The purpose of Holy Week is to re-enact, re-live, and invite us to participate in the events leading to the Passion of Christ.
Palm Sunday April 13 9:15 AM
The story of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem is recorded in all four Gospels. The first service of
Holy Week finds us waving our palm branches and singing “Hosanna!” much like the crowd that gathered that
day so long ago, but our rejoicing will fade quickly, again like the crowds, into somber contemplation of what
Journey to the Cross Wednesday, April 16 6:30 PM
This service is designed especially to help younger ones (and not-so-young!) remember important moments
in Jesus’ life. Beginning with Mary’s discovery that she is to be the bearer of the Christ child, through Jesus’
childhood and his adult ministry, and finally through his last days, this is a hands-on worship experience
especially suited for families.
Agapé Meal Thursday, April 17 5:45 PM
This Agapé (“love-feast”) recalls the meal Jesus and his disciples shared in the upper room. Join us for a
simple meal of Mediterranean fare before the Maundy Thursday service.
Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 17 6:30 PM
The name Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin mandatum, and refers to the new commandment we hear
from Jesus in John 13:34, “to love one another.” On this day we enter the Triduum (the three days), the time
from sundown on Thursday to sundown on Easter Day. The liturgy celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper with his
disciples, the footwashing, and the institution of the Eucharist. At the conclusion of the service the altar is
stripped of all liturgical elements and remains bare and empty until the Easter Vigil. (Note: participation in the
footwashing is optional.)
Gethsemane Watch Thursday, April 17 9 PM – Friday Sunrise
Throughout the night we will hold a vigil in the church. Join with fellow pilgrims as we watch with Christ in
the Garden before His trial and execution. Judas left during the Last Supper, but Jesus and the remaining
disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed – and the disciples kept falling asleep. Can
you remain awake for just one hour for Christ?
Good Friday -Stations of the Cross Friday, April 18 Noon
The remembrance and commemoration of Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and crucifixion mark this day as the most
solemn of days within the Christian calendar. Following the Stations of the Cross (also referred to as Via
Delarosa “Way of grief” in Latin) is an ancient practice that recalls the last events of Jesus’ earthly life:
betrayed and beaten, condemned to death, given his cross, his long walk to Golgotha, his crucifixion, and
death. Using the icons in our worship space, we, too, will make our pilgrimage to the Cross.
Good Friday – Liturgy Friday, April 18 6:30 PM
The origin of the term ‘Good Friday’ is unclear, but the meaning of the day is without doubt – it is the Friday
on which the Church keeps the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ – the Great or the Holy or the
Good Friday. The first thing to strike our senses is the unfamiliar barrenness of the worship space. There is
nothing to distract our attention from the Cross and the saving events we commemorate. We hear the Passion
narrative and contemplate Jesus’ deep redemptive love.
The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday, April 19, 8:00 PM
The first service of Easter Day is the Vigil observed after sundown on Saturday night. We begin in relative
darkness and watch as the new fire – the Paschal candle – is lit from the prairie burn and processed into the
church. We listen to stories of deliverance and God’s fierce love for us. We renew our baptismal promises.
And, then the church, still in relative darkness, witnesses the “rebuilding of the altar” which is still bare from
Maundy Thursday. The Altar Guild brings out the cross, linens, candles, flowers, EVERYTHING…the lights
come up, the music plays, the people sing, and we proclaim “ALLELUIA! THE LORD IS RISEN! The first
Eucharist of Easter is celebrated!
Easter Day Sunday, April 20 9:15 AM
Our joyful Easter observance will continue with celebrations of Holy Eucharist and Baptisms. This is truly
a festival Eucharist, giving thanks for Christ’s resurrection from the dead and opening for us the gate of
everlasting life. An Easter brunch follows worship. We are also serving a Community Easter Meal that
evening. Alleluia! Christ is risen!