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No Eventide during Holy Week

March 22, 2016

The Paschal Mystery - Christ's death and resurrection- is the heart of Christianity. And it is the life-saving center of our own lives and stories.  Christ's  Paschal Mystery finds us in the darkness of our human life, gathers us in beloved community, and makes  us, once again, a new creation

This Holy Week, come and experience the life-saving mysteries of Christ's death and resurrection. The services of Holy Week are the most meaningful and life-changing services of the year for many. During Holy Week, we not only remember Christ's saving acts for us, but we participate in the very acts of Christ's passion, so that on Easter we can become God's  Resurrection people, agents of God's transforming love to this broken world.

Maundy Thursday - March 24, 5 p.m. Supper in the Parrish Hall, 6 p.m. Service*:
Gather in beloved community to break bread and share Christ's servant ministry. We gather as Jesus did with his disciples on the night of the last supper to carry out the commandment Jesus gives to his disciples: "love one another as I have loved you." 

We do this by washing one another's feet as servants to one another and by sharing a simple yet sacred meal of bread and wine as friends. Children are invited to help wash feet, as well. Water. Grain. Grapes. Love. This is the stuff of our salvation.
An all night vigil will commence immediately following the Maundy Thursday service. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend an hour with Jesus! There are still some time slots available - please contact the Church Office at 969-4771 to sign up.
Good Friday - March 25, Noon and 6 p.m.*: On Good Friday we commemorate and participate in Christ's suffering and death because we believe they have purpose. We believe that Christ's death conquered death, in all of its forms, once and for all. When we have found ourselves on one of life's many crosses, Christ, who suffers with us, has sustained us. We meet Christ on the cross, and we know that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. In baptism, we die with Christ on the cross, promising to surrender ourselves to God for the sake of our salvation, and to enter into the suffering of others for the sake of their salvation. Come walk the way of the cross for salvation sake.
The Great Vigil of Easter - Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. Service on the Patio: Fire. Light. Word. Water. Bread. Wine. These are the symbols that lead us from death to life with Christ. This ancient service, the most important service of the year,  begins with the kindling of a new fire- the light of Christ breaking into the darkness of our world. And then we hear the story, our story, of salvation from the beginning of time. We will gather on the patio around the fire as we share our ancestral stories of how God has worked for our salvation since the beginning of time, and how we still participate in God's ongoing story of salvation. We renew our baptismal covenant and commit ourselves anew to be people of Christ's resurrection. Then we celebrate that resurrection in the first Eucharist of Easter. Dress warmly, and don't miss this principle liturgy of the year gathered around the simplicity of a campfire.
Easter Day - Sunday, March 27, 8 and 10 a.m.: 
Alleluia! Christ has Risen! Come celebrate the victory of Christ's resurrection.
8 and 10 a.m. Choral Easter Eucharist with Renewal of Baptismal Vows (Egg Hunt follow the 10 a.m. service). Don't forget to bring cut flowers for the Flower Cross on the lawn.

*Please note the earlier times to accommodate children's participation in the services. Childcare will also be available.

Children are welcome at all services.