Journey to the Empty Tomb

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We are in the midst of Holy Week and we started out with a noisy palm procession this past Sunday.  The rain cleared off just in time for us to be able to march around the block and into the sanctuary! 

Don’t miss out on two special worship opportunities this week!

The worship service on Maundy Thursday remembers the final two commands that Jesus gave us the night before he was killed.  Maundy comes from the Latin word Mandatum and means command.  On that night, Jesus gathered to observe the Passover Seder with his disciples.  In the middle of the meal, he did two new things.  First, he knelt to wash the disciples’ feet.  This was a common act for servants, but it was surprising for someone like Jesus to humble himself to that position.  Second, he instituted a new ritual with the bread and the cup which today we call Holy Communion.  You will have an opportunity to participate in a foot-washing and receive communion during this worship service.

Good Friday remembers the final hours before Jesus’ crucifixion and death.  On this night, the drama is intense and recalls Pilate, Ciaphas, Peter’s denial, the crowd shouting “Crucify him,” the casting of lots, and nailing Jesus to the cross and even more.  This service will include much to hear and imagine!

Check out what you will see an experience in this Holy Week preview video.  You will hear the voice of Evelyn Strubinger as she shares her reflections about foot-washing and Holy Week as well as a short clip of the drama for Friday night.

Easter Sunday immediately follows Holy Week and culminates the story in the glorious proclamation of an empty tomb.  On Easter Sunday, breakfast will be served by the youth starting at 8:30 a.m. and worship will begin at 10:30 a.m.  Sunday School classes will not meet.

Don’t miss out!

See you in worship!

Peace,

Rev. Jill