Looking Ahead to Holy Week

Looking Ahead to Holy Week

Ok, the weather feels like Easter’s already here. But we’re only half way through Lent (keep up your preparational disciplines). But plans have to be made!

Sunday, April 1 is Palm Sunday. Who could you invite to join us to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem?

Then Holy Week and Easter…

We are asking for some help making the Cascarones this year. Michael has invited the Youth Group to get us started — emptying the eggs and washing the shells and then dying them on Saturday, March 31. The time is still to be set, but we are looking late afternoon or early evening. (New youth are always welcome at our gatherings.)

We’re going to then organize a second group on Tuesday afternoon, April 3 to help us finish the Cascarones — filling them with confetti and sealing them with tissue paper.

Maundy Thursday (April 5) will be different or the same again this year. We are going to go back to an earlier Old First tradition– worshiping in the Social Hall over a meal of middle eastern foods. We will remember when Jesus gathered with his disciples on the Night that before he was betrayed. We’ll enjoy Middle Eastern fare of hummus, baba ghanouj & pita. (If you can help with set-up or clean-up, please speak to Suzanne Cole.) And this is a great service to invite friends to– especially people who might not have a faith community in which to remember the events of Holy Week.

Good Friday (April 6) Old First will again have 2 services:

  • A Vigil 12 noon to 3 p.m., the traditional time when the crucifixon is to have occurred, we will gather in the sanctuary to read the passion narratives and reflect on the meaning of this holy mystery and suffering. It’s an informal service — a few Christians gathering to remember, watch and pray. Some people come for the whole vigil. Others come for just a few minutes, read a portion of the holy story and leave quietly.
  • Good Friday Service, beginning at 7 p.m., will again be the 7 Last Words of Jesus. Members of our community will offer reflections and musical gifts. If you want to do a reflection, please let Michael know if you want to lead us in a reflection. If you want to offer music, please let Julie know.

Easter Morning (April 8 )

  • Early Morning Service at 8 am. Gather first at Old First and then we will walk to the end of Race Street Pier, like the women going to Jesus’ tomb early that first Easter morning. Once at the pier, we will offer the first worship on Resurrection morning.
  • Join us for a simple potluck breakfast back at church after the early morning service.
  • Easter Festival Worship with brass will begin at 11 a.m. with “Christ the Lord Has Risen Today,” and will end with the choir’s annual rendition of “The Hallelulah Chorus.” Afterwards, we will head to the first fellowship hour of this year in the courtyard, where we will celebrate with Cascarones and the children’s Easter Egg Hunt…

What joy church can add to our lives, especially at Easter. Can you think of someone to invite, and add such joy to their lives?