Holy Week is such a profound time in the life
of a Christian. From the Hosannas of Palm Sunday, through the cross of
Good Friday, to the resurrection joy of Easter, when we walk with Jesus
we discover the secret of this season: the way of the cross is the way
Come join us for this transformative journey.
will be observed on
Thursday, April 13
comes from the Latin word "mandate" for the new mandate or command
Jesus gave us to "love one another as I have loved you".The
Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7:30pm where we will join with
Jesus and the disciples in footwashing, prayer, and communion. This year
we are focusing on prayer during the footwashing time. You can pray
through the washing of feet or through private intercession. Pray for
your family. Pray for the world. Pray for the church. It was during this
night that Jesus asked us to "watch and pray". While we pray,
classically trained Sarah Yim and her son will be offering quiet
instrumental music on piano and cello.
Good Friday services will be held on
Friday, April 14 at 12-3pm and then later at 7:30pm.
The services will be the Stations of the Cross, where the clergy will
reflect on each part of Jesus' journey to the cross. After each group of
three reflections there will be an opportunity to participate in the
stations in a way that will be healing and empowering.
Easter Vigil is a time of
devotion anticipating the dawn of the resurrection and acknowledging
the light of Christ which is able to overcome any darkness. This service
will be held at
7:30pm on Saturday, April 15.
During this service we will have a procession of the pascal candle, a
candlelight reflection on the promises of scripture, baptisms,
celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, and communion. One of the most
beautiful services of the church year! [
Special note: This year two of the Oates grandsons as well as Kat and Christopher's daughter Alice will be baptized.]
Easter Services will be held at our usual Sunday times of
8:15am and 10am on April 16.
Both services will have choir and communion. Bring your bells for the
gloria (an ancient tradition), flowers for the cross, and eggs for the
hunt (a dozen plastic eggs with non-melting goodies would be great!)
After the service we will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on the front
lawn for the kids.
Together we will deepen our devotion to Christ
and make room for the Holy Spirit to empower our lives for service as we
remember the way of the cross and the power of the resurrection!