Holy Week and Easter Worship
Palm Sunday – April 14, 1:00 0a.m. – ONE service only.
We start outside with a joyful procession, singing Hosannas, and waving palm branches, before reading the Gospel of the Passion – reliving the transition from celebration, to Jesus’ arrest and judgement by the authorities.
Holy Week Taizé – April 16, 7:00 p.m., Chapel
A contemplative service of chants, a reading from scripture, quiet reflective moments, and candles lit to illuminate our hearts as we move into the mystery of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Holy week Eucharist—Wednesday at 12:10.
Center yourself with this mid-week Holy Communion before the drama of the Triduum begins.
Maundy Thursday – April 18, 6:30 p.m.
Light Dinner/Communion, washing of the Altar
Come join us as the Parish Hall becomes for us the Upper Room. After a simple supper, the short service includes foot washing, Holy Communion, and drmatic readings of Jesus’ last evening with the disciples. The service will continue with a procession to the church, the washing and drying of the marble altar, and time for individual prayer.
Good Friday – April 19
Stations of the Cross, 12:00 p.m., Church.
We walk our beautiful stained glass panels, hand-made by members of our congregation from broken glass from our windows, retrieved after the Northridge earthquake.
Service from Light to Darkness, 7:00 p.m., Chapel
On Ash Wednesday we received ashes as we began our Lenten journey as a symbol of “repentance”. On this Good Friday, in the midst of a service that will include scripture readings of his death and burial, candles and music, we will offer an anointing with holy oil as a symbol of our baptismal covenant, followers of Jesus, hearing the words,“Remember you are buried with Christ to rise with Christ.”
The Great Vigil of Easter – April 20, 7:30 p.m.
The new fire of Easter is started, outside on our patio, from which the Paschal candle is lit. The dark sanctuary gives way to the lighting of candles, and ringing of bells, with Holy Eucharist, as the service celebrates the first Easters of the early Christians, when new Christians were baptized into the faith.
Easter Sunday – April 21 – Alleluia! “Jesus Christ is risen today!”
8:00 a.m., Chapel; 10:00 a.m., Church
The glorious music and resurrection readings of Easter Sunday are celebrated with full choir, brass and organ. The 10:00 a.m. service is followed by an Easter egg hunt for the kids while families enjoy Easter refreshments.