LentenServicesLenten Wednesday Soup Suppers are back!  Make plans to join us on Wednesday evenings during Lent (March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8) for a simple soup supper at 5:30 p.m.  Following dinner, stay with us for a mid-week Lenten service starting at 6:30 p.m.  As we encourage all people as children of God and disciples together on the journey of faith, we will have the opportunity to hear yet again the faith journeys and stories of some of our disciples during these mid-week services.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity for evening prayer and sharing, invite a friend to come along with you!

 

 

 

 

HolyWeekSchedule

Holy Week begins on Sunday, April 5, 2020 as we celebrate Palm Sunday.  We celebrate and remember that on that day, Jesus rides into the holy city of Jerusalem on a donkey while people spread garments on the ground before him and shout, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”  Quickly, that sentiment fades and Jesus is arrested and handed over to be executed by hanging on a cross, a sign of ultimate betrayal and torture.  As Holy Week continues, we enter into the Triduum, the great Three Days, where we experience the Last Supper with his disciples, his trial and mocking before Pilate, and ultimately his crucifixion on Good Friday.  On Easter Sunday we rejoice and join in the first Holy Communion of Easter proclaiming once and for all that Christ has been raised.

Palm Sunday- April 5, 2020- 9:30 a.m.

The Palm Sunday Liturgy recreates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as we wave our palms and make our procession into the church. This joyful mood soon changes to sober contemplation of our Lord’s Passion during the Gospel reading. Thus, Holy Week begins.

Maundy Thursday- April 9, 2020- 6:30 p.m.

 The Maundy Thursday service is one of endings and beginnings. What was begun on Ash Wednesday is brought to a close here today. What begins today does not end until the resurrection of Easter.  Our service will be a little different this year and will be a Passover Seder Meal, the meal that Jesus was most likely celebrating with his disciples that evening.  We encourage you to join us, but to make sure we have enough places set, please let the Church Office know if you are coming.

Good Friday- April 10, 2020- 6:30 p.m.

The Good Friday Liturgy is marked with austerity, silence and reflection. The chancel itself is bare from the Maundy Thursday stripping.  Everything focuses on our adoration of the crucified Christ, who rules, surprisingly, from the throne of the cross.

 

Easter Sunday- April 12, 2020- 9:30 a.m. 

As we have walked together through Lent and as we have pressed on through Jerusalem and all of the events surrounding Jesus’ death, we gather at last to celebrate the empty tomb.  Christ has been raised from the dead, death no longer has hold over Him, or us!  Join us this day as we celebrate the good news of life in the midst of death and the feast of joy in God’s presence!  Invite someone to come along with you to hear the good news!

Please note that in lieu of Sunday School, we will hold an Easter Brunch  immediately following worship.  Everyone is invited to stay for brunch.  If you are interested in donating either food or time for the brunch, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or contact Karen Ernst-Kendall.  Thank you to the Fellowship Committee for offering this event for us!