Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter

The Living Cross at Easter

Holy Week

Palm Sunday, March 25 at 10 am

Our palm procession will begin outside as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and remember the events of his ministry there – leading us to the edge of shadow.

Maundy Thursday Service, March 29 at 7 pm

Service of scripture and candlelight marking Jesus‘ final night on earth, the Passover supper with his disciples, and the institution of Communion for the first time, ending with betrayal in the garden.

Good Friday, April 14

Joint Worship Service: Noon

Joint Good Friday service with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church here at First Church. Through scripture, hymns, and voices who speak to us from the story of that last day, we will prayerfully focus on the meaning of the sacrifice of Jesus for us and for the world. This is a beautiful meditative service as we continue to walk in Jesus ‘ footsteps toward resurrection!

Vigil:  1-3 pm

Vigil hours in the Sanctuary in which we will watch and wait with Christ on the cross, accompanying him through the hours in silence with prayer. Devotional resources will be available for quiet meditation.

Holy Saturday, March 31 at 7 pm

All are invited to experience this most ancient Christian service made new in the annual ecumenical Easter Vigil Service led jointly between First Church and St. Andrew’s Church, as well as three other area churches.  Held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Easter Sunday, April 1

Hallelujah! Jesus is Risen!

Sunrise Service:  6:30 am
Welcome Easter with a “Come as you are” service in front of the church steps along Longmeadow Street.

Easter Service: 10 am
Family-friendly Service with special children’s message and childcare for children under 5; choir and trumpet. Joyous celebration of the Resurrection!