Please join us for our Holy Week services:
Palm / Passion Sunday, March 24, 10:00 am: This service tells the story of Jesus choosing to enter Jerusalem in a humble fashion (a donkey) as a protest to the misuse of power by the governmental and religious leaders. The children will wave palm branches at the beginning of the worship service and place the palms in the form of a cross at the front of the sanctuary. But this service also represents the stories of passion or suffering of Jesus and prepares us for Holy Week. The choir will sing “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” as a guide to our worship.
Maundy Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm: Maundy means “Mandate” in Latin. This refers to the story where Jesus gave his disciples the mandate to love one another. This mandate was expressed through the sacrament of communion, the opportunity of prayer, and the ritual of footwashing. This year we will observe the footwashing part of this story to remind us of the ways Jesus calls us to serve others in order to love God. Please don’t worry about the condition of your feet. You can participate as much or as little as you choose. We will divide into 6 stations and our church leaders will wipe your feet with a washcloth. You will pray together and then receive communion as a reminder of God’s love.
Good Friday, March 29, 7:30 pm: This worship service may feel like anything but “good,” because it is so somber. Good is the old English for, “God.” This service reminds us that God is with us even in the darkest moments of life – such as the death of Jesus himself. The sanctuary is stripped of all banners and color. The altar table will have 7 black taper candles representing the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial. As the story is retold, each light will be extinguished representing the light of God being extinguished among us. By the end of the service, we will sing, “Were You There,” as we walk out to the cross in the prayer garden and pause in silence. We will leave the service in silence from the prayer garden to observe the death of Jesus.
Prayer Vigil from Good Friday Night until Holy Saturday:Many churches hold a prayer vigil from the end of the Good Friday worship service to noon on Holy Saturday to represent our vigil to stay awake and pray for God’s creation. This year, the Spiritual Formation team has invited us to participate in this vigil. You are invited to sign up for 1 hour where you will sit in the sanctuary and pray. At least 2 people are asked to sign up for each hour. This sign-up includes the sleeping hours of midnight to dawn. The church will be safe for all participants during this vigil. The Spiritual Formation team will provide readings for you and opportunities to quietly pray in the sanctuary.
Easter Sunday, March 31, 8:00 am: This year we offer an earlier Easter worship service at 8 a.m. (perhaps the equivalency of sunrise for Plymouth folks). We will worship outside at the cross in the prayer garden. There is beautiful symbolism as we return in joy where we left in sorrow on Good Friday. The Chime Choir will play, “Morning Has Broken,” to lead us in worship. This service will be held in the sanctuary in case of bad weather.
Easter Sunday, March 31, 10:00 am: This is the day of joy and celebration as our children bring their Easter baskets, the Easter lilies adorn the sanctuary, our musicians provide triumphant music to celebrate the new life of God’s love in the resurrection story of Jesus Christ! All are invited to attend and bring your family as we worship together. We will receive the sacrament of Communion on this holy day as well.