Holy Week

Although every day, week and month of the year is holy unto the Lord, for more than two thousand years the Christian Church has regarded the special week before Easter as Holy Week. You are encouraged to invite your friends and family members to participate with us as we move through these special services and observances together.

 

The congregation participates as part of the initial procession, beginning in the south parking lot and processing through the Garth and into the Sanctuary, recalling Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. In place of our normal lectionary readings and Gospel procession, the congregation participates in the reenactment of Jesus’ betrayal, trials and crucifixion through a corporate reading of selected portions of the Gospel of Luke. There are no Kingdom Life or Sunday school classes on Palm Sunday.

FOR THE KIDS
Children are invited to participate in the reenactment of the triumphal entry of Christ. All children are invited to visit the donkey with their parents in the Garth between services. Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to take part in the processional with their families and be dropped off at class just before entering the sanctuary.

 

Join us in the Prayer Room for a traditional Anglican Evening Prayer. The service, held on Monday through Friday during Holy Week, is centered on the reading of scripture, is centered on the reading of scripture, coupled with prayer and contemplative music. This will be a great source of enrichment as we recall our Savior’s death and resurrection.

FOR THE KIDS
Children are welcome to attend, but there is no child care for Evening Prayer.

 

On Maundy Thursday the church begins a three-day remembrance of Christ’s passion, culminating in a celebration of his resurrection on Easter. Maundy means commandment, as the Maundy Thursday service recalls Christ’s command that his disciples love one another and his subsequent washing of their feet to set an example of the love that would soon be fully displayed on the cross. 

The Maundy Thursday service reflects Christ’s final night with his disciples, including foot washing, communion in remembrance of the last supper and the striping of the altar, which demonstrates the darkness of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest, leading to the cross. 

FOR THE KIDS
Children are welcome to attend, but there is no child care.
 

On Good Friday the church enters into the passion and death of Jesus. In the Good Friday service, we proceed through the Stations of the Cross, a series of scripture readings and prayers that take us through the darkness of the crucifixion and our own hearts to a place of grateful repentance. As we walk with Christ through his death and burial, we prepare to share in the joy of his resurrection! 

FOR THE KIDS
During the noon service, kindergarteners through sixth graders will meet downstairs in the Commons. Lunch will be served, and children will take part in their version of the Stations of the Cross. Toddlers and preschoolers will have lunch together and learn about Jesus’ time on the cross. In order to plan for food, please register your child(ren) here by Tuesday, April 16.

 

Your family is invited to join us for an egg hunt and gentle petting with baby bunnies and chicks on Saturday morning: 10:30 for infants-preschoolers; 10:45 for kindergarteners through third graders. The infant—preschool egg hunt will take place in the Garth; the kindergarten—3rd grade hunt will be on the playground. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy more fun and fellowship at the Pavilion after the hunt.

Please bring one dozen, filled eggs per child by Palm Sunday (chewy candy preferred). They may be dropped off in the front office.

 

Holy Week culminates with the grand celebration of Christ’s resurrection and saving grace on Easter morning! Our services will occur at the usual times. There will be no Kingdom Life or Sunday school classes.

FOR THE KIDS
All children are invited to “flower of the cross” at the beginning of each service. You are welcome to bring flowers from your garden, but additional flowers will be available for those who don’t bring some. Toddlers and preschoolers will proceed to class to learn about Christ’s resurrection after the flower of the cross.