There are two weeks a year that the pastoral staff at your church probably loves to prepare for: the week leading up to Christmas and the week leading up to Easter. They’re probably the week that they may also dread.
If you watch pro football, you’re probably familiar with the term “short week”. It usually means that a team playing on Sunday has a Thursday night game the following week, and they only have 4 days to prepare for that next game.
In the church calendar, this is the equivalent of a “short week”. You complete the Sunday service, which may or may not have a special Palm Sunday element, you then have five days to get ready for Good Friday service (which we have added this year at our church), and then have another day to get ready for Easter Sunday, which is always a big day. Same thing usually happens around Christmas depending on when Christmas Eve falls around the Sunday before or after.