Holy Week Schedule

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday – April 14, Combined Liturgy 9:15 AM

In this liturgy our collective attention is drawn to the Passion of our Lord Jesus and the powerful drama of Holy Week. The Cherub Choir singing Shout Hosanna will begin the liturgy. The procession Hymn will gather all of our voices in joy and gladness as we remember the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem and the crowds shouted hosanna, waved branches of palm, and laid clothing on the road to carpet his path. They proclaimed him king. Quickly the liturgy takes a solemn tone as we read together the passion narrative from the gospel of Luke. We are made aware that we not only shout “Hosanna,” but we shout “Crucify him” too. A Festival Choir comprised of members from both the 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM service times will provide stirring music amplifying the solemnity of the day.

Maundy Thursday/Holy Thursday – April 18, 7:00 PM

Maundy Thursday is the beginning of the Triduum. This is one large liturgy spread across three days. Historically it has been called The Great Three Days. The first part of the three part liturgy is begun on Maundy Thursday. The service begins with the sermon and then is followed by confession with individual absolution. Foot washing and Holy Communion are historic components as we reflect on the new commandment that we “love one another.”

Good Friday/ The Way of the Cross Organ and Art –    April 19, Noon

Our organist Victor Fields will present a music and art depiction on the Way of the Cross. This will feature organ music about -“The Way of the Cross” by the 20th French virtuoso organist and composer Marcel Dupré. Artwork shown on a projection screen will accompany the dramatic music. This presentation will allow you to reflect on the drama and passion that our Lord Jesus endured on the way to the Cross. This music will be a way to guide you through Good Friday during Holy Week.

Good Friday – April 19, 7:00 PM

Good Friday focuses our attention on the crucifixion and death of the Lord Jesus. The liturgy is the second portion of the Triduum and is the most solemn service in our Christian faith. The church appointments reflect the day. A large wooden cross is placed before us. The Passion according to St. John is read, the litany prayed, and then concludes with the reproaches from the cross. We depart the church in silence, reverencing the cross, and preparing for the Vigil of Easter.

Holy Saturday/Vigil of Easter – April 20, 7:00 PM

The Vigil of Easter begins with a new fire. We gather at the Garden of Memory. Here from this place associated with death we begin the third portion of the Triduum. The Vigil of Easter is the first celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection. We move from the Garden of Memory into the darkened church where we hear salvation history recounted through a series of readings from Holy Scripture. The sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated. Prayers are offered. We make the transition from darkness to light, from death to resurrection as the first hymn of Easter is sung. The Easter gospel is read, Holy Communion celebrated and we joyfully take our leave anticipating the full glorious celebration of Easter on Sunday morning.

The Resurrection of Our Lord/ Easter Sunday – April 21, Combined Liturgy 9:15 AM

This liturgy is the Queen of feasts. We will gather as one assembly to bear witness to the joyous news from the tomb that “Christ is Risen!” This proclamation will be shouted from our lips on the day of resurrection as we begin the liturgy. Then, like powerful ocean waves, the message of hope and salvation will be pro-claimed by the children in the Cantabile Choir, and then by the adults in the Handbell Choir, and by the combined voices of the Festival Choir, and by the sermon, and through the Holy Communion. With brass, organ, and timpani we will raise our song of gladness and sing our alleluias. With joy and gladness we bear witness to what God has done, is doing, and promises yet to do leading us forth to proclaim resurrection and hope through our words and deeds. A time of refreshment will follow in the narthex and Good Shepherd Gathering space.