HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES - 2017
Palm Sunday – April 9th
8:00am - Blessing of the Palms, Passion Gospel, Eucharist
9:30am - Blessing of the Palms, Passion Gospel, Eucharist, Choir & Hymns
* No Church School or Coffee Hour on this day
Each of these services begins with the distribution of palms, remembering Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. But after a joyous procession into the church, the tone of the liturgy takes a sudden turn as the recounting of Jesus’ betrayal and passion plunges us into the darker experiences of the week ahead.
Wednesday in Holy Week - April 12th
7:00pm - Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross have been an important part of Christian devotion and spiritual formation for many centuries and are often used in Holy Week observances.
Maundy Thursday - April 13th
6:30pm - Holy Eucharist with Foot-Washing and Agapé Meal;
followed by Prayers before the Cross
In a very unique liturgy that begins in the Parish Hall, we commemorate Jesus’ teaching through example of our mandate to minister to one another and the world as servants of Christ. In the manner of the Eucharistic gatherings of the early Church, the liturgy leads into a celebration of Christian fellowship and community as we share a simple meal of soup, cheese, fruit and bread. As the evening draws ever closer to Good Friday, we conclude with prayers before the cross.
Good Friday - April 14th
12:00noon & 7:00pm - Good Friday Liturgy
The Good Friday liturgy includes a recounting of the Passion narrative, the traditional solemn collects and adoration of the cross, concluding with communion from the sacrament reserved from the previous evening.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Easter Day - April 16th
7:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I – a quieter, more meditative, traditional celebration opens the day; followed by coffee in the narthex
9:00am* Holy Eucharist, Rite II – celebratory liturgy featuring festive music from the Messiah choirs and musicians; followed by a festive reception in the Parish Hall
11:00am* Children & Family Eucharist – a shorter liturgy, featuring prayers, lessons and music written for younger children - the Church School’s annual EASTER EGG HUNT immediately follows this service, as well as a festive reception in the Parish Hall
* NURSERY: Childcare will be available for the 9:00 and 11:00 services. Nursery staff will be in place beginning at 8:45. We ask that all parents pick up their children as soon as the third service ends so that they may join in the Egg Hunt.
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