“Easter means the greatest sacrifice ever made, and the greatest love ever shown, for the greatest freedom ever given.”  Hannah Sukarren

 Holy Week gives us the opportunity to reflect on this greatest love that our God’s shown to us.

Journeying with Christ—remembering the joyful procession on Palm Sunday, through the stunning raw and righteous anger Jesus displayed as he cleansed the Temple, from the Last Supper to the trial and crucifixion-brings us to a greater appreciation for the enormity of God’s sacrifice for us.

During this week, we’ll focus on those key events through worship:

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 9.  We’ll mark Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and how those shouts of “Hosanna!” turned into shouts of “Crucify!”  During worship, there will be a procession of the palms, with the children of the congregation leading the way.  Mary Magdalene will be the next witness called to the Christ On Trial stand.

Maundy Thursday, April 13, gives us the chance to follow Jesus from the Upper Room where he instituted the Last Supper, to the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed to God for deliverance, to his arrest.  Simon Peter will testify on Christ’s behalf in the dramatic sermon, Christ on Trial.  Holy Communion will be celebrated and the office of Tenebrae will be observed.  Worship begins at 7 pm.

Good Friday, April 14, finds us remembering Christ’s passion—his suffering so we might gain God’s eternal mercy.  Closing arguments in Christ’s “trial” will be offered.  Worship begins at 7 pm.

Easter Sunday, April 16, is always glorious as we remember again, that the tomb could not hold Christ.  The Celebration of the Resurrection begins with fellowship and the Easter Breakfast that will be served from 8 am until 9:30 am.  Worship begins at 10 am.  Mary Magdalene will speak of that first Easter morning.  We’ll join in receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion.