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Holy Week

Holy Week 2017

Join us as we journey with Jesus through the Easter Triduum, (pronounced "tree do 'em") an ancient three-day celebration of his death and resurrection - Maundy Thursday (6 PM) Good Friday (7 PM), Easter Vigil on Saturday (7 PM), all followed by Easter Sunday (4 PM). We will meet to worship and celebrate the hinge of history this week.

We encourage you to fully participate in a journey together following Jesus through all of our Holy Week services. We see each of these services not as stand alone events, but as part of a holistic experience that more fully engages us in the story that shapes and defines our lives. The week culminates on Easter Sunday.

 

Maundy Thursday Communion Service [April 13, 6PM :: Worship service, foot-washing & communion, followed by a soup dinner together in the Social Hall (1715 Anderson Road).

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Passover meal, the final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. Passover was an observance of God rescuing his people from slavery in Egypt. It was important for Jesus to celebrate this observance and point to the new covenant he would make with God's people, rescuing them from spiritual slavery to sin and death. On this night in Jesus' ministry he washed the feet of his disciples and instituted the Lord's Supper, which we celebrate weekly. In so doing, our servant King provided a means of grace and an example for us to follow. The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin for “command.” Through our participation in these practices we reflect upon the new command of Jesus to, “Love each other as I have loved you.”

 

Good Friday Tenebrae Service [April 14, 7 PM]

Good Friday reminds us of the darkness experienced by Christ before his resurrection on Easter morning. This darkness, and the extent of God’s love in overcoming the darkness for us, is marked by a “service of shadows” commemorating Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross for the sins of the world. A service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. Scripture readings trace the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous day. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering and death; we remember the cataclysmic nature of his sacrifice as we hear the sound of the “strepitus”; and through the return of the small but persistent flame of the Christ candle at the conclusion of the service, we anticipate the joy of ultimate victory.

 

Holy Saturday Vigil [April 15, 7PM at CBH in the courtyard]

“He descended into hell.” -Apostles’ Creed

On Holy Saturday we remember that God does not redeem from afar. The Word descended into our humanity and into the depths of human suffering, even into the very realm of death itself in order to set free its captives. On Holy Saturday we embrace the tension that there is life in the midst of death, because love Himself has dwelt in it. Join us for a short outdoor service of mourning, stillness, and expectation.

 

Easter Morning Breakfast Potluck [April 16, 8 AM, at Mace Ranch Park]

Ever since the gospel writers mention that the first witnesses to the empty tomb were there early in the morning, Christians have been gathering early on Easter morning to celebrate together.  Join us for an Easter breakfast potluck at 8 AM - we'll read the account of that first Easter morning together, celebrate and eat, and there will be an Easter egg hunt for the kids.  Bring a breakfast dish to share, especially something you've been fasting from during Lent.  Coffee, tea, and mimosas provided.

Easter Baptismal Service [4 PM, April 17, CBH sanctuary]

Easter Sunday is a celebration of the victory of God over sin and death through the resurrection of Jesus. Join us for the most important of all Christian celebrations.  Music will feature a string quartet, horns, and lots of voices.  During the service we will celebrate the sacrament of baptism, and following the service there will be a time of refreshments.