Mary Taft was confident in her husband’s efforts. Senator Robert Taft of Ohio was seeking the Republican nomination to run for President of the United States. During the 1940 campaign, Mary gave an interview to the Evening Independent in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, expressing certainty that her husband would win, claiming, “Bob is going to get it.”
Traditionally, after the election of a new President, the décor of the White House is changed to reflect the taste of the new administration. That task is usually overseen by the First Lady. Given Mary’s presumptuousness in the upcoming election, the media asked her if she intended to change the drapes in the White House. Though she refused to answer the question, “measuring the drapes” became a metaphor for overconfidence in premature victory. Sen. Taft, incidentally, failed to win his party’s nomination or the general election.
It may have been premature to measure the drapes in the White House, but over two thousand years ago during the Passover festivities, someone should have measured the drapes in the Temple of Jerusalem. On Good Friday, when Jesus gave out a loud cry and breathed his last, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. They needed to be replaced. And for good reason. The biggest change was history was taking place. We were starting a new relationship with God, through Christ’s portrayal as the New High Priest.
Come and join us today, April 2, for our Good Friday worship. We will observe the Stations of the Cross at 12 PM in the church’s parlor garden. Tonight, beginning at 7:15 PM, we will hold a Service of Darkness and Light again in the parlor garden.
Our Easter Egg hunt will be held Saturday, April 3, beginning at 10:30 AM. Our Easter Vigil worship will be held in the evening, beginning at 7:15 PM in the parlor garden. We celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord on Easter morning, Sunday, April 4 at 9:15 AM (sanctuary and auditorium, if needed) and 10:30 AM (outdoor drive-in).
We welcome you to worship with us this Holy Week.