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April 9 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making; Easter Egg Hunt
April 9-16 Holy Week & Easter, see p. 6
April 10 Crafts for a Cause
April 11 Book Chat
April 15 Spire Deadline; Christ House
April 18 Trustees Meeting
April 23 Commitment Sunday; Church & Society meeting
April 24 Commitment Sunday
April 27 Spire assembly
Holy Week Worship
April 9: Palm/Passion Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Palm/Passion Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. The service begins with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We wave palms as Jesus passes by and heads into the city to celebrate the Passover with his disciples. You can read more in Matthew 21:1-11, 26:14-27:66.
April 13: Maundy Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
The Maundy Thursday service observes Jesus at the Last Supper. There he celebrated the Passover with his disciples. Upon his arrival, he humbly washes the feet of each man present. Then, they break bread together and Jesus teaches them a new commandment—to love one another as he has shown them. Although this service is about the night Jesus gave us the words and actions that we now know as Communion, the scripture for the service focuses on the love commandment and humility of Jesus as found in John 13:1-17, 31-35. In some ways this may be the most spiritually significant service of Holy Week.
April 14: Good Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Good Friday is the name of the day that comes from a distorted form of “God’s Friday.” Jesus is now in the Garden of Gethsemene with his disciples. He’s still trying to help them understand what is about to happen, but they still don’t fully understand. Jesus grows frustrated with his friends when they fall asleep while he’s praying. Eventually, Judas runs off and brings back the guards. Jesus is arrested and taken to Pontius Pilate for a trial. The sentence is passed and Jesus is crucified with the common criminals. Our scripture for the service will focus on some of Jesus’ last words in John 18:1-19:42. The gospel is experienced through readings, prayers and songs. There are no paraments or anything else in the worship space.
April 16: Easter Sunday Sunrise, 6:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Holy Week draws on many emotions with the disciples’ confusion on Maundy Thursday, Jesus’ brutal death on Good Friday and finally, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb where Jesus has been laid to await burial. She arrives ready to prepare the body, but finds he is not there. Jesus has been riased and shows himself to her. She runs and tells the disciples. In John 20:1-18 we read about one woman at the tomb—Mary Magdalene, but in Luke’s account there are several women named in the first twelve verses of the twenty-fourth chapter. Easter morning worship is filled with Hallelujahs and rejoicing as we celebrate our risen Lord.
For ages 3—rising 4th grade
Look for registration information on our website
We are always looking for more volunteers. Please contact Jen or Marci to learn how you can part of this wonderful week.