We are about to enter the hinge of the Christian year: Holy Week. This is the week when we slow down to follow the steps of Jesus day by day from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through the the mandatum that we love one another and the institution of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, to the Way of the Cross and the Passion remembered on Good Friday, the grief and silence of Holy Saturday, and the celebration of Resurrection at the Vigil on Saturday night and Easter morning. These are the events that animate our faith, that changed the structure of the universe.
As we watch with horror the war in Ukraine, I am reminded of the 20th-century mystic Caryll Houselander who lived in London during World War II. During that time she wrote The War is the Passion in which she considers war through the lens of Christ’s passion. For Christ’s passion continues wherever there is persecution; resurrection continues wherever there is love. This week, we hold together all the passion and death and hope of this world and of our faith. You don’t want to miss a minute.
Palm Sunday: April 10
Holy Eucharist at 8, 9 and 11 a.m.
This service remembers Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem with palms being raised in celebration. At 9 and 11, we begin in the parish hall, then process outside, entering the church building to “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.”
Monday thru Friday
Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. on Zoom (Meeting Link)
Start your weekdays in Holy Week with morning prayer. On Zoom, we will be able to see each other during our prayer, it gives others the opportunity to read the lessons, and allows our prayer requests to be said aloud for others to hear. After each service, time will be offered to stick around for fellowship and conversation. Download the morning prayer booklet here.
Holy Monday: April 11
Healing Service at 7:00 p.m.
This service is not meant just for the terminally ill or recently grieving. This is a healing service, and don’t we all need a little healing of some sort? This service is a place to bring your “ills” (anger, grief, loss, anxiety) and present them to be healed by God’s gracious and loving power.
Holy Wednesday: April 13
Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m.
This beautiful service is characterized by prayer, readings, and music, and ends with the extinguishing of candles, marking the beginning of the Triduum.
Maundy Thursday: April 14
Footwashing at 6:30 p.m.; Service at 7:00 p.m.
On this night, we follow Christ’s mandatum that we love one another as we wash one another’s feet and we keep the Eucharistic feast that was established by Christ all those years ago the night before his trial and crucifixion. This service will be broadcast on FB Live and you can download the bulletin here. The church space will be available for personal prayer until 11 p.m. Confession available from 9-11 p.m. Sign up sheet on the Rector’s office door.
Good Friday: April 15
Stations of the Cross at 12 p.m.
This year our Stations of the Cross focuses on the war in Ukraine, which is one of the Passions in our world right now.
Church Open for In-Person Prayer from 12 p.m – 3 p.m.
All are welcome to stop by the church and pray. Confession available 1-3 p.m. Sign up sheet on the Rector’s office door.
Evening Service: The Seven Last Words at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday: April 16
Service of the Day at 9:30 a.m.
Keep the solemnity of the service – the quietest day of the year – with this prayer service. Stay after to help prepare the church for the Easter Vigil.
Community Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m.
All children between 0 and 8 to come and hunt for eggs, and rumor has it the Easter Bunny will be stopping by! There will be a variety of easter crafts to work on while waiting for the Bunny’s arrival, Hunting for eggs will begin promptly at 10:45. Masks will still be required indoors and so this year we will not be providing food at the end of the hunt.
Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m.
Join us for Christianity’s holiest of nights where we experience light piercing the darkness as we light the new fire, hear the story of God’s salvation, renew our baptismal covenant, and celebrate Christ’s triumph over death! This service will be broadcast on FB Live. Download service bulletin here.