Palm Sunday — March 24, 10:00am
On Palm Sunday, we see Jesus entering into Jerusalem triumphantly with great crowds of people calling out and praising him. They even went as far as to lay down their clothes and palm branches in his path as a sign of adoration, respect, and reverence. On this day, we sing Hosannas to our King who willingly entered into Jerusalem knowing what was waiting for him at the end of the week.
On this Sunday, we will have a procession of palms at the beginning of the service. All members of the congregation are invited to gather in the basement before church begins where they will be given palm fronds. At the beginning of the service, they will walk into church and lay their palm before their Savior at the front of the sanctuary. The children of the congregation will lead the processional. If you wish to participate, please meet in the basement at 9:45am.
Maundy Thursday — March 28, 7:00pm
On Maundy (originally from the Latin word for “command”) Thursday, we recall the command that the Lord gave his disciples—to love one another. We also think about how he commanded his disciples to eat his body under the bread and drink his blood with the wine. We heed his invitation to remember what he accomplished through his life and death and receive the forgiveness of our sins through the Sacrament of the Altar.
Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of a service that extends over three days, focusing on the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. Holy Communion will be offered at this service.
Good Friday — March 29
Two different Good Friday services are planned. The first, beginning at 5pm, focuses on the seven words Jesus spoke from the cross.
At 7pm, a Service of Darkness (Tenebrae) will allow worshippers an opportunity for quiet reflection on Jesus’ suffering and death for sinners. This service is intended to dramatize the suffering, death, and burial of the Lord Jesus.
- We will join in the shouts of the crowds, reminding us that we are equally responsible for Jesus’ death because of our sin.
- We will hear the sound of a hammer, reminding us of the nails being driven into the hands and feet of the Lord Jesus.
- We will hear the sound of a tomb closing, to remind us that the God-Man Jesus was buried.
- We will see the Christ candle return to remind us that though Jesus died, he lived.
In between the two services, there will be a light supper provided.
Easter Sunday — March 31
Easter Sunday we will have a devotional breakfast starting at 7:30am. Pastor Schlicht will offer a short devotion on the resurrection of our Lord before we join in a fellowship meal.
Following the devotional breakfast, we will have Easter worship at 9am to celebrate our Risen Lord who defeated sin, death, and the devil.