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Posted on Wed, Mar 28, 2012

Join us as we remember the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, and celebrate His Resurrection!

Sunday, April 1 10:30 AM

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

The dual nature of this powerful service is evident from its title. It begins with the pomp and glory of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the waving of palm branches and shouts of “Hosanna” to our King. The hosannas soon change to “Crucify him, crucify him,” as the Passion is narrated and dramatically proclaimed by members of the congregation. The impact of the passion and death of our Lord is stark and vivid in this service, so that the glory of the Resurrection may be properly celebrated the following Sunday. One Service Only at 10:30 a.m. The congregation will meet in the Parish Hall instead of the church, for the Procession of the Palms.

Wednesday, April 4 7:00 PM


The name Tenebrae is Latin for “darkness” or “shadows”. This service provides an extended meditation upon, and a prelude to, the events in our Lord’s life between the last supper and the Resurrection.

Thursday, April 5 7:00 PM

Maundy Thursday

The word "Maundy" comes from the Latin for 'command'. It refers to the command given by Jesus at the Last Supper, that his disciples should love one another. This service begins the sacred three days of remembrance of the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. It initiates a time of watching, waiting and contemplation as we enter into the final days before Eastertide. On this night we celebrate Holy Communion with the powerful knowledge that Christ suffered and died for us.

 Friday, April 6 12 Noon

The Stations of the Cross

The Stations, or Way of the Cross, is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of prayers at a series of places traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death. The stations are pictorial representations of the events described in Scripture and tradition of Jesus carrying the cross to Golgotha, the place of his crucifixion. These stations are mounted along the walls of the church, and the participants move from station to station, offering prayers and devotions at each one.

Saturday, April 7 12 Noon

Holy Saturday Liturgy of the Word

Holy Saturday, sometimes known as Black Saturday, is the day after Good Friday. It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week in which Christians prepare for Easter. This is an extremely simple and solemn service, consisting of Scripture readings, prayers and anthems. Communion is not administered on this day as we commemorate Christ’s burial, and descent to the abode of the dead. This brief and beautiful liturgy prepares us to properly celebrate the Resurrection on Easter morning.

Sunday, April 8 9:15 AM

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

This delightful Easter Sunday event takes the place of our Sunday School hour, as the children race about the church grounds in search of brightly colored eggs, the symbol of new life. This is fun for all ages as the adults enjoy hearing the squeals of delight from the little ones when they find another “treasure”.

 Sunday, April 8 10:30 AM

Easter Sunday Service

The Resurrection Sunday service is a glorious event, as we celebrate the risen Lord in Word, Song, and Sacrament. The church is beautifully adorned with Easter flowers, the wonderful Easter Hymns are sung, and the Resurrection of our Lord is proclaimed. Be sure and bring some flowers to decorate the “floral cross”, as well as a small bell of any kind, as each time we say or sing the word “Alleluia!” everyone rings their bells. It is truly a joy to watch the children wait with eager anticipation for the next “Alleluia” so they can furiously ring the bells. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service in the Parish Hall. One service only at 10:30 a.m.


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