Holy Week begins on the Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday). Beginning with the blessing of the palms, we enter into the worship space singing praises. Then the shouts of “Hosanna” turn to listening to the Passion story from Mark’s Gospel. We enter into Holy Week prayer and reflection with the message of the second lesson sounding in our ears and filling our hearts – “Have the same mind in you that was in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself…”
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week are days set aside for prayer and meditating on the story of Jesus’ Passion. You may choose to read and reflect on the Passion story (Mark 14:1-15:47) or the assigned Psalms: Monday, Psalm 36:5-11; Tuesday, Psalm 71:1-14; Wednesday, Psalm 70.
The Great Three Days Begin
With the proclamation of forgiveness at the outset of this service, our Lenten journey comes to a close and we begin our journey into Easter. On this day we hear of Passover, the establishment of the Lord’s Supper, and Jesus’ demonstrating love in the washing of the disciples’ feet. There will be opportunity for foot washing. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and as the lament of Jesus from Psalm 22 is chanted, the worship space is stripped bare. There is no final blessing. We leave in silence. The service continues the next day…
Good Friday – April 3
We enter in silence just as we departed in silence the previous day. At the noon service we journey with Jesus to the Cross, pausing at each station to listen and pray. At the evening service we hear the Passion story from John’s Gospel where Jesus, unlike the other Gospel accounts, reigns from the Cross in glory. At this service we pray for the needs of all, gather around the Cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world. We leave in silence and return the next evening for the great Vigil of Easter …
The Great Vigil of Easter – April 4, 6:30 p.m.
This is the night in which the chains of death are broken, for Christ is risen. This is the night in which heaven and earth are joined, things human and things divine. We begin outside for the blessing of the fire and follow the Paschal Candle into the darkened worship space to give praise to the light of Christ. We hear the great stories of God creating and recreating the world. We come to the waters of rebirth as children will be baptized in our midst and several adults will reaffirm their baptism. We share Eucharist and receive anointing in remembrances of our baptism. There is no other night like this one. It is not to be missed. We pass with Christ from death to life.
Easter Sunday – April 5, 8:30 and 11:00
Easter Breakfast will also be offered from 9-11 am on Easter morning. This breakfast—a tasty spread consisting of scrambled eggs, ham, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, juice, and coffee—is the largest single fundraiser of the year for the Parish Outreach Fund, and your generous free-will offering will be much appreciated! Come join the fun down in Fellowship Hall either before or after the Easter morning service of your choice.