Already Holy Week is nearly upon us! Holy Week is the time of year when we walk with Jesus during his last week of life, remembering together the sacrifices he made, what they mean for our lives, and then at the end, celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord and the new life that this victory brings to us. Hope you can join us for some part of this special and sacred week.
Palm Sunday (April 9, 10:30am) – Jesus makes his triumphal entry into Jerusalem in preparation for the Passover celebration. But shouts of “Hosanna!” quickly turn to cries of “Crucify!” On this Sunday, we will begin with a joyous procession with palms, followed by a dramatic reading of the Passion According to Matthew.
Maundy Thursday (April 13, 7pm @ St. Martin Lutheran Church, 813 Bay Rd) – Jesus shares a meaningful supper with his disciples during which he gives them a new commandment, “to love one another as I have loved you.” On this night, we will reflect on that covenant, and celebrate communion together, remembering how Christ gave himself for us. The service will conclude with the solemn practice of Stripping the Altar, while we reflect on how Jesus gave up everything for us.
Good Friday (April 14, 7pm @ Bethlehem, 1767 Plank Rd) – On this darkest of days, we remember how Jesus “breathed his last” on the cross. This will be a Tenebrae service (meaning, “shadows”), mostly candlelit, as we read the Passion According to John, allowing beautiful and haunting a cappella music (sung by members of Concentus Women’s Chorus) provide the commentary on this sad but salvific event.
Easter: The Resurrection of our Lord (April 16, 10:30am, breakfast at 9am) – “On the third day, he rose again,” and today we celebrate! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! Come and raise a joyful noise to give thanks for Christ’s victory over the grave, and the victory that we all have, too, because Christ’s resurrection has conquered the fear of sin and death. Come at 9am for breakfast. Tickets are available at the door, $4, children free. Proceeds go to Webster Community Chest. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item as well to contribute to the Chest.