HOLY WEEK

About Holy Week

For at least 17 centuries, Christians have gathered in the week preceding Easter to commemorate and participate in the final days and hours of Christ's life. This period of time, now called Holy Week, was a deep meditation on the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, his last meal with his disciples, his arrest, his suffering, and his crucifixion. These commemorations were known to be a necessary component to the celebration of Christ's Resurrection at Easter. We hope that you will take time to participate with the Church in this year's Holy Week services.  Nursery care will be available at all church services during Holy Week and Easter.

Palm Sunday
March 25th 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM

Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter at which Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Mt 21:1-11, Mk 11:1-11a, Lk 19:29-40) and Jesus' Passion on the cross (Mt 26:36-27:66, Mk 14:32-15:47, Lk 22:39-23:56) are recalled. The observance of Palm Sunday in Jerusalem was witnessed by the pilgrim Egeria in about 381-384. During this observance there was a procession of people down the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem. The people waved branches of palms or olive trees as they walked. They sang psalms, including Ps 118, and shouted the antiphon, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" The Palm Sunday observance was generally accepted throughout the church by the twelfth century.  This day has another side to it which is Passion Sunday. Generally, we do not use this name in our preparations.  The liturgy moves from joyful "Hosanna" to the congregation crying out "Crucify Him" as we watch our King undergo great suffering for us.  This most Holy Sunday captures the extremes of our lives as we hold joy and sorrow, love and loss, beauty and pain together.  So, we pause and take in the incomprehensible gift God has given us and fall on our knees in gratitude for it. 

Annual Seder Dinner
March 25th at 5:00 PM

The ritual meal which commemorates the events of the Exodus is called the Seder.  This Christian observance of this ritual meal celebrates not only our tradition of Christ's last supper but our own Jewish heritage which provided the context for Jesus' institution at the last supper.  Sign up on Sunday Morning to attend and bring a traditional dish to share.  Recipes may be found here.

Evening Prayer
Monday-Wednesday, March 26th-28th at 5:30 PM


Noonday Eucharist
March 28th at 12:05 PM


Maundy Thursday
March 29th
6:00 pm Service with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar

Maundy Thursday calls to mind the new mandate or commandment Jesus gave as written in John 13.34: "A new commandment I give to you that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you love one another." This service contains a rich complex of themes: humble Christian service expressed through Christ's washing of his disciples' feet, the institution of the Eucharist, the perfection of Christ's loving obedience through the agony of Gethsemane.  The service ends with us joining Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane where he asks his disciples and us 'Could you not watch with me one hour?' I invite you into this holy time of prayer and reflection as we embrace Jesus' new commandment. 

Good Friday
March 30th
Noon Stations of the Cross
6:00 PM Good Friday Liturgy

We call this day "Good", because on this day we celebrate the sacrifice of Christ as the second part of the unfolding story of our salvation we call the Triduum (Three Days). On this day we walk the Way of the Cross and die with Christ, that we might rise again with him in the Resurrection. On this day we, as the Body of Christ, pray for the world from the Cross of our Lord. On this day, we celebrate the glory of the Cross on which was hung the world's Salvation.



Easter Sunday
April 1st


Celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

8:15 AM Traditional Service with Choir

9:15 AM Breakfast

9:30 AM Easter Egg Hunt

10:30 AM Contemporary Service with Choir

UPCOMING EVENTS


23
OCT
Gardening Angels
Church Grounds: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

24
OCT
Midweek Bible Study
Library: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

24
OCT
Noonday Eucharist Rite I
Sanctuary: 12:05 PM - 12:45 PM

25
OCT
Women's Bible Study
Library: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

25
OCT
Women's Writing Group
Parlor: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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