Holy Week 2018

Worship Schedule for Holy Week

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) Saturday, March 24, 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 25, 10:00 am
Maundy Thursday
Thursday, March 29, 7:30 pm
Good Friday Friday, March 30, 7:30 pm
Resurrection of Our Lord, Vigil of Easter Saturday, March 31, 5:00 pm
Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day Sunday, April 1, 10:00 am

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday): On this day, we mark Jesus’ triumphant entry into the holy city of Jerusalem to complete the work of our salvation. We follow in his footsteps as we enter the church, our Jerusalem, acclaiming the one whose throne was the cross. In today’s gospel reading, we hear the passion narrative of Jesus’ suffering, death, and burial for our sakes. (from Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Maundy Thursday: On this night, we begin the Three Days (Triduum) during which we participate once again in the saving power of Jesus’ passing over from death into life. The Maundy Thursday service includes the words of Jesus’ new commandment (mandatum, from which Maundy comes) to love one another. As a sign of our calling to follow Jesus’ example of humility and service, we may wash one another’s feet as Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. On this night, in which Jesus was handed over to death, we also gather around the Lord’s supper. At the service’s conclusion, the altar area may be stripped of furnishings as a sign of Jesus’ abandonment. (from Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Good Friday: At the heart of this service is the passion reading according to John, which celebrates Christ’s victory on the cross. As Jesus draws all people to himself, we pray for the whole world for which Christ died. Finally, we honor the cross as the sign of forgiveness, healing, and salvation. Christ has died, so that we may live. (from Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Resurrection of Our Lord, Vigil of Easter: On the night before Easter Day, Christians celebrate Christ’s passage from death to life. The service includes strong signs (new fire in darkness, light spreading from the light of Christ, the water and Word of baptism, the first resurrection meal) and powerful words (the great saving stories of Hebrew scriptures and the first Easter gospel). We keep this night in the spirit of vigil, awaiting Christ’s coming both now and at the end of time. Alleluia! Christ is risen! And Christ will come again! (from Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day: On this day, we join Christians of every place and time to joyfully celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. By his death, Jesus destroyed death, and by his resurrection, he has restored to us eternal life with God. Alleluia! Christ is risen! And Christ will come again!