The holiest week of the Christian year is coming right up, and you’re encouraged to journey through the moving liturgies of Holy Week.
Palm Sunday March 20 8:30 am and 10:30 am
Maundy Thursday Liturgy, March 24 6:30PM - begins in church
Footwashing Service followed by an Agape Meal, concluding with the stripping of the altar.
Maundy Thursday Night Watch 9:00PM Thursday - Noon Friday
Could you not stay awake with me one hour? Matthew 26:40
An overnight prayer watch in the church beginning after Maundy Thursday service and continuing through noon on Friday. A time of group intercessory prayer concludes the Night Watch at noon on Friday for all who'd like to attend. Sign up for a one hour watch on the sign up sheet in the rear of the church.
Good Friday Liturgy, March 257:00PM
includes communion from reserved sacrament
Easter - Liturgies of the Resurrection
Saturday, March 26 The Great Vigil Christ Church in New Haven - 6:30PM Contact us if you'd like to carpool. CLICK HERE for more info
Sunday, March 27 Festive Eucharist 8:30 and 10:30 AM
Our annual egg hunt happens after the later service.
The drama of Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 29, when the accolades given to Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem soon turn to the pain of the passion. We listen to the passion story on Palm Sunday in preparation of the week to come. We'll have a simple service in the church at 8:30. The later service begins in the parish hall with a procession of the palms followed by the liturgy of the passion in the church.
On Thursday, we remember the Last Supper, in which Jesus left his disciples with the charge to serve and love one another. We'll begin this service at 6 pm in the church, then go over to the parish hall for an agape meal during which we'll share communion, then we will return to the church to strip the altar in preparation for Good Friday. Stacy Wadey will be coordinating the Agape Meal. Please be listening for how you can contribute to the meal. Simple Mediterranean fare is requested.
Following services on Thursday, there will be a night watch, in which people sign up for an hour of prayer sometime between 9PM and noon the next day. A sign up sheet is in the rear of the church. Night Watch - As Jesus asked his disciples to watch and pray with him in the Garden of Gethsemane, we watch an pray as Good Friday approaches.
The solemn Good Friday liturgy will take place at 7 pm in the church. People are requested to arrive in silence and leave in silence.
Easter arrives on Saturday night, at the Great Vigil of Easter - the holiest night of the year. The service begins in the dark, then a fire is kindled and the light of Christ comes into the darkened church. The story of God through history is retold and then the arrival of Easter is welcomed with bells and festive song.
Then on Easter Sunday morning, at 8:30 and 10:30AM, we have a festive Eucharist. The later service will be followed by a special coffee hour - bring special pastry or brunch items to share. Children bring baskets or bags for the egg hunt!