Holy Week: Following Jesus' Journey
Holy Week is an invitation for all of us to remember and relive Jesus’ last week. It begins on a hopeful Palm Sunday and then follows Jesus’ dark journey through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday before it ends triumphantly with Easter. Holy week challenges us to wait in the valley between Hosanna and Hallelujah and follow Jesus from his entry into Jerusalem to the Upper Room through Gethsemane to Calvary and eventually to the empty tomb.
Palm Sunday: Jesus is welcomed into Jerusalem by crowds who celebrate him as King. In many ways, the crowds want Jesus to be a triumphant, conquering king, but Jesus knows better. He knows that in the days to come, he will disappoint their hopes and will be rejected by them.
Worship on April 5 at 10:00am here.
Maundy Thursday: There are a variety of events that are clustered on this last evening before Jesus was arrested. These include the last meal together, a passover meal that Jesus transforms into the Lord’s Supper. He will be betrayed and denied and deserted by all of his close followers. On this night, Jesus laments to God about the pain and suffering that lies in front of him. This year, we will lament alongside Jesus, learning to lament the season we are facing. Worship on April 9 at 6:30pm here.
Good Friday: We remember that Jesus was unjustly tried, cruelly tortured and crucified alongside criminals. On this day, we grieve our sin and the brokenness of our world, and we remember that it was God's fierce and faithful love that saves us and heals our brokenness.
Easter Vigil: As Jesus' body rests in the tomb, his followers waited in silence. Jesus — and all the dreams they had of a good future — have died. This is a day of quiet meditation as Christians contemplate the darkness of a world without a future and without hope apart from God and his grace. On Holy Saturday, we rehearse the Story of God, reminding ourselves of God’s faithfulness, as we wait in hope for Easter morning. Worship on April 11 at 6:30pm here.
Easter Sunday: We rejoice! Jesus is risen indeed! Hallelujah! Worship on April 12 at 10:00am here.