Holy Week Drama


The most dramatic week of the church year is almost here.


We hope all of you will worship on Easter Sunday.  However, for the most meaningful Easter a walk through Holy Week is important.  Please join us for as many of these worship services as possible:
Palm/Passion Sunday is March 25.  At both 9:30 and 11 a.m. we will begin with the joy of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, waving palm branches and rejoicing.  However, the second part of the worship service turns to His passion and death on the cross.  The message will be “Learning from the Life of Jesus: Learn When Not to Fight.”


Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday) is March 29.  At 7 p.m., we will gather in the sanctuary to remember Jesus’ last supper with the disciples.   As we come to Holy Communion, you will have an opportunity to place coins noisily in a bowl, symbolizing the 30 pieces of silver that Judas received for betraying Christ.  Bring a handful of coins to worship, and prepare to confess ways that we may have intentionally or unintentionally betrayed God and others.  God’s forgiveness and grace will be celebrated as we come closer to Christ that night.


Good Friday, March 30, there are two worship opportunities at other locations. At noon, gather at Lowell United Methodist Church to begin their traditional Cross Walk from the church to a cemetery.  If you prefer to worship in the evening, come at 7 p.m. to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4301 Ambrose Ave. NE, for a service of Tenebrae.  During worship, candles will be extinguished, recalling the darkness and pathos of the day. The worship service will be led by Ellen Brubaker and John Ross Thompson.


Easter Sunday, April 1 (no fooling!) will be our celebration of the Resurrection, at both 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.  “Learn to Share Hope” will be the theme.  It’s one of the easiest days to convince family and friends to join you at worship.  If it is easy for you to walk, please park away from the church to save room for visitors and those who need close parking. The grassy area on both sides of the driveway to the house next to Genesis is our property and a good place to park.  Since it is the first Sunday of the month, we also will be celebrating Holy Communion, which is open to all persons who want to grow closer to God.


As we walk with Jesus this coming week, we go through the ups and downs of his final week, mirroring the ups and downs of life.  As is God’s plan, it ends in hope and new life!  I look forward to sharing this with you.
Pastor John Ross

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