Palm Sunday, April 1, 9:30 and 11:00A
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and highlights the ironic tension of human expectations for God’s salvation, and the actual divine plans for salvation beginning to be worked out. Events of this day are the “Triumphal” entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the adoration of the crowds and the driving of moneychangers from the Temple.
In these services we will re-tell the beginning of the passion story by blending scripture narration, choral anthems, hymns, congregational song, dramatic movement and the preaching of the Palm Sunday texts. Karen Johnson and the Children's Choir as well as the Adult Choir will lead us in worship this Sunday. Children (K-5) are invited to worship with us at the beginning of the service before being dismissed to their Sunday school Live the Adventure program.
Maundy Thursday, April 5, 7:00P
This service remembers the last evening Christ spent with His disciples in the upper room, and the significant events making up this evening are His washing of the disciple’s feet, the institution of the Lord’s Supper, and the giving of the “new” commandment to love one another. The name of this day comes from the last of these. "Maundy" comes from the Latin “mandatum novum," the "new commandment" Jesus gave his disciples in John 13:34. Our worship mood of reverence will reflect the somber occasion and will feature our church choir, preaching, and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service, April 6, 7:00P
From the latin word for "shadows", the Tenebrae service reflects on the darkness that came across the land at the moment of Jesus' death. By weaving music and readings from the passion narrative, we as a church focus on the events of Good Friday. The service will end in darkness and silence, allowing us to engage with the scandal and tragedy of Jesus' death on the cross. In light of the resurrection, we know that Easter is coming, but we want to fully identify with Jesus' death - making Easter Sunday all the more meaningful.
Holy Saturday Service at SNL 5-6P
Holy Saturday Service at SNL 5-6P on April 7th in the gym. Doug Bunn will be preaching a sermon entitled, "The work God does as we rest in Him" from Luke 23:55-56. The earliest followers of Jesus rested on the first Holy Saturday, and awoke to the amazing news that God had raised Jesus from the dead. Do you find yourself trying to rest in the midst of anxious situations? Can this 2000- year old story bring new hope to you? Let's find out together.
Easter Sunday, April 8, 9:30 and 11:00A
He has risen indeed! This Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, indicating God’s victory over sin and death for both Christ and those who are His. Our worship will feature songs and anthems by our Children’s Choir and our Adult Choir, our resident brass quintet, and the sermon from David Gill's series on "the meaning of the cross" to begin this new season for the church. The whole church is invited to the sanctuary for our two worship services - there will be no separate Youth or Children's services. Because of this we encourage attendance at the 11A service due to space limitations.