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Palm Sunday – April 9
Traditional worship at 8:00 am
Blended worship at 10:15 am

No Wednesday Worship – April 12

Maundy Thursday – April 13
Worship followed by a luncheon at 11 am
Worship with First Communion at 6:30 pm

Good Friday – April 14
Worship at 6:30 pm

Easter Sunday
Sunrise blended worship at 6:30 am
Traditional worship at 8:00 am
Traditional worship at 10:15 am

Journey to the Cross – Holy Week Worship

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Palm/Passion Sunday
March 20-27, 2016
8:00 am & 10:15 am
You are invited to journey through the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with his celebratory entrance into Jerusalem and ending with his death on the cross five days later. We’ll use a combination of music, slides and readings, as the entire congregation participates in the story of those final days. You will then be ready to delve deeper into those final hours with the Seder Meal on Wednesday and the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services later that week.

Seder Meal & Worship
March 23
6:30 pm
Read more about the Seder Meal, a Jewish tradition, here. It is helpful to know how many people to plan for, so be sure to check out the RSVP info and sign up to bring something if you’re able to help out.

Maundy Thursday
March 24
11:00 am & 6:30 pm
We remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. At the 6:30 pm service, our 4th graders celebrate their First Communion!

Good Friday
March 25
6:30 pm
We remember the darkness of the crucifixion.

Easter Sunday
March 27
6:30 am, 8:00 am, & 10:15 am
We celebrate the resurrection during an Easter morning celebration! The 6:30 am sunrise service will lead us from the dark of the tomb to the light of Easter with a blended worship style. The 8:00 am and 10:15 am services will be traditional services.

Seder Meal 2016

Cancelled!

Due to predictions of dangerous road conditions, we have cancelled this service.

Join us for a traditional Jewish Seder meal and worship service Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 pm. We need to plan, so let us know if you’re coming and if you can help by bringing an item. See the below for descriptions of what is needed.

What is a Seder? Click here for more information.

Ready to sign up? RSVP and (if desired) sign up to bring at item or sign up in the office or at the Welcome Center.

Seder Meal Needs

If you’re coming to the Seder Meal & Worship on Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm, you can help by bringing one of the following!

  • Matzos – Small crackers or unleavened bread.
    Need: 2 families to bring 100 pieces each
  • Bitter Herbs – romaine lettuce leaves
    Need: 3 families to bring 50-75 leaves each
  • Grape Juice – red grape juice, frozen concentrate
    Need: 2 families to bring 3 large cans (or 9 small cans) each
  • Charoset – 8 cups finely chopped apples, 4 cups finely chopped almonds or walnuts, 8 teaspoons of cinnamon, a little orange juice to help mix items together
    Need: 2 families to bring one batch each
  • Beitzah – hard boiled eggs
    Need: 3 families to bring 50 each
  • Karpas – parsley
    Need: 2 families to bring 75 each

Holy Week Services

He is Alive

  • Sunday, March 29 – Palm Sunday Worship at 8:00 am & 10:15 am. Palm Sunday breakfast served by Youth & Family
  • Wednesday, April 1 – 6:30 pm Seder Meal and Worship (click for more info)
  • Maundy Thursday April 2 – Worship at 11:00 am (lunch following) & 6:30 pm First Communion Students take communion
  • Good Friday, April 3 – Worship service at 3:00 pm & 6:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday, April 5 – Sunrise Worship at 6:30 am, 8:00 am Traditional Worship, 10:15 am Blended Worship

 

Walking through Holy Week

RandyFettLet’s talk about Holy Week. Christians celebrate Holy Week in order to remember the steps that our Lord Jesus took to gain salvation for us. If you ask someone which week is the most important week of the year for the Christian, this is it. Some would say that it is Christmas. Christmas is just the beginning. Gospel writer John says that “the word became flesh and dwelt amongst us.” We celebrate Jesus’ incarnation, God in the flesh with us, but the culmination of our faith, the grand celebration, is Holy Week. It’s  Jesus’ triumphal entry into the streets of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and we claim this as Jesus’ institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday, Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday, at the 3:00 hour, (stop for a moment to pray on Friday, April 3 to remember our Lord Jesus’  death on the cross), and it is Easter, celebrating Jesus’ triumph over sin, death, and the grave, Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb, (and so we proclaim “Hallelujah! Jesus lives! No more let sin and sorrow grow.”). Last year we added a remembrance of the Passover meal on Holy Wednesday, the actual meal that Jesus shared with his disciples, in a very special Seder worship service around the tables in the Fellowship Hall. This year we are asking for volunteers to make contributions for the specific foods of the Passover. Please make your reservation for the meal at the Welcome Center or in the office.

I encourage you to make use of the services of Holy Week, each of them, all of them. It is an important part of our Christian spiritual journey. And bring a friend to worship with you. Bring a guest family. As spring peaks its head around the corner and we experience warmer weather, many families will be firing up the barbecue for the first time and kids will be playing out in the streets. I was with my son and family recently. The weather was warm, and the whole neighborhood was out. I was amazed at how many people stopped by to chat. The gospels record that followers found the tomb of Jesus empty; they were greeted with good news that Jesus was raised. The coldness of Good Friday was over. The sun broke through on Easter morning. They could hardly wait to tell everyone that they met. It was the climax, the culmination of Holy Week. Things were now complete. Salvation had been won for us. Celebrate Holy Week as a family. Bring your friends.

Pastor Randy

Help Needed During Holy Week

We need for volunteers for serving Holy Communion, ushering, reading lessons, and greeting at each of the worship services. Sign up on the volunteer board in the Narthex or call the office – (507) 634-7110.

Seder Meal 2015

Join us for a traditional Jewish Seder meal and worship service Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm. We need to plan, so let us know if you’re coming and if you can help by bringing an item. See the below for descriptions of what is needed.

What is a Seder? Click here for more information.

Ready to sign up? RSVP and (if desired) sign up to bring at item or sign up in the office or at the Welcome Center.

Seder Meal Needs

If you’re coming to the Seder Meal & Worship on Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm, you can help by bringing one of the following!

  • Matzos – Small crackers or unleavened bread.
    Need: 4 families to bring 100 pieces each
  • Bitter Herbs – romaine lettuce leaves
    Need: 3 families to bring 50-75 leaves each
  • Grape Juice – red grape juice, frozen concentrate
    Need: 2 families to bring 3 large cans (or 9 small cans) each
  • Charoset – 8 cups finely chopped apples, 4 cups finely chopped almonds or walnuts, 8 teaspoons of cinnamon, a little orange juice to help mix items together
    Need: 2 families to bring one batch each
  • Beitzah – hard boiled eggs
    Need: 3 families to bring 50 each
  • Karpas – parsley
    Need: 2 families to bring 75 each