The Session has decided that in the best interest and health of the community ALL Holy Week Services will be VIRTUAL via the church’s FaceBook Live page. This decision was not made lightly or without wrestling with the significance of this week in the life of the church. We were hoping that Covid Vaccinations would be more available, but this is not the case, so out of an abundance of caution, we are inviting the church family to worship during this sacred season with their immediate family and those in their bubble as we move from Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and finally, EASTER!
Sunday, March 28 – 9:30am
Palm/Passion Sunday begins Holy Week, a time in the church year when we remember how Christ gave his life in love for the world. As this service opens, the crowd waves palm branches, wanting to crown Jesus as king. But as the story of the passion unfolds, their shouts of praise turn to demands for his crucifixion; he receives a crown of thorns as he is handed over to be mocked and killed.
Thursday, April 1 – 7:00pm
Maundy Thursday begins the Three Days (or Triduum), remembering the new commandment that Christ gave us in word and deed as he taught us how to love one another, washing our feet as a servant. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper, remembering the meal Christ shared with his disciples before his death. Historically, this was the traditional day in which those who had undergone a period of public penance under church discipline would be restored to full communion. We will celebrate communion virtually.
Friday, April 2 – 7:00pm
Good Friday is the day we remember Jesus’ crucifixion. The hours of noon to 3 p.m. are particularly significant as these commemorate the time Jesus hung on the cross. It is an especially important time to pray for the church and the world for whom Christ gave his life. We will have a traditional Tenebrae service that evening.
Sunday, April 4 – 9:30am
The festival of the Resurrection of the Lord is the center of the Christian year. On this occasion, the church joyfully proclaims the good news that is at the very heart of the gospel: that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Easter Sunday is the Lord’s Day writ large: a great annual celebration of Christ’s resurrection on the first day of the week. As such, the service should be centered around the typical and fundamental elements of Christian worship on the Lord’s Day: the proclamation of the Word and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. We will celebrate Communion and have Rev. Dr. Debby Brincivalli our Executive Presbyter participate in worship, as we continue to celebrate the Tricentennial.