This year we will have three different services leading up to our regular Easter Sunday service.
The last week of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday is traditionally referred to as “Holy Week” in the church calendar. We’re planning special (and short — under 30 mins!) services for the last three days of Holy Week for those who are interested in exploring Easter in what is perhaps a new and exciting way this year. Note: this is not something that is required or expected of anyone — it’s just something we’re making available for those who might be interested in it!
Maundy Thursday Service (Thursday March 28, 6:00PM) — This service will commemorate the Last Supper (Matt 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30) and the “Maundy” (from the Latin for “commandment,” John 13:34). We will share communion together, offer an optional foot-washing rite, and our service will be followed with a potluck supper. Please bring a main dish and a side (or dessert) to share, and drinks will be provided. Christ will soon be crucified.
Good Friday or Tenebrae Service (Friday March 29, 7:00PM) — “Tenebrae” is Latin for “shadows” or “darkness,” and this service is intended to commemorate the death of our Lord Jesus (Matt 27:33-37; Mark 15:22-26; Luke 23:33-34; John 19:17b-27). We’ll explore the last seven sayings of Jesus from the cross for this service. Christ has been crucified.
Holy Saturday Service (Saturday March 30, 7:00PM) — This service is represents a vigil, where we anxiously await the Lord’s resurrection together. To help us appreciate this, we will begin outside around a campfire and proceed inside the church (“the tomb”) together to focus on God’s faithfulness in carrying out his plan of redemption for the world he created. Christ will indeed rise again!
Easter Sunday Service (Sunday, March 31, 10:45AM) — Come early at 9:00 for a brunch that we’ll share together, followed by an Easter egg hunt for the kids at 10:15. Then at 10:45 we will have our regular Sunday service where we will celebrate the Lord’s resurrection together and also explore its significance for us today. Christ has risen!