April 5 @ 8:30 and 11:00 am
Though at our normal Sunday morning worship times, this service has a character all its own. After gathering outside the building for a blessing, we march into the church singing and waving palms to reenact Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem shortly before his crucifixion. The service’s upbeat tone shifts partway through, as celebration gives way to dramatic reading of Jesus’ trial. We end the service in a somber mood as we anticipate Jesus’ death. Communion is served at both services.
April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Maundy means commandment. On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ commandment to love one another. This service includes communion, especially important this evening as we celebrate the Last Supper that Jesus ate with his disciples before he died.
April 10 @ 7:30 pm
Our Good Friday service is a tenebrae, meaning shadows or darkness. The service is simple and contemplative, with neither a sermon nor communion. Readings are followed by hymns and after each pair, a candle is extinguished until we are in darkness. We honor Jesus’ crucifixion by leaving the church in silence.
There is no Easter Vigil or Saturday service this year.