It is often hard to remember what we did last week, much less last month. So, why would the Church want to remember and even celebrate what happened almost 2000 years ago? Some see the week leading to Easter as a very reverent time. Others look to the week of Easter and see it as just a bloody messy and a real train wreck for Jesus and His followers.
What about you? What do you do during the days, hours and minutes leading to our great Easter Sunday? What do you think about the events of Jesus’ last week?
For almost 2000 years, the followers of Jesus have walked the final week of Jesus over again. The technical term is called, “Holy Week.” We fully engage, actively remember and recall past events. Holy Week includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
On Palm Sunday, the congregation participates as part of the initial procession, recalling Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (complete with waving palm branches and processing from the Fellowship Hall to the Sanctuary together). We recall how the crowds shouted “Hosanna” (save us) and “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
On Maundy Thursday, we celebrate Holy Communion, participate in a reenactment of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and conclude with the stripping of the altar. The stripping of the altar that takes place at the end of the service gives a visual representation of what the world would be without Christ.
On Good Friday, we enter the darkness of Christ’s death and burial in order to share in the joy of His resurrection. We remember, here, that Jesus suffered the crucifixion and condemnation for our sin and shame.
We end Holy Week and roll into Easter Sunday, where we particularly emphasize and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and His victory over sin and death.
Some people call Holy Week the worst week in history. Others call Holy Week the greatest week in history.
Come out and decide for yourself. Come out to our CHS Holy Week services and walk this road of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Engage with the living Jesus, enter into remembering His final hours. Be changed into His likeness.
We invite you to join us for these services.
Easter means so much more when you have walked the week made holy by Jesus.
Our services for Holy Week 2019, April 14 – 21, 2019:
- Palm Sunday: Sunday April 14, 2019 (8:30 and 11 AM services)
- Maundy Thursday: April 18, 2019 (7 PM service, Childcare for Infants – Kindergarten)
- Good Friday: April 19, 2019 (7 PM service, Childcare for Infants – Kindergarten)
- Easter Sunday: April 21, 2019 (8:30 and 11 AM services, No Sunday School)