Holy Week Services

 

Join us for Holy Week services starting Thursday, March 24th.

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THURSDAY: MARCH 24th – 7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service in the Sanctuary

Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration.

While John’s gospel does not record the institution of the Lord’s Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. Christians therefore keep this night with celebrations both at the basin (footwashing) and at the Lord’s Table (Holy Communion).

FRIDAY: MARCH 25th – 7:00 PM Good Friday Service in the Sanctuary

The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, “Good Friday,” is not clear.  It may be a corruption of the English phrase “God’s Friday,” according to Professor Laurence Hull Stookey inCalendar: Christ’s Time for the Church (p. 96). It is the common name for the day among English- and Dutch-speaking people. It is a day that proclaims God’s purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God’s self in Christ. As seen in John’s gospel, particularly, God was in control. God was not making the best of a bad situation, but was working out God’s intention for the world — winning salvation for all people. We call it “good” because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter!

SUNDAY: MARCH 27th – EASTER SERVICES

6:45 AM – Sunrise Service in the front courtyard

On Easter Sunday morning, many United Methodists will rise before the sun to attend a sunrise worship service. Easter sunrise worship services take a variety of forms, but all have one thing in common—the people gather early in the morning to worship our resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

9:00 AM – Traditional Service in the Family Life Center

Join us in the Family Life Center for a celebration of the resurrection of Christ with Hymns and a full choir. After service, join us in the Fellowship Hall for a pot-luck breakfast with lots of yummy finger foods.

11:00 AM – Contemporary Service in the Family Life Center

Join us in the Family Life Center for a celebration of the resurrection of Christ with the Praise Band and contemporary songs of worship. Before service, join us in the Fellowship Hall for a pot-luck breakfast with lots of yummy finger foods.