Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (preceded by supper at 5:30)
7:March“When Jesus Calmed the Storm” – Jim Dunn will reflect on Mark 4:35-41 when Jesus wakes up in the boat and calms the storm Questions for reflection: Do I have faith in Jesus to calm the storms in my life? How do I bring the calm of knowing Christ to the storms in someone else’s life?
14:March“When Jesus Healed the Sick” – Martha Rapp will reflect on Mark 6:53-56 when “even those who touch the fringe of Jesus’ garment are healed.” Questions for reflection: Does Jesus still heal today? How does Jesus’ healing come through me?
21:March“When Jesus Took the Cup” – Pastor Jim Trutwin will reflect on Mark 14:17-39, the Last Supper and Garden of Gethsemane. Questions for reflection: How is the cup of the new covenant – the cup of salvation – related to the cup of suffering Jesus drank? What does it mean to drink the cup? How does my own suffering unite me with Christ?
Palm Sunday, March 25, 9:30 a.m.: Our service begins in the Fellowship Hall as we process with palms into the Sanctuary. Our choir has a brand new anthem, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” and the Passion according to Mark will be read.
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m.: A traditional service including individual absolution with the laying on of hands, a foot washing ritual, congregation communing one another, stripping of the altar as Psalm 22 is chanted, and departing in silence.
Maundy Thursday to Good Friday Prayer Vigil in our New Chapel: Something new this year. From the close of Maundy Thursday worship to the opening of Good Friday worship, we are inviting people to sign up for 30-minute slots in a 23-hour prayer vigil in our new Resurrection Chapel. Various guided prayer materials will be provided for those who wish to use them. This is a time to walk meditatively with Christ “In His Steps” through his suffering and death, and to pray for self, others and the world. Sign-up sheets will be posted in the narthex. You are welcome to take more than one slot if you wish to stay longer.
Good Friday, March 30, 7 p.m.: Several ancient Good Friday traditions are incorporated in this solemn Tenebrae service, which features the gradual extinguishing of candles after each of seven readings from the Passion according to John. Tenebrae is a Latin word that means “darkness” or “shadows.” A rugged cross will be carried into the sanctuary and the service will close with veneration of the cross.
Easter Sunday, April 1, 9:30 a.m.: We will unpack the Alleluia and participate in a joyful celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection, followed by Easter Brunch to benefit our missionary sponsorship endeavor.