In the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Magdalene sings about Peter’s denial, “Peter, don’t you know what you have said? You’ve gone and cut him dead?” And Peter responds, “I had to do it; don’t you see? Or else they’d go for me.” (You can watch the recent TV version with Jason Tam and Sara Bareilles here.)
It’s so incredibly sad – the guilt, the lose-lose situation that Peter found himself in. This Sunday, we are getting closer to the cross, and the world has gone crazy. Jesus has been arrested. The disciples are afraid. Suspicions and tensions are high. And so Peter denies three times that he knows Jesus.
While we’re tempted to think, “How could he?” and “I would never,” if we’re honest, we can probably think of more than a time or two that we’ve not been completely tied to our relationship with Christ. It wouldn’t be Lent if we didn’t take a hard look at our faith walk, and so this Sunday, we’ll explore our own denial.
A group from DHPC will also be doing the tough work of exploring our country’s history of systemic racism and seeking ways to join in reconciliation. Please be in prayer for the members of our community in Montgomery, this weekend.
- Scripture: Luke 22:54-62
- Sermon: “Faces on the Crossroad: Peter”
It is a privilege to be on this walk of faith with you. Invite a friend along the journey, and see you in worship,