March 24 @ 8:30 and 11:00 am
Though at our normal Sunday morning worship times, this service has a character all its own. After gathering outside the building for a blessing, we march into the church singing and waving palms to reenact Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem shortly before his crucifixion. The service’s upbeat tone shifts partway through, as celebration gives way to dramatic reading of Jesus’ trial. We end the service in a somber mood as we anticipate Jesus’ death. Communion is served at both services.
March 28 @ 7:30 pm
Maundy means commandment. On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus' commandment to love one another. We hear a brief sermon, ask for forgiveness, and wash each other's feet (optional) as a sign of our mutual service to one another. This service includes communion, especially important this evening as we celebrate the Last Supper that Jesus ate with his disciples before he died.
March 29 @ 7:30 pm
Our Good Friday service is a tenebrae, meaning shadows or darkness. The service is simple and contemplative, with neither a sermon nor communion. Readings are followed by hymns and after each pair, a candle is extinguished until we are in darkness. We honor Jesus' crucifixion by leaving the church in silence.
March 30 @ 8:00 pm
This ancient worship service forms a bridge between the mourning of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday. We begin with a fire outside and move throughout the church property to hear some of the most influential (and even funny!) stories in the Bible. We baptize, reaffirm our baptism, and confirm adults who have been involved in classes since September. We end in the sanctuary and welcome Easter with communion. The first dessert of Easter will follow. Learn more...
The Easter Vigil replaces our usual 5 pm Saturday service this week.