Holy Week Services

(Childcare provided for every worship service, day and night.)

Mid-Day Prayer
12:15-12:45 p.m. each day
A brief song sets the tone for a time of prayer, contemplation, and silence. We will begin and end promptly–mindful of that some may be on their lunch break. Childcare provided for every worship service.

Maundy Thursday
5:30 p.m.
Rebecca and Dave Simpson-Litke will lead us on a Soundwalk starting at 5:30PM. We will take a “listening tour” of the neighborhood with notebooks from the sanctuary in hand and finish with a time of meditation in Dudley Park. The walk will last about 30 minutes.

6:30 p.m.
After returning to the church for a catered meal, we will observe Maundy Thursday in the sanctuary.This day takes its name from the Latin [mandatum novum] for the “new command” which Jesus gave his disciples that they should “love one another.” In this service of candelight we commemorate the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, and dramatize Christ’s descent into darkness as we hear the Passion story from the gospel of John. The ancient practice of stripping the altar following communion symbolizes the abandonment of the long night in Gethsemane and what followed.

Good Friday
6:30 p.m.
The Seven Last Words of Christ
We will take time to meditate on the Seven Last words of Christ. After each scripture reading, we pause for a prayer, a time of silence, and a song.

Easter Sunday
Sunrise Vigil
6:30 a.m. at Dudley Park
We gather while it is still dark to witness the light and life that comes into the world at each new day. We hear again the promises of God to overcome death from the pages of Scripture, and triumph with all things living in the song of creation. (Dudley Park is about a 4-5 minute walk from our church and a 3 minute walk from the ACC parking lot behind Momma’s Boy—the 20 or so spaces which we will of course want to save for our most senior members. Additional details to follow.)

8 a.m.
Come enjoy casserole, piles ‘o bacon, and other favorites in the Fellowship Hall. Food prepared by the Nurture Committee.

Easter Story
8:45 a.m.
While the eggs are being hidden, Julie Gunby will tell a Godly Play story to the kids.

Egg Hunt
9 a.m.
The kids will gather eggs with courtesy and much consideration. 🙂

Cross Decoration
9:30 a.m.
The kids adorn the cross in the sanctuary with flowers. Bring flowers from home, yard or the store. If they catch you plucking from the roadside, don’t blame me.

Sunday School
9:45 a.m.
All classes as regularly scheduled.

11 a.m.
Lilies & trumpets chorus good news
broad-brimmed hats and seersucker suits,
goldenrod paraments and paschal light,
resurrection logic
like the grammar of good humor …

-Pastor Joe