Palm Sunday- March 25th 9:00 AM
With a joyful noise, we gather at the entrance of Jerusalem waiving our palms. We shout “Hosanna” (save now!) as our cry for a broken world. “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” (Luke 19:38) This service serves as a wonderful opportunity to begin our journey with Jesus to
Maundy Thursday- March 29th 6:30PM (This service will be at 2nd Ave UMC this year!)
“Lord make our sad divisions soon to cease; draw us all closer, each to each, we plead, by drawing all to you, O Prince of peace.” (ELW 463)
On this sacred night, we remember the final night which Jesus gathered with the original twelve disciples sharing with them the commandments of Love and Grace through meal and the washing of feet. This is a night which we give thanks for the gift of communion as we are mere hours away from his death on the cross.
The altar is stripped as we remember Jesus being stripped of his freedom as we hear the words of Psalm 22 preparing us for Good Friday.
Good Friday- March 30th 7:00PM (a Tenebrae Service-Progressive Darkness)
(Communion will not be celebrated)
We gather at the foot of the cross to hear the words of Jesus’s agonizing death for us and for our salvation. In this service of remembrance we ponder his trial, his torture, his carrying the cross, his crucifixion and burial through the use of Scripture and hymns. We also hear the final words of Jesus by candlelight and leave in darkness and silence this night.
The Vigil of Easter-The 1st Service of Easter
March 31st 5:00PM
This is the night, the night to be immersed in who we are as God’s people. This night overflows with biblical images of a world redeemed in Jesus Christ. We come not to get all the answers, but to be filled to the brim with stories that both refresh and perplex us. At first it could appear that the Vigil is a simple movement from dark to light, from death to life. We await the magic moment when the lights come on and, yes, it is Easter
We will gather in Alexy Hall in darkness as we left Good Friday and hear the stories of hope throughout the Old Testament. We will then travel to the sanctuary where we will rejoice in the light of a new day as we “ring” in the first “Alleluias!” of Easter. If you have never participated in the Vigil of Easter, you do not want to miss out on one of the most ancient services within the Church.
Worshippers are invited to bring a bell (any shapes or sizes are welcomed) which are to be muffled until announced. Worshippers are also invited to bring a coffee mug with them. After the Service a small candle may be lit from the Paschal Candle and you are invited to safely transport the candle home. If you leave your home dark, when you re-enter with the candle lit, may it represent the light of the Risen Christ in your home.
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD (EASTER SUNDAY) April 1st 6:30AM & 9:00AM
It has finally arrived!! If you ever wonder if there was a day in which the world was changed, the first Easter was that day. We gather to celebrate Christ being Raised from the Dead!!! Death, sin, fear, cruelty, injustice, and evil no longer have the final say in our lives because the final words belong to Jesus. Christ is risen and we celebrate that freedom!
The church will be decorated to celebrate this momentous occasion and will “ring” in moment through the use of bells as we sing the return of “Alleluias.”
Our Easter Sunday Services will take place with a Sunrise service at 6:30AM and again at 9:00AM. An Easter Breakfast will be between services. Why not bring a friend to join in on the festivities. Come and celebrate the highest of all days of celebration!