Palm Sunday Worship Services
Sunday, April 14th at 9am and 10:30am
We will celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem by waving palm branches and shouting "Hosanna!" at both worship services.
The 9am service will begin in the Sanctuary; the 10:30am service will begin outside.
At 10:25am, before the second service, we will gather outside near the gazebo and wave palm branches, celebrating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our procession will be led by Jesus’ live donkeys (Frannie and Sophia) and we will enter the church with joy and celebration. Special music during the Traditional Service will be provided by the Choir.
The Passover Seder Meal
Thursday, April 18th at 6pm
Please join us for a potluck dinner and Passover Seder. For potluck dishes, please bring chicken-based dishes, along with salads, sides, etc. Please do not bring any pork dishes in recognition of Passover traditions.
The Passover Seder will be led by our Messianic Rabbi, Richard Smith. Passover is the great Jewish feast of redemption and liberation, and the memorial of the Israelites’ deliverance from bondage in Egypt. This is the festival that brought Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his death, and the Passover Meal was the meal that was shared by Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 19th at 7pm
“Tenebrae” is the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of Jesus’ final week, beginning with the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial.
This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise may also sound symbolizing the closing of Jesus' tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the coming Resurrection.