written by Hung Su Lim, Associate Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond. While Jesus was crucified on the cross, there were two criminals with him, one on his right and one on his…