A Whole Holy Week of Services: April 17-24
We hope you will make plans to come together before God as often as you can during the Holiest Week of the Christian year as we ponder Christ’s journey to the cross and the blazing glory of Easter morning. We will focus on what Jesus did each day during the week as our Savior goes from the Palm Sunday parade where he is acclaimed King and Messiah to the Upper Room where he celebrated the Last Supper. We will read once again about his arrest, trial, and about his terrible death to remove sins on the cross. All this will help us all prepare in some new and different ways to experience the joyous newness of life which is ours when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter Morning. Remember, in experiencing the resurrection of Christ we also experience our own!
Palm Sunday, April 17
We wave the palms as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We also begin the long journey of our Savior to the cross during our 11:00 A.M. worship service. Palm Sunday begins the week of the Passion of Christ, and we’ll remember his passion in our hymns and Scriptures.
Palm Sunday readings: Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Sermon title: "Tearing Up the Town!” Rev. Dr. Philip S. Gittings, Interim Pastor, preaching
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 18, 19, & 20
Gathering in the chapel for brief services just after the workday (5:30 P.M.-5:50 P.M.) we will read the scriptural account of Christ’s last week together, meditate on the journey of the Savior, and pray for God’s Spirit to lead us into deeper and more Godly relations with God, and with all God’s children.
Maundy Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 PM
We’ll gather to share the traditional Maundy Thursday communion, remembering the last supper of the Lord, pondering the events of that fateful night, and asking God to reveal what we need to be faithful.
Good Friday, April 22 at 7:00 PM
THE FACES AT THE CROSS! At this unique service we will gather at the cross of Christ and ponder the faces at the cross, what might they have been thinking, and the actions we might have taken had we been there. Based on a wonderful book of poetry by the Rev. J. Barrie Shepherd, also entitled Faces at the Cross the service will feature readings of Scripture and readings from Shepherd’s poems, and a very special surprise that we’ll share with you in our next issue of our newsletter.
Celebrate the Resurrection!
6:00 AM Easter Sunrise Service, Sunday, April 24
Join us for an outdoor service as the sun rises at 6:00 AM on Easter Sunday. (Rain location in the Chapel). Musicians will accompany this informal service, followed by fellowship with coffee and pastries.
10:45 AM Easter Sunday, April 24
Our Easter Sunday worship service begins with joyous brass music at 10:45 a.m., followed by worship at 11:00 AM. It will be a time of joyous music and song as well as celebration of New Life in Christ as we come together to praise God for raising our Lord-and as we remember that his resurrection is our resurrection too!
Easter readings: Matthew 28: 1-20, Colossians 3:1-4
Sermon title: “Our Resurrection Too!” Rev. Dr. Philip S. Gittings, Interim Pastor, preaching
Extra parking will be available in the Wadsworth Street Grace Manor lot from 9 AM to 1 PM on Easter Sunday.