The sacred events of Holy Week are upon us. We begin our annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem to witness the acts of God which make our faith today possible. We move from waving palms and hosannas, to secret meetings in Upper Rooms, to trials and beatings, an execution and burial, and, finally, to an empty tomb.
Palm Sunday begins the sacred drama of Holy Week. Worship begins outdoors with a bagpipe and palm procession. During worship the congregation will join in a dramatic reading of the passion by Luke which ultimately leads to the cross of Good Friday.
Maundy Thursday services are held at Noon and 7:00 pm. Each service recalls the events of Jesus’ last evening with his disciples. The services end with the stripping of the altar.
Good Friday’s brief noon service, “Litany of the Cross”, moves around the Sanctuary as though we were walking with Christ through the Stations of the Cross. This same journey is repeated at the 7:00 pm service with a reflection. Each service ends with time for personal prayer and meditation at the cross.
Our regular 5:30 pm Saturday service is filled with anticipation of Easter resurrection!
Easter Vigil begins at 6:00 am on Easter Sunday in the darkness of our Memorial Garden with the lighting of the new flame. The congregation will enter the darkened Sanctuary by candlelight for the traditional reading of the scriptures, baptisms and celebration of Holy Communion.
Easter Sunday Festival services at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am celebrate Christ’s victory over death. Easter hymns, Easter lilies and the celebration of Holy Communion make this morning like no other in the church year!