Holy Week service plans announced

easter-holy-week-clip-art-929455Pastor Jeff announced plans for marking the holiest week of the church year. You can learn more than these bare basics in his “Jottings” column.

The Palm Sunday worship service (April 9) will be held in the sanctuary, and will include a celebration of Palm Sunday before shifting to a remembrance of Holy Week in music. The choir will present the cantata, Lenten Canticles, by John Leavitt. Consisting of anthems (two of which the congregation will join in singing) and the passion story from John’s gospel (read by youth in our church), the cantata moves us through the drama of Holy Week to the crucifixion.

On Maundy Thursday (April 13), worshiping as the early Christians did, our worship will encompass all aspects of the meal:  cooking together, setting the tables, sharing the food, scripture, and communion, clearing the tables, doing the dishes, and cleaning up. This is a family-friendly event, and people of all ages and abilities will have a part to play. Set-up and cooking begin at 6:00, with dinner served by 6:45; clean-up starts by 7:30. Come when you can, and leave when you have to.

On Good Friday (April 14), we will gather at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for a service that will also be accessible for people of all generations. With the theme of “finding your ‘okay’,” we will remember Jesus’ prayer, “not my will, but yours be done,” as we consider ways for each of us to look for ways to open our hearts through the use of the labyrinth – we will have finger labyrinths and a walking labyrinth. You may want to bring a journal to help in your reflection on your experience. Some basic art supplies will also be available.

There will be two Easter services (April 16). The sunrise service will be held at the Niles Town Plaza at 6:30 a.m. The service will include singing, story, and communion. As we have in the past couple years, we will head over to the Nile Café after the service for breakfast. This service is BYOC (bring your own chair).

The celebration of the resurrection will continue at the 10:00 festival Easter service, held in the sanctuary. Joy abounds with choruses of “Alleluia,” special anthems from the choir, and communion.

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