Sunday of the Passion – Palm Sunday
March 25, 2018 ~ 8:30 a.m. & 10 a.m.
On Passion Sunday, we celebrate Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem where people waved palm branches and shouted, “Hosanna to the King of David!” The service begins in the narthex and the whole congregation processes into the sanctuary symbolizing this important event.
March 28, 2018 ~ 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Lent began on Ash Wednesday with corporate confession of our sins with the absolution being withheld. This evening, we at last receive that long-awaited absolution. This process of reconciliation makes it possible for us to concentrate on the mystery of our redemption during the last three days before Easter known as the Great Tridium: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
March 29, 2018 ~ 7 p.m.
The name Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means commandment. On this day, we recall the Last Supper, we remember and pray for the children who will be receiving their First Holy Communion on the second Sunday of Easter. We also remember Jesus’ words, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you.” The liturgy ends with the stripping of the altar as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s humiliation by the soldiers.
March 30, 2018 ~ 11 a.m. (Children’s Service) & 7 p.m.
The morning service is a special children’s service where we share with them the steps our Lord took on his way to the cross and that the message of sadness was certainly not the end of the story. Following the service, the children will do a craft project and share lunch together. At the evening service, we will celebrate the mystery and awe of the Passion as we focus on Christ’s journey to and death on the cross. This service impresses on us the terrible reality of sin which caused our Savior to die for us. To our Pre-school families, if you have a church home we encourage you