The church invites all Christians to worship soon and often during Holy Week and through Easter Day. This is when we remember and embrace in a dramatic way the journey, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Palm Sunday: Jesus enters Jerusalem and confronts the domination powers of the Roman Empire and the temple authorities.
Maundy Thursday: Jesus shares the his last meal with the Twelve and washes their feet.
Good Friday: Jesus is crucified and dies.
Easter Eve: A new fire is kindled in the darkness, the Paschal Candle is lit, people are baptized, and we celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. Christ is risen!
Easter Day: Christ is risen indeed! We joyfully celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior.
God is calling us all to gather for worship this Holy Week through Easter Day.
I invite your comments and questions.
We encourage you to commit to attending as many of our Holy Week worship services as you are able. They dramatically walk us through Jesus’ last days and allow us to more fully enter the story and receive the love poured out for us. The experience of Holy Week also adds to the richness, joy, and bounding hope of Easter.
Sunday, April 9
This service begins our journey toward the cross with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. His entry is celebrated with the waving of palms in procession (at 8am from the back of the church, at 10:15 from in front of the church).
This Sunday is also called Passion Sunday because of the church’s tendency to read the passion and prepare those who will not be able to attend the weekday services for Easter Sunday.
However, this year we will invite you to stay in the moment of Jesus’ triumphant entry and the zealous ministry that challenged the religious and secular leadership, and that challenges us today.
Thursday, April 13
There is heaviness in the air as Jesus gathers his closest friends with the knowledge this will be the last meal they will share together on this side of the grave.
We also remember that on this night Jesus washed his friends feet and to illustrate his new commandment that we love one another the way that he had loved them.
Afterwards, we break bread together for the last time before Easter, we acknowledge Christ’s impending death by stripping the altar and departing in silence.
Friday, April 14
Following the noon service until 3pm the nave will be open for people to follow the stations of the cross.
The 7pm service will include the choir and cello accompaniment.
Saturday, April 15
Possibly the most beautiful service of the church year, the Easter Vigil begins outside in our courtyard with the kindling of a fire from which the paschal candle is lit.
From that candle, each person lights their candle as the service begins in darkness. While still in the tomb we read of God’s saving work throughout history.
We then enter the sacrament of baptism and as we are pulled from that watery grave, we reign in Easter with the setting and adornment of the altar, lighting the altar candles, organ fanfare, and illuminating the worship area before we celebrate that first Easter Eucharist.
The service actually takes us from death to new life and we really experience that Easter moment. If you have not been to the Vigil, please consider making it your Easter celebration.
Also, following the service, Lent is officially over, we will celebrate with a champagne and chocolate reception in the parish hall.
Sunday, April 16
Come celebrate Easter Day with us!
Having completed our journey and walked through the sorrow of Holy Week, we now come ready to experience Easter joy!
Our 10:15 service begins with the children flowering the cross and following behind it in procession. The joyful music fills the space as we tell the story of the empty tomb and the reverberations of that moment throughout history and in our lives.
Following the 10:15am service, our children will continue the celebration outside as they search for Easter eggs.