Palm Sunday and Holy Week
Palm Sunday and Holy Week Services
As we draw near to the beauty and joy of Easter, you are invited to come and take part in worship and devotion as we walk with Jesus through his suffering and death, which is the way of the cross–a way that leads to resurrection and life!
April 14th at 10:30
We are blessed to have guest speaker, Dr. Stephen Foster, missionary surgeon and son of a missionary. Dr. Foster has spent most of his life serving in the developing world, in Jesus’ name. This service also includes a palm procession outside and a dramatic reading of the Passion, read by our confirmation class and others. Hot cross buns after the service.
Holy Monday-Taize Prayer
April 15th at 7 pm
A quiet service of simple singing. Taize is a style of sung prayer begun in France at the Taize community. Come and rest in the quiet, and draw near to God.
Holy Tuesday–Stations of the Cross
April 16th at 7 pm
We will pray the stations of the cross together, using a simple program I encountered in Jerusalem.
April 17th at noon
A traditional service of word and sacrament in the middle of Holy Week.
April 18th at 6:30 and 8:00 pm
6:30 A Christian Seder Supper–we gather in the Prest Hall to eat a symbolic meal together, commemorating the last supper Jesus shared with his friends. We will sample lamb, matzah and parsley, among other symbols of the Passover meal. This is a wonderful way to interact with the meaning of Easter and Christ’s self offering love. All welcome!
8:00 pm Holy Eucharist and the Stripping of the Altar–a solemn service where the decorations are removed, as we enter into the desolation of a world without Jesus.
April 19th 10 am and 11 am
10 am–an interactive service for families and children. We will do a simple stations of the cross, fall asleep in Gethesemene and hear the story of Christ’s death, as we prepare to celebrate Easter.
11 am–Traditional Good Friday service. No communion. The service ends in silence as we enter into the darkness of the death of Christ and prepare for the joy and celebration of Easter.
Easter Sunday–The Day of Resurrection!
April 21st 8:30, 10:30
Come and celebrate the good news of God’s great love for us in Jesus. All are welcome on this most holy day of the Christian year. Easter egg hunt following the 10:30 service. All welcome!!
Clarence Jordan, co-founder of Koinonia Farm, wrote: The resurrection of Jesus was not simply God’s unwillingness to take our ‘no’ for an answer. He raised Jesus, not as an invitation to us to come to heaven when we die, but as a declaration that he himself has now established permanent, eternal residence here on earth. He is standing beside us, strengthening us in this life. The good news of the resurrection of Jesus is not that we will die and go home to be with him, but that he has risen and comes home with us, bringing all his hungry, naked, thirsty, sick prisoner brothers with him.