Holy Week

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and proceeds through the four days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday. This is the defining season of Christianity and you are invited to grow closer to your Savior by fully participating in all five worship experiences

 

Palm Sunday Saturday April 13 at 5:30 pm and Sunday April 14 at 10:15 am

 

On this day, united with Christians around the world, we mark Jesus’ triumphant entry in to the holy city of Jerusalem to complete the work of our salvation. We follow his footsteps as we enter the church, our Jerusalem, acclaiming the one whose throne was the cross.

 

Worship Pattern: we gather outside the worship space, hear the reading of Jesus’ entry, and then joyfully process into the worship space waving our palms and singing God’s praise.

 

Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 pm

 

On this night we begin the Three Days during which we participate once again in the saving power of Jesus’ passing over from death into life. The Maundy Thursday service includes with the words of Jesus’ new commandment (madatum, from which Maundy comes) to love one another. On this night in which Jesus was handed over to death we also gather around the Lord’s supper. At the service conclusion, the altar area is stripped of furnishings as a sign of Jesus’ abandonment.1

 

Worship Pattern: we gather to experience the Living Last Supper and join with First Communicants in receiving Christ’s body and blood. Service concludes with the solemn gesture of stripping the altar area.

 

Good Friday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

 

On this night, the journey continues through the Three Days of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. At the heart of this service is the passion reading according to John, which celebrates Christ’s victory on the cross. As Jesus draws all people to himself, we pray for the whole world for which Christ died. Finally, we honor the cross as the sign of forgiveness, healing, and salvation. With all God’s people we are invited to bow    before this mystery of faith. Christ has died, so that we may live. 1

 

Worship Pattern: we gather in silence, pray for one another, hear God’s Word, glorify the cross, and nail our worries and concerns to the cross.


Easter Vigil Saturday, April 20 at 7:00 pm

 

On the night before Easter Day, Christians around the world gather to celebrate Christ’s passage from death to life. The service includes strong signs; new fire in darkness, light spreading from the light of Christ, the water and Word of baptism, the first resurrection meal, and powerful words; the great saving stories of Hebrew scriptures and the first Easter gospel. We keep this wondrous night in the spirit of vigil, our lamps lit, awaiting Christ’s coming both now and at the end of time. 1

 

Worship Pattern: we gather in darkness, after nightfall. Service consists of four parts; Service of Light, Service of Word, Thanksgiving at the Font, and the Meal.

 

Resurrection Sunday, April 21 at 8:00 and 10:00 am

 

Every Sunday in worship the church celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit gathers us to receive again the gifts of God that come to us through Christ, the saving Word. On this day, we rejoice anew. Easter is the day of all days. The tomb could not keep Jesus. As Christ is risen, we too shall be raised. Come, join with all the faithful across the world as we raise our voices in triumphant song and share the meal of Holy Communion which Christ set before us. Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He’s Risen indeed! Alleluia!