Lent and Holy Week Events

Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016,  11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

 

Ash Wednesday is a day of Atonement. This day marks the beginning of a penitential discipline which climaxes in the absolution and peace which is offered on Holy Wednesday. The service begins with an extended confession with absolution being withheld until Wednesday of Holy Week, thus beginning the penitential season. Ashes are prepared for this day by burning palm branches from last Palm Sunday and grinding them into a powder. The ashes are then placed on the forehead of those who desire them in the shape of a cross with these words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

 

Wednesdays in Lent, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

 

Join us each week to observe the season of Lent. Services are held at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the season of Lent.

 

“Sunday of the Passion” – Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, 8:30 a.m. and 11 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.

 

Prior to the service, we will enjoy breakfast together and the children will have an Easter Egg Hunt. Breakfast is at 9:45 a.m. followed by the Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. Each child is asked to bring a basket or bag to use to collect his/her eggs. Families of participating children are asked to bring one dozen plastic filled eggs per child in your family. These may be dropped off at the church anytime before Palm Sunday.

 

Holy Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 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 of Lent also known as the Great Tridium: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

 

Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

 

The name Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means commandment. On this day, as we recall the Last Supper, we will celebrate with the children who will be receiving their First Holy Communion. 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.

 

Good Friday, March 25, 2016, 11:00 a.m. (Children’s Service) and 7:00 p.m.

 

The morning service is a special children’s liturgy 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.

 

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, Festival Services of Holy Communion, 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.

 

Join us as we share in the joyous news that Christ who died is risen! The tomb stands empty and our Lord has taken with him all of our sins. Celebrate the glorious news with us on Easter morning. The sanctuary will be filled with joyous news, song and flowers – make sure you bring your friends!