Git-R-Done – HOLY WEEK CLIFF NOTES

Larry the cable guy The comedian known as Larry the cable guy, Daniel Lawrence Whitney, is well known for signature catch phrases including the grammatically irritating, “Git-R-dun.”  I was too cheap to buy the book which apparently contains a whole chapter on “Larry’s” origin of “Git-R-done,” which Jewish comedian Lewis Black in the introduction (I could read that for free on Amazon) says that Larry stole from him, but that Larry’s was probably more appealing than Black’s, which was “Could we try to get something accomplished here?….people…..anybody listening?”

Sadly, the “Git-R-done” mentality is indicative of many church goers in our times.  Speaking of time, that is one of the primary areas in which we see the Git-R-Done attitude displayed.  The attitude really boils down to a kind of two-year-old’s tantrum, “I want what I want when I want it!”  “Oh, and by the way, if it does not entertain me, then please….just ‘Git-R-done.”  The mindset induces a restlessness in the pews of worship services, where impatient attenders continue the “serve me!” disposition that has come to characterize nearly every aspect of our consumerist culture.  The prophetic message of the Gospel (Good News), and especially the Christian notion of serving others is in every sense counter-cultural to this attitude.

This is Holy Week.  Worship planners, especially those serving in evangelical church settings, struggle to compress into one or two services the nuances of all that is signified by this week’s events. There is a theological richness in all that occurred in the final week of Jesus’ humanity.  What does our deportment in relation to this time say about the sincerity of our faith, and its place in our lives?  Most of us have pulled away from a full “Holy Week,” where Palm Sunday yields to Holy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s period of personal contemplation and final Lent season self-examining, which then moves to the Great Triduum (pronounced TRID-oo-um), which is simply Latin for “three days.”  We have found ways to truncate what was once considered One Act of Worship – beginning Maundy Thursday and lasting through Easter.  Try suggesting that idea to your board of trustees, deacons, or elders.  Current practice, when separating into three distinct services, has many churches asking their people to  depart Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in silence with no benediction.  Roots for the practice likely has roots in the “One Act of Worship” ethos which remains from the centuries long practice of uninterrupted Triduum worship.  Nowadays, some churches gather on one of these days, usually Thursday or Friday, or else compress consideration of all the events into one day, often Palm Sunday.  It means that pastoral worship leadership must necessarily diminish emphasis of some aspects of these events.  On a more positive note, it could give rise to a spirituality that embraces the truth that the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord is one divine action.

And so, brothers and sisters, we have received a divine calling in days when people desire spiritual tweets over biblical study, caffeinated hymns and up tempo rhythms over artistic contemplation, much less self-offering.  Pastors and Worship Music Leaders who will lead their worshiping congregations in the way of the cross simply must call upon disciples to follow Jesus’ instruction to “take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23)  Denying self indicated as imperative in that same scripture seems clearly to call followers to stave off the Git-R-done spirit that so easily distracts us into thinking there surely must be a cliff notes version for Holy Week, worship, and following Jesus in general.

There is not.  But there is Jesus.  There is a cross. And there is an empty tomb!

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments on “Git-R-Done – HOLY WEEK CLIFF NOTES”

  1. Spiritual Sidekick Says:

    Thanks, Paul. We are an impatient people stuffing ourselves with microwave popcorn while our invitation to the Banquet remains unopened. Tom Wideman

  2. Brandon Owen Says:

    Thanks, Paul. I mentioned to my dad a few weeks back that I wished we would celebrate the Resurrection for the customary 40 days following Easter Sunday. I mentioned we could have Sunday School parties each week to remember the Resurrection (or some other form of parties; I’m not a good party planner so I married one). Dad’s response was that we should remember the Resurrection every Sunday (and every other day of the week for that matter) all year long.

    Grace and Peace, brother.


    • Your dad is so right, Brandon, but we are needy people. Prone to wonder, Lord, I feel it. Seasons help us re-position, as is also a purpose in weekly and daily worship. By reposition I mean posturing anew whereby God is God (He never changed) and we are not God (we keep trying to be). I am with you on the 50 days of Easter, and then Pentecost! (talk about party) There is a rhythm here that has been highly valued for centuries. Thanks for thinking with me, bro!


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