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Holy Week is an significant week in the life of the church. It can be very special in each of our lives personally too. It is the last week of Lent, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. It is a time to remember the final days of the life of Jesus, his passion and death. During this week, we continue to fast and pray, observing special services that remind us of the nature of God as shown in the life and mission of Christ Jesus.
Some special services help us observe this unique time:

 

Palm Sunday

April 14th, 9:30 am

Perhaps more than any other Sunday in Lent, Palm Sunday holds in tension both celebration and sadness. It begins Holy Week by commemorating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem while realizing he's actually on the way to the cross. His triumph is through suffering and death.

Maundy Thursday

April 18th, 6:30 pm

On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus' last meal with the disciples as he began the journey to the cross. Before breaking bread, Jesus took the role of a servant and washed the feet of the disciples. Join us as our youth ministry leads us in remember the Last Supper and this model of service.

Good Friday

April 19th, 6:30 pm

On Good Friday we observe a "Tenebrae" service, or a service of "shadows" or "darkness." This evening service is a time of mourning, as readers and singers help us remember the final hours when Jesus is betrayed, sentenced to death, and crucified. With each movement of the service candles are extinguished and lights turned out. Finally, we depart in darkness, remembering the death and burial of Jesus and acknowledging the sin, death, hurt and loss in our own lives and our world. We do not remember this as people without Easter hope but the service itself does not yet reflect the celebration that is coming on Sunday. We wait and pray.

Easter Sunday

April 21st, 9:30 am

"Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb...But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside." - Mark 16:2,4

 

 

"It is important to place the hope of the Resurrection, the promise of newness and life, against the background of death and endings. It is only in walking through the shadows and darkness of Holy Week and Good Friday, only in realizing the horror and magnitude of sin and its consequences in the world incarnated in the dying Jesus on the cross, only in contemplating the ending and despair that the disciples felt on Holy Saturday, that we can truly understand the light and hope of Sunday morning!"
Dennis Bratcher, Copyright © 2018, Dennis Bratcher - All Rights Reserved 
Copyright © 2018, CRI / Voice, Institute

 

 

More information about the days of Holy Week and the entire Church Year can be found at The Voice: Christian Resource Institute - www.crivoice.org/index

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