April 1 @ 5 pm
April 2 @ 9 am & 10:30 am*
Palm/Passion Sunday is the day we commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We receive palm branches which symbolize victory and peace. As Jesus rides a donkey or colt the people spread things in the road as a sign of his kingship. In John’s gospel, palm branches are named, in Matthew and Mark it is cloaks and branches from plants near the road, in Luke it is only cloaks. Still, we will wave palm branches and then take them home to remind us of Jesus’ kingship and peace in our homes. Then we shift to the passion narrative from the Gospel of Luke. Communion and music will highlight a telling of the story.
April 6 @ 7 pm*
Maundy comes from the word ‘mandatum’ or mandate. The service pivots on two mandates; washing each other’s feet (serving) and Holy Communion. Washing feet is always a challenge in worship settings and our discomfort can distract from Jesus’ act in doing it. This season, we have the additional discomfort of being close to each other after two years of distancing. Therefore we will spend extended time in confession and receive individual absolution. The gift of receiving words of forgiveness spoken directly to you can be deeply meaningful, especially when followed by a celebration of the Lord’s supper. We finish the service by removing all paraments and decoration in the sanctuary and leaving in silence.
April 7 @ 7 pm*
We enter a darkened sanctuary in silence and hear several voices reading the Passion according to John’s Gospel while candles are snuffed out one at a time. As we approach the crucifixion, the large wooden cross takes center place. We remain in darkness and leave in silence.
April 8 @ 8 pm* (No 5 pm Worship Service)
We gather around the fire outside and proceed into the church where we hear stories of God’s saving love from the Old Testament. We remember our baptism and then, with organ fanfare, become the first to celebrate the good news of the resurrection.