Holy Week is a time when we reflect on the last week of Jesus' life. The Gospels tell us a great deal of what happened throughout that week, especially focusing on Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection. Since it was during Holy Week that Jesus brought to completion his work of saving us from sin, it is fitting for us to gather together and be reminded of the amazing things Jesus has done for us and won for us.
Palm Sunday - Sunday, March 25, 10:30 am
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate Jesus' royal and triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The crowds shout "Hosanna!" which means, "Lord, save us!" and he is praised as the Son of David, the Christ, who comes to save.
Maundy Thursday - Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pm
The word "Maundy" comes from the Latin word "maundatum," which means "command." On that last night of Jesus' life, Jesus showed his love to his disciples by washing their feet. He also told them, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34,35) On that night, Jesus also celebrated the Passover with his disciples, instituting the Lord's Supper by giving them his true body and blood together with the bread and wine. It was also that night that he went and prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, was betrayed by Judas, and willingly allowed himself to be arrested by the crowd.
Good Friday - Friday, March 30, 7:00 pm
How can the day on which our Lord and Savior was beaten, flogged, spit on, ridiculed, crucified, and died be "Good"? Because that is what he willingly endured for you and for me in order to take our sins away. He even suffered the eternal punishment of hell in our place there in those three hours on the cross. Good Friday is always a somber celebration since we know that it's because of our sins that Jesus had to suffer such horrendous things. But it is still a celebration; it is still good, because on that cross Jesus paid for all of our sins and completed his work of winning our forgiveness, just as he exclaimed, "It is finished!" before willingly giving up his life for us.
Easter Sunrise Service - Sunday, April 1, 7:30 am
Early that first Easter morning, the women hurried to the tomb. So did Peter and John. What they found was not what they expected. The stone was rolled away and Jesus was alive! So too, we hurry to visit his tomb early on Easter morning. We know that we will find the tomb empty. We know that we will hear the angels proclaim, "He is not here. He is risen just as he said!" We know that our redeemer lives, and yet what great comfort and joy those words still give us each and every day.
Easter Breakfast - Sunday, April 1, 9:00-10:00 am
An Easter Breakfast is a wonderful tradition which our congregation loves to celebrate. The eternal peace which Jesus' resurrection from the dead brings to us gives us peace in every aspect of our lives. It is that peace in Jesus which we all share in common and celebrate together.
Easter Festival Service - Sunday, April 1, 10:30 am
During his life, Jesus gave the promise, "Because I live, you also will live." (John 14:9) Jesus' resurrection on Easter morning assures us that we too will rise and live with him forever. Jesus' resurrection assures us that his sacrifice on the cross was complete and all of our sins are forgiven. Jesus' resurrection assures us that he truly is the Son of God, our Savior. Jesus' resurrection assures us that he has defeated death for us. Without Jesus' resurrection, we would be stuck in our sin, trapped in a life without any true hope. But he is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!