Holy Week and Easter
Beginning with celebratory and solemn Palm Sunday, Holy Week is an opportunity to contemplate the days before Jesus' crucifixion and Resurrection through liturgy and music, culminating in the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening. There are many opportunities for worship and contemplation at Holy Spirit this Holy Week.
Join us for our celebration of Easter! Our celebration begins on Saturday, March 31, with the Great Vigil of Easter at 7:30 p.m. We'll gather in the church courtyard for the kindling of new fire, process into the church for the telling of the Salvation History, witness baptisms and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. A festive reception follows in the parish hall. Services on Easter Day, April 1, are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., both with choir. Coffee Hours follow both Easter Sunday services, and a nursery is provided for Easter Vigil and the 9 a.m. Easter Day service. Please join us!
Palm Sunday, March 25: Services at 8 am and 10:15 am
A day of contrasts, Palm Sunday begins with joyous choruses of "Hosanna," welcoming the one who comes in the name of the Lord. The dramatic liturgy turns from joy to sorrow, from rising to dying, from fidelity to betrayal. Hearing the Passion Narrative, we turn our faces toward the dark days of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
We enter Holy Week today with prayers, music, and ceremonies that would be recognized by ancient pilgrims to Jerusalem walking the way of the cross. This is not merely the story of Jerusalem two thousand years ago--it is our story, too. We have a part in this great act by which God redeems the whole of creation through Jesus Christ. Today we are part of the passion of Christ and through it we see the reality of God's saving action in our lives.
Hosanna means "save us." The jarring intersection of triumph and defeat encompassed in this worship shows us that when the power of self and the powers of this world fail utterly, it is in this humble, frail Jesus of Nazareth that the power of God is revealed. We shout hosanna not knowing what it will bring. It brings the cross, at once a terrible death and a throne of mercy for us. We are the children whom God so loved that the only Son was sent to live and die as one of us. There is no moment of defeat, of alienation, of brokenness, or even of death itself that can keep God from us. The Palm Sunday service ends in silence, with this hope of love claiming us.
Both Palm Sunday services begin in the church.
Holy Eucharist on Maundy Thursday with Footwashing: March 29, 7 pm
Every Christian Eucharistic meal follows the pattern Jesus instituted on this night when, sharing a Passover meal with his disciples, he broke bread and shared a cup. We join in the mystery of his promise that whenever we do likewise, we experience his abiding and redemptive presence among us. We wash one another's feet, as Jesus washed the feet of his disciple, Peter; a reminder that to follow Jesus is to serve one another. In a
dramatic moment, the altar of the church is stripped bare of all its furnishings, reminding us of the starkness of what will occur on Friday.
Join us before the service, at 6 pm, for a soup dinner in the parish hall. (Why is the soup dinner on Maundy Thursday?)
Nursery is provided during the 7 pm Maundy Thursday service.
All Night Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil
A silent vigil of prayer and meditation through the night before the reserved Sacrament concluding at 7 a.m. on Good Friday. Click here to learn more.
Liturgy of Good Friday: March 30 at 12 noon
On this, the most solemn day of the Christian year, we remember the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross. In prayers, anthems, Scripture, and song, we hear God's word proclaimed and preached, experience the cross as a focus for meditation and prayer, and receive Holy Communion from the reserved Sacrament.
An hour of silence and readings follows the service, in the church.
The Great Vigil of Easter - Saturday, March 31, 7:30 pm
We gather tonight to celebrate the deepest, most important truth we know--that in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has entered into our world to bring hope, healing, and new life. Jesus embodied God's unstoppable love so completely that he became a threat to nearly everyone around him, and he was hung on a cross for refusing to compromise or set limits on that love. Tonight the church proclaims that death was not the last word for him, that God raised him to new life, and in doing that has opened the possibility of
healing and hope for everyone. Easter promises that, as with the first disciples, we too can know this risen Lord and can find our lives being filled with his life. So our celebration tonight is not simply about an event long ago, but about how the miracle of resurrection can take place in us.
A special reception follows the service in the parish hall which includes "make-your-own Easter sundaes" and a very Anglican spot of sherry.
About the Great Vigil of Easter: On this night, Christ broke the bonds of death and rose victorious from the grave. We light the Easter fire and hear the stories of God's redeeming work among God's people. As solemn chant turns to joyful song, we baptize new Christians and ring bells to announce the Resurrection.
Nursery is provided during the Easter Vigil service.
Easter Sunday Choral Eucharists 9 am and 11 am
A festive celebration of the Eucharist with Easter hymns and other music by the Choir, followed by a special coffee hour.
The Lord is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! The disciples' Easter proclamation becomes our Resurrection song. holy Spirit is transformed with joyous music and beautiful flowers, expressions of the grace and triumph of Christ's glorious resurrection.
We gather this morning to celebrate the deepest, most important truth we know--that in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has entered into our world to bring hope, healing, and new life. Jesus embodied God's unstoppable love so completely that he became a threat to nearly everyone around him, and he was hung on a cross for refusing to compromise or set limits on that love. Today the church proclaims that death was not the last word for him, that God raised him to new life, and in doing that has opened the possibility of healing and hope for everyone.
Nursery is provided at the Maundy Thursday, Easter Vigil, and 9 am Easter Sunday services.