This past Tuesday, we sat down ー equipped with print-outs of past services and lots of brain food ー to plan out the services of Holy Week. Four hours later, we left this “mega staff meeting” with clear directions for numerous, very special (and fast-approaching) services…and lots of to-do lists! We are very excited to be entering this holy time with you and grateful for the opportunity to lead us all through this beautiful season, from ashes to palms to lilies.
Our Palm Sunday service on April 2 will be similar to last year’s service: a narrative re-telling of the Passion Story, beginning with Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem and ending with his crucifixion. We’ll have palms to wave, the vocal and bell choirs will share special music, and you’ll be able to experience the story in a myriad of ways, through sound, sight, and more. The service begins at 10am, in-person and live-streamed.
The Maundy Thursday service on April 6 will be an intimate time together, remembering the night before Jesus died. The service will take us through the Passover meal, foot-washing, and time of prayer that Jesus shared with his disciples. We’ll start the evening with a potluck dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 6pm, followed by the service at 7pm, in-person and live-streamed.
On Good Friday, April 7, our remembrances of Jesus’ last week will take the shape of stations placed throughout the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary. All will have the chance to come experience pieces of the stories in creative and ceremonial ways. These stations are appropriate for all ages and in-person, open to come-and-go from 5-8pm on Good Friday.
Finally, on April 9 for Easter morning, we’ll have two services to celebrate: an outdoor sunrise service at 7am, and an indoor and online service at 10am. We are delighted to have our own Meghan Hatcher as preacher and celebrant at both services. The 7am service features a bonfire and quiet music. The 10am service will feature both our handbell and vocal choirs, trumpets and chimes, the baptism of two of our youth, and a procession of bunnies, butterflies, and more! Following the 10am service, the kids are invited to enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt - our first one on the new playground! Finally, we’ll have a potluck of breakfast pastries and brunch items so we can enjoy a longer fellowship together, just like we do on other second Sundays!
Please join us in holy celebration during Holy Week, at any or all of our special gatherings. If you’d like to participate during one of the services, please reach out to Worship Team Lead Clark Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plug you in. Otherwise, we’ll see you online or at the church!
Together on the journey, seeking and serving,
Kelley DeCleene ~ Meghan Dever ~ Emily Jamison Guerrero ~ Julie Stiles