Invitation to Holy Week

Welcome to this holy week and to this beautiful, hopeful, but complicated story.


Every year we re-enact it.  There are big crowds and angry mobs.  There are friends betraying one another.  There are people with power refusing to put their power to work, and there is one taking off his robe and bending to wash his disciples’ feet. 


There are brash lies being spoken, and quiet truth being told.  There is loud noise and aching silence.  There is one obediently facing death, and others running away from life in fear.


This is a story about love, friendship, life, death, politics, and passion.  It is a human story, and it is a startling revelation of God.


We welcome you to this holy week, and we encourage and invite you to attend all of it.  Hear tonight the passion from Mark’s gospel and of witnesses telling their story.  Join us on Thursday night to taste the bitter and sweet herbs.  Come Friday night to hear the seven words Jesus spoke from the cross.  Depart in silence.


And of course, do not neglect to return on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the news of Jesus’ resurrection.  May you find your place in this holy and mysterious story, may you find yourself, and may you be found.  Amen.



Palm Sunday Morning, March 20, 10:30 a.m.

       Palm Processional

       Chancel Choir sings “The Ground” by Ola Gjeilo

       Dr. Stan Wilson preaches, “The Things that Make for Peace”


Palm Sunday Evening, 5:00 p.m.

       A Walk Through Holy Week: 
       Story of Jesus through Readings and Symbols of Holy Week

Maundy Thursday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.

        An Observance of Passover and Jesus’ Last Supper

Good Friday, March 25, 6:30 p.m.

             “Tenebrae”, a Service of Growing Darkness and the Seven Last Words of Christ

          Chancel Choir sings “A Call to Silence” and “What Wondrous Love” 
          Wind Trio led by Dr. Craig Young, “Were You There
          Depart in silence

Easter Sunday Morning, March 27

              - The cross in front of the sanctuary is adorned fresh flowers
            before worship

          - Bible Study for all ages, 9:15 a.m.

          - Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Story for children
            (2 years - 6th grade) 9:15 a.m.

         Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.

          Chancel Choir sings, “Cantata Domino” and 
          “Glory Be to God the Father” 

          Reverend Susan Meadors preaches, “Alive Again Today”

          Ringing of the Easter bells