Remembrance & Celebration

April 16th, 2014 by re-admin

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You are invited to journey with us in the memory of the death and resurrection of Christ.

April 17 @ 7:00 pm – Maundy Thursday

With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At the heart of Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love on another. Recalling that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved. At the Lord’s Table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer ourselves in love for life of the world.

April 18 @ 7:00 pm – Good Friday

At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day –the triumph of the cross- reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life- given passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died. Today’s liturgy culminates in the Easter Vigil tomorrow evening.

April 19 @ 9:00 pm – Vigil of Easter

This is the night! This is our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom, from death to life. Tonight is the heart of our celebration of the Three Days and the pinnacle of the church’s year. The resurrection of Christ is proclaimed in word and sign, and we gather around a pillar of fire, hear ancient stories of our faith, welcome new sisters and brothers at the font, and share the food and drink of the promised land. Raised with Christ, we go forth into the world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.

April 20 @ 7:00 am – Sunrise Service

This service will take place on the front lawn this year. You are asked to bring a lawn chair of at all possible. Today, we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection.

10:00 am – Easter Worship

On this day the Lord has acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On this, the “eighth day” of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the water of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great joy we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share the news that Christ is risen!