In one sense, there’s nothing special about “Holy Week.” Really, it is just another eight days each spring and there is nothing intrinsically holy about Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday.
We have no mandate from Jesus or His apostles to mark these days for particular observance. As a pastor, I like to remind myself (and my church folk) that celebrating Holy Week is not an obligation but it is an opportunity. It is a chance to walk with Jesus and His followers through such an important week in the history of the church and the world. What I love about Holy Week is that we have a chance to focus our minds and our hearts on all that Jesus did for us.
And while Holy Week is not mandatory for us, the Gospel writers do spend quite a bit of time covering the events of that last week of Jesus’ life. The final eight of Matthew’s 28 chapters are given to this one week, along with the last six of Mark’s 16 and the final six of Luke’s 24. Most significant, though, is John. Ten of the Gospel’s 21 chapters deal with the final week of Jesus’ life: His betrayal, His trials, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. Even the Book of Acts, which narrates the life of the early church, returns to the events of Holy Week many times.
Without any arm-twisting or conscience-pressing, I would encourage you to consider how you might make the most of this week. In the chaos of our increasingly fast-paced and hectic lives, Holy Week is a reminder to pause and ponder, to carefully mark each day and not let this greatest of all weeks fly by us like every other.
Below, you will find a schedule of what services and opportunities we are offering throughout the week. I pray that you will know the love of Christ, in all its breadth and length and height and depth.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office!
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Join us for palm branches as we begin our Holy Week worship experiences.
THURSDAY, APRIL 10:00 AM-8:00 PM; FRIDAY, 12:00 PM-7:00 PM
At any point during your day come pray the labyrinth. You will be provided a prayer booklet to guide you as you reflect on the struggle of Christ during the final days of his life. As you exit, you will be given a moment to share in holy communion and an opportunity for foot washing by the church staff. There is nothing so humbling or vulnerable as allowing someone to wash your feet just as Christ washed the feet of his disciples. It is a gift of love. Take time to restore your soul on Maundy Thursday and on Friday.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
Our Chancel Choir and Rev. Rusty Young will lead us in a time of word and song, reflecting on the last moments in the life of Christ. With readings and prayers in the style of a Tenebrae service, this service will help you experience The Resurrection with fresh eyes through the darkened shadows of the cross.
SATURDAY: April 20: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Don’t miss Eggstravaganza as our FUMCMC Children’s Ministries sponsors a fun-filled afternoon with carnival games, dunking booth, face painting, bounce houses and an Easter Egg Hunt (by age) with over 3000 eggs! And, of course, there will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! Bring your family and friends for this free community event!
SUNRISE SERVICE: 6:30 AM
Taking place outdoors in our Prayer Path, this sunrise service ushers in Easter Sunday in an meaningful way. Worship will be led by our youth and the Director of Youth Ministries, Kemble Witt. Rev Rusty Young will preach.
CHAPEL: 8:00 AM
Worshipping in the Chapel of the Resurrection, our Easter morning service will stir your heart. This service will feature an ensemble, brass and organ. Rev. Marty Vershel will preach.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:15 AM
We have many opportunities for growing in your faith. For those who may not have a regular Sunday school class, we invite you to attend a special class led by Discipleship Director, Dr. Richard Burnham. It will take place in the choir room.
OPEN SKIES – 10:30 AM
Offering contemporary worship, this energetic and powerful service takes place in our Fellowship Hall. We will celebrate the risen Christ led by our praise band and worship leader Kemble Witt. Rev. Marty Vershel will preach. This service runs concurrent with our traditional service in the Sanctuary.
SANCTUARY – 10:30 AM
Led by our Chancel Choir, with brass and the pipe organ, this worship service is our largest on Easter Sunday. Rev. Marty Vershel will preach. This service runs concurrent with our Open Skies contemporary worship service.