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Holy Week

Soup Suppers and Lent Madness

You are invited to share a simple soup and bread supper for the five Thursdays in Lent that begin Feb. 22. Council committees host the suppers, and everyone may bring soup to share, or simply come and eat; sign up sheets are in the gathering area of church. Soup and bread suppers are a way we can share the simplicity and fasting aspect of the season together.

Lent Madness, a riff on March Madness, is a way to have fun together in Lent while learning about the colorful lives of some of the faithful people who have gone before us in our life in Christ. Thirty-two saints are put in competition and there is daily voting on Facebook or Twitter for your favorite in each “smackdown,” beginning Ash Wednesday: go to Lent Madness to participate, or follow on Facebook or Twitter. The second half of each soup supper will be sharing the stories of the two saints of that day, and conversation about their lives. 

Evening Prayer

Each Thursday evening in Lent, beginning February 22, we will gather for a half-hour service of sung evening prayer using Holden Evening Prayer by Marty Haugen. There will be scripture reading and reflection, and a simple song we can sing with one another and in our hearts through the journey of faith.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday / The Sunday of the Passion is on March 25. The congregation will meet outside for the Procession with Palms, remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, then hear a portion of Jesus’ passion according to Mark during worship.

That evening, at 5:30, the Chancel Choir, with orchestra, will present, “In His Own Words,” as described in Kyle Jones’ article.

The Great Three Days

Holy Thursday

March 29, is the end of Lent and the beginning of the Triduum, the Great Three Days central to our faith. We will have Dinner Church at 7 PM, sharing a meal around tables, then scripture, simple song, and holy communion.

Good Friday

March 30, is a day to mark the suffering and death of Christ and our redemption. Worship will include scripture, prayer, the music of the Chancel Choir and prayer around the cross.

Easter Vigil

This is the night! Saturday evening, March 31, is the first joyous celebration of Easter, and a movement with Christ from the darkness of death to the light of resurrection.  This night is bigger than Christmas Eve! The congregation will gather outside near the front door as the New Fire is lit.  We process with candles lit from the Paschal candle into the sanctuary and hear the Easter Proclamation sung. Groups or families from our congregation will creatively present stories from the Old Testament, which trace God’s saving acts. The word comes alive. On this night we all can affirm our baptisms.  Then, we together bring out the Easter decorations and celebrate the first Holy Communion of Easter.  There will be a festive reception for all at the end of the worship service, and s’more’s from the fire. Come and be a part of this ancient liturgy of celebrating our new life in Christ.

Experience the sights, sounds and actions of these awesome days, and Christ will renew your heart and spirit in the deepest truths of life.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is April 1, with festival worship services at 8:00 and 10:45 AM. The alleluias will abound and the Chancel Choir will sing during both worship services.