During Holy Week we commemorate the events leading up to Easter. Holy Week prepares us for Easter, for the resurrection. From the glorious reception of Jesus as King on Palm Sunday, to the Last Supper and then his death on the cross because of our sins and because he was not a worldly King, all is in preparation for his glorious resurrection and our recognition of Jesus as King and God and sacrifice.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. We start outside and bless the palms,then process into the church to celebrate Palm Sunday. This year we are saving the Passion for Good Friday and concentrating on the many meanings of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem: King, Messiah, Prince of Peace, Victim, Sacrifice… Soon enough, the crowds, like our own hearts, will turn on Him, but this morning, they are cheering for the glory of God and all of creation, even the stones are prepared to join in the chorus.
On Maundy Thursday we remember the Last Supper, when Jesus and the disciples gathered for a Passover celebration. Maundy Thursday is the beginning of the sacred 3 days of the celebration of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ. It initiates a time of watching, waiting and contemplating, as we enter into the commemoration of the mystery of our redemption. The gift of love in the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood is the focus; the demonstration of self-giving in the washing of feet is a fitting symbol; the stripping of the altar and the continuation of this liturgy in that of Good Friday is the timelessness of silence, the silence of God. On this night we celebrate the Great Thanksgiving with the powerful knowledge that: When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; at supper with them he took bread...After supper he took the cup of wine...Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption (BCP,374).
Good Friday is a continuation of the Maundy Thursday liturgy and begins in silence as the night before ended in silence. In the service we reenact the Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that God, will behold us as his family, those for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross. During the Gospel reading, the congregation is asked to speak for the crowd, responding “Crucify him!” when Pilate asks, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” Because every one of our sins cried out, 'Crucify Him!'
He is Risen! This is the heart of the Gospel, the Good News! We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. All of Christian faith hinges on this. Jesus rose from the dead and demonstrated the truth of all that he taught. He was shown to be God who took on flesh and worthy of our praise and adoration. The first sermon, short and sweet, is poignant with meaning: "He is Risen". These simple words are the harbingers of the dramatic change that comes into our lives when we accept Jesus into our lives.
Easter changes our lives. Easter is a victory celebration. Better than a Stanley Cup or Super Bowl Victory, which while fun, is not life changing or of eternal significance. Easter changes the way we live our lives. On Easter Sunday we celebrate Jesus' Victory over Sin and Death! In Jesus we have freedom from the fears that stalk and drives non believers. We do not fear Death and know that we may be freed from the bondage of Sin. Jesus has Risen! We who abide in him share in his victory. Come let us celebrate!
Join with us as we join with Christians around the world and through out time in rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord. We are having three services to celebrate Easter.
On Holy Saturday, we will celebrate the Great Vigil of Easter. We will be lighting the new Paschal Candle and processing it into the church. This is an ancient liturgy that dates to the early church.
On Easter Sunday, we will have two services. The service at 9 a.m. is a traditional Rite I Communion service with traditional hymns. The service at 10:30 a.m. is a more contemporary celebration of Holy Communion that still follows the ancient pattern of worship that would be recognizable by the the early church, the music is more contemporary