Holy Week Services
begin our journey with Maundy Thursday, where we remember the night in
which Jesus washed the disciples' feet and instituted the last supper as
a communion in remembrance of him. We get the word "Maundy" from the
Latin word for mandate, the new command that we love one another as
Jesus loved us. This service of footwashing, communion, and stripping of
the altar begins Thursday at 7:30 pm.
God's Friday or "Good Friday" we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made
that love might be known, the true nature of God revealed, sins
forgiven, and grace abundantly poured out. The Stations of the Cross
that we use at Emmanuel are both a reflection on and active participation in
the journey Jesus made to Golgatha. We have a service from noon until 3
pm (the time in which Jesus was on the cross) and also at 7:30 pm.
At the Easter Vigil, we are among the first to journey to
the tomb and find it empty, for Jesus has risen! The Easter Vigil will
include a procession of the Light of Christ--lit from the paschal
(Easter) fire--into a darkened church where a candlelight service
illumines salvation scripture, the baptism of Tracy, Lynette and
Christopher, the celebration of communion, and the beautiful music of
renewed Hallelujahs! This service is on Holy Saturday at 7:30 pm.
Easter Sunday, all heaven breaks loose as we sing our alleluias (with
the help of a radiant choir!) flower the cross, celebrate communion and
join with Christians around the world in proclaiming the resurrection of
Jesus, and the victory of God's love and grace over every source of sin
and sadness. The services will be at 8:15 and 10am with an Easter egg
hunt after the 10am service. Remember to bring bells for the
Gloria, flowers for the flowering of the cross, and (if you are able) a
dozen or more plastic eggs with goodies inside for the kids. (You can leave them in Havermale Hall before the service.)
What a glorious way to celebrate our Glorious God!