Lent, Holy Week, and Easter 2020
Our Sunday worship in Lent takes on a more solemn character than the rest of the year. Our hymns and liturgies invite us to take a "deep dive" into the truth about the human condition. We name out loud the ways our lives are in need of healing, and of how we contribute to the brokenness of the world. We are met by a God of mercy and love who never grows tired of welcoming us back home. In addition to Sunday mornings, there are opportunities each Wednesday night during Lent for confession and forgiveness, dinner, and a contemplative service of evening prayer.
Philippians is a letter from the apostle Paul to the Christian community in Philippi. Paul writes from prison to reassure the community that his ministry continues despite his situation. If you enjoy talking about the Bible on a deeper level you will love this conversation group.
Pastor Jon is also available for private confession and forgiveness on any of these nights. Sometimes it is a good and healthy thing to say what needs to be said out loud and receive the assurance of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness.
Stay here and keep watch with me
the hour has come;
Stay here and keep watch with me
watch and pray.
These are the days of awe, brothers and sisters. They are days to regain our balance... to return to what matters... to hear our story again with new ears and eyes.
Holy Week is about connecting our stories with God's story. They are the most beautiful liturgies of the year. They help make it all real once again. The hour has come. Watch, pray, and be made new.
Thursday, April 9 | 7:00pm
We began Lent by confessing our sin and being marked with ashes. On this night we gather as Jesus’ disciples to receive a personal word of forgiveness as from the Lord himself.
In obedience to Jesus’ command to love one another, we bare our feet (or our hands) and allow them to be washed by one of our sister or brothers in faith. We celebrate the last supper — the meal he instituted on the night in which he was betrayed. Just as Jesus was stripped of his clothes as he was led to the cross, the night ends in total darkness with the stripping of the altar, as all the beautiful adornments in the church are put away, preparing us for the starkness of Good Friday.
Friday, April 10 | 7:00pm
On the surface, it might seem crazy to refer to the day that Jesus died as “good.” But while it is a solemn day, Good Friday is not the “funeral Jesus never had.” Christians see the cross as a sign of triumph—God’s victory over death.
In that spirit, we pray the Bidding Prayer on this night, an ancient prayer that commends everyone and everything we can think of to the loving arms of Jesus. The night concludes as a simple, wooden cross is brought into the sanctuary, and each worshiper is invited to come forward and “pay their respects,” so to speak: to bow before it, touch it, kneel or sit near it for a while, or lay down some symbol of life’s burdens at its feet.
The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, April 1 | 7:00pm
We begin outside to light the new fire, proclaiming to the world that Christ is our light in the darkness. We bless the new Easter Candle and process into the church where we hear the great stories of salvation retold by candlelight using music and drama. We will baptize our newest sisters and brothers in Christ -- Ava, Carl, and Brooks Champigny -- into God's family, welcome new members, and re-affirm our own baptismal promises to live as God's people in the world. Finally, the lights come on, bells ring, and we share in the "feast of victory of our God" in Holy Communion.
The Resurrection of Our Lord
Sunday, April 12
8:30 AM | Easter Breakfast
9:30 AM | Festival Eucharist*
Death is never the end of the story for God’s people. On this festival day we marvel in the wonder that Christ is risen from the dead! We hear the astonishing story of the empty tomb, breathe in the fragrance of the Easter lilies, sing some of our favorite hymns, let the “alleluias” fly, and share in the “feast of victory for our God” in Holy Communion.
* Please note that the Easter Sunday service is one hour earlier than our normal service.
10:45 AM | Easter Egg Hunt