Saturday, April 13 5:17 p.m. Contemporary
Sunday, April 14 8:15 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. Traditional, 10:45 a.m. Contemporary
On Palm/Passion Weekend we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Much like the crowds that gathered in Jerusalem that day, come celebrate as we wave Palm branches in the air and shout Hosanna! Praise! to our King.
While this day often transitions into the events of Holy Week as the shouts of “Hosanna!” turn into shouts of “Crucify Him!” we have kept it celebratory in nature. Our hope and prayer is that you will continue to make worship a priority this week as each service holds a depth of meaning and brings a greater understanding to this sacred time of year.
Thursday, April 18 5:30 p.m. Traditional, 7:00 p.m. Contemporary
On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples where He broke bread and blessed the wine, symbolizing His body and blood and the sacrifice He would make to take away the sin of the world. As part of our service we celebrate with those receiving their first communion and continue the choral tradition of acting out the final meal that Jesus had with his disciples before His journey to the cross.
Friday, April 19 6:15 p.m. Service
In order to understand the joy and victory of Easter, we have to experience the depth of Good Friday. Tonight we reflect on the betrayal, suffering and death of Jesus and come to understand that it is our sin that has placed Him on the cross. Through moving choral pieces and visual elements we are reminded of the extent that Jesus would go out of love for us. As Jesus is placed in the tomb, there is nothing left to do but wait…
Easter (NOTE the NEW Worship times on Easter Morning)
Saturday, April 20 5:17 p.m. Contemporary
Sunday, April 21 7:30 & 9:00 a.m. Traditional, 10:30 a.m. Contemporary
The tomb is empty, the stone has been rolled away, people of God, Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Today we celebrate the victory of Jesus over the power of sin and death. We lift our voices and hearts and praise the One whose life gave us life.
Traditionally we have held Easter worship at 5:17 p.m. on the Saturday evening and every hour on Easter Morning from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. One of the consistent messages that we have heard from members and visitors is that worship feels rushed, approximately 30-35 minutes due to allotting for parking lot transition time. In an effort to create a more worshipful experience, we have created a new worship schedule for Easter Morning – 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. While we are going from four services to three on Easter morning, we have adjusted our schedule to have two services in the prime worship time. This also creates space for additional music, the celebration of Holy Communion at every worship hour and allotting more time for the Easter message. This timeline also helps with parking lot transitions. While we are anticipating large crowds, we are seeking to focus energies on usher training and taking measures to ensure that those in any overflow will also have a worshipful experience.