HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
April 5, 10:00 am
Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, during which we commemorate the events of the last week of Jesus’ earthly life beginning with his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
April 9, 6:30 pm
Maundy Thursday is the holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter, commemorating the last supper. Our worship on Maundy Thursday includes music from the Taizé tradition, scripture, communion, and for those who desire it, anointing and laying on of hands. Oil has long been a symbol of healing and comfort, and the laying on of hands is a Christian symbol of the power of the Christian fellowship to transform our lives.
Good Friday Service of Tenebrae
April 10, Easter, 7:30 pm
Our worship on Good Friday includes music by the choir, congregational hymns and chants, and a tenebrae ceremony. The word “tenebrae” literally means “darkness” or “shadows.” The tenebrae service dates back to a 4th century Holy Week observance in which the lights in the church are extinguished one by one as the service proceeds. In this dramatic worship experience, the mental, spiritual and physical anguish of Jesus are proclaimed as he moved toward his death. The Scripture readings begin with the last supper and follow Jesus through the Garden of Gethsemane to his arrest, trial and death on the cross. The service ends in darkness, with enough light for worshipers to leave in
April 12, 10:00 am
Our Easter Celebration culminates with an invitation to all singers to join the choir in singing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus during worship. Sheet music will be provided. Following the service, all children are invited to an Easter Egg hunt on the front lawn.
Holy Humor Sunday
April 19, 10:00 am
We will celebrate our tenth annual Holy Humor Sunday on April 19. Our worship will include a____ Holy Humor Sunday was begun by the Greeks in the early centuries of Christianity celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with joy and laughter on the Sunday after Easter. Come laugh with us!