Church of the Good Shepherd, UCC 

LENT & HOLY WEEK SERVICES

"Come, let us prepare for a deeper connection with God and  our neighbors as we journey through this time of renewal and hope." 

The Lenten Season Begins -  Ash Wednesday

Worship with Us - March 2, 2022 - 5:00 PM 

 

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day (plus Sundays) season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, we mark our foreheads with a cross made of ashes.

 

This mark is rich with significance.  The cross is a sign of our faith that God can transform even the most terrible and final ending into a glorious new beginning.  Indeed no power on earth can stop God’s boundless love for us.  Placing ashes on the head was a Biblical practice that demonstrated grief and repentance—the desire and intention to turn in a new direction.

 

With these ashes, we mourn the wounds of the world and acknowledge our commitment to Jesus’ Way of radical love and reconciling justice.  We recognize our mistakes and failures so we can be free to move in a new direction.  Because they are the dusty remains of palm branches, these ashes also remind us of our mortality and our connection to the whole cycle of creation.

 

Our Lenten journey culminates in the events we celebrate during Holy Week. We warmly invite you to come on a journey that leads not only to a cross but also to an empty tomb and the wonder and joy of resurrection. Your experience of Easter will be so much fuller and richer when you participate in all the worship opportunities of Holy Week.

Holy Week Begins - Palm Sunday 

Worship with Us, April 10, 2022 -10:30 AM

 

Holy Week begins with a joyous, festive, and somewhat disorderly procession into Jerusalem. Instead of a red carpet welcome, people throw their own cloaks and hastily cut palm branches into the streets to show their support of the man riding on the donkey. They shout “Hosanna!” to express their eager hope that Jesus will save them from their Roman oppressors. The excitement of the crowd is palpable and dangerous: Jesus is publicly challenging the legitimacy of Roman rule. When he confronts the corrupt practices of the temple money changers, he only further increases the threat he poses to those in power. It won’t be long before they decide he must be silenced.

 

Join us on April 10th as we follow the One whose humble Way of extravagant hospitality, reconciling justice, and healing peace threaten to overturn the powers of violence and oppression. Like the first century crowds, we’ll wave our palm branches, raise our voices in glad shouts of blessing, and sing joyful songs of praise. Throwing your coat/cloak on the ground is optional.

 

We take time to consider our point of view on this subversive spectacle and the message it proclaims, as well as the events that follow.  We discover anew the surprising gifts to be found amidst the struggle and pain of this Holy Week.  And we’ll remember why we have hope even when all seems lost.

Good Friday Worship Service

April 15, 2022 - 12:00 NOON

 

This day we remember how God’s love, made flesh in Jesus, endured the pain and violence of the crucifixion.

 

In our Good Friday service, we experientially connect with the Way of the Cross.  It is an interactive, contemplative worship service that prepares us to appreciate the gift of the empty tomb.  We witness Jesus’ rejection, suffering, and death with sorrow and hope, knowing God will transform them into the joy and wonder of resurrection on Easter morning.

 

We come together in prayer and the reading of scripture as we remember the story of Jesus' death. The altar table is bare except for seven candles spaced out evenly on the table. After each scripture reading, music plays, and one candle is extinguished until the final candle in the center remains lit. When the speaker says, “Jesus is dead. It is finished.” The center candle which represents Christ is extinguished and we depart in silence. 

Easter Sunday

April 17, 2022- 10:30 AM

 

After the unthinkable happened, after their teacher and leader had been arrested and brutally executed, after betrayal and fear made so many run away to hide, when it seemed as though all was lost, some women get up at dawn on the first day of the week. They decide to go and see Jesus’ tomb, perhaps to mourn, perhaps to wash and anoint his broken body in an effort to give him the respect and compassion so absent that horrible Friday afternoon.

 

When they arrive, they are greeted with a startling discovery:  an angelic visitor is sitting on top of the stone that is supposed to be blocking the entrance of the now open tomb. This visitor has a message for the women to hear and share: the tomb is empty because Jesus who was crucified has been raised as he said, and you will get to see him in Galilee.

 

Christ is Risen

 

On Easter Sunday, we encounter the shock, amazement, confusion, fear, and awe of that first Easter morning. What does it mean that God’s love can bring forth life in a world filled with violence and death? What does it mean that when everything seems over, dead, and buried, hope can spring up? How do we respond when the heavy stones that obstruct our path are rolled away? What do we do and what do we do differently in the light of Christ’s resurrection? Just what does God’s life-giving, grave-shattering Spirit make possible in our world today?

Come and see!

 

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