Congregational Palm Parade
Palm Sunday, March 25, 10:30am
Join us as we gather with St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Shannon Miller Park. Our brief liturgy will be followed by a palm parade, returning to our sanctuary for the 11am service. Parents, there will be a shortened Children's Sunday School this day so that we can all participate in the Palm Liturgy and Parade. Members of the 2018 Pastors' Class will be baptized during the 11am Traditional Service.
Holy Communion Service
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7pm
Our Maundy Thursday service will provide a powerful worship setting in which members of the 2018 Pastors' Class will celebrate their first communion. Come share in the wonder of Christ's first Holy Communion and encounter the Bread and Cup in new and familiar ways!
Service of Darkness
Good Friday, March 30, 7pm
Tenebrae services have been observed since the fifth century. The Latin word, tenebrae, means “darkness.” Candles were gradually extinguished on Good Friday while the church was in total darkness on Holy Saturday. The Tenebrae Service was treated as a funeral service, a dirge, commemorating the death of Jesus Christ.
The twelve candles represent the twelve disciples. The extinguishing of the candles symbolizes the fading loyalty of the disciples and followers of Jesus. The gradual darkening of the church portrays the diminishing light of the world as Christ was departing from it.
Tenebrae is a service of darkness. There is no communion and no sermon. The readings follow the Passion Story in the Gospel of Mark. A candle is extinguished after each reading to show Jesus’ abandonment by the disciples and his followers. All of humanity shares in the responsibility for Jesus’ death on the cross.
Easter Prayer Vigil
Friday, March 30, 8pm through Sunday, April 1, 6am
Spending time with God in prayer nurtures a vital relationship and equips us to meet life’s challenges and struggles. The Elders of First Christian invite you to take part in one of the most important traditions we celebrate each year—our Annual Easter Prayer Vigil. As we remember the crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord this Easter season, we offer the significant opportunity for families and individuals to take part in our Easter Prayer Vigil. This is your opportunity to pray for our congregation and community during the hours leading up to Easter morning. Spend quiet moments with God in the peacefulness of our Chapel—come and pray.
Sunday, April 1, 8:15, 9 & 11am
Come worship with us at any of our three regular services. While here, you're invited to enjoy a special brunch with the church family in the Fellowship Hall. Brunch is served from 8:30am - 11am and is hosted by the Cornerstones Sunday School Class.
For more information about Holy Week events, contact Jennifer Humphrey by email or call 405-341-3544.