Worship Services for Holy Week and Easter
Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday, also called Holy Thursday, is celebrated the Thursday before Easter and commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with the disciples before his crucifixion as well as when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. (John 13:1-17, Matt. 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:13-20) The word Maundy is a Latin term that comes from our English word “mandate.” In John 13:34, Jesus issued a new commandment to his disciples to love one another. In washing the feet of his disciples, Jesus demonstrated servanthood. In our Thursday night service, we will celebrate Holy Communion together; and in commitment to Christ, we will wash our hands… the hands of Christ that we will use to serve others in his name.
Friday, March 30, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willing suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. For Christians, it is a crucial day of the year in that it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. As some have rightly noted, before we can get to “the good news”, we must wrestle with and understand the “bad news” of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. Good Friday is followed by the glorious celebration of Easter, the day Jesus was raised from the dead, bringing victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to hope and to a future resurrection for all who believe and are united to him by faith. Join us for our Friday worship service, when we will journey to the cross through liturgy and song as the darkness falls at Calvary.
Two Services for Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 1, 2018
8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Easter, also called Resurrection Sunday, commemorates and celebrates the triumphant resurrection of Jesus from the dead and what it means to us. It is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. It is described in New Testament passages as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion at Calvary. (Matt. 28:1-15, Mark 16:1-11, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18)
The Easter Season, also known as the Great Fifty Days, begins at sunset Easter Eve and continues through the Day of Pentecost. As Christians we believe that because Christ died and rose again, we, too, have the hope of resurrection in this life and in the life to come.
Easter proclaims and celebrates the whole of salvation history and Christ’s saving work for us. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice there is forgiveness of sin, freedom from the power of sin and victory in the Christian life. We can also claim eternal life and relationship with our God forever more.
Come and let us rejoice this Easter and give thanks to God that our Redeemer lives!