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Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week this year will continue to be framed by our Lenten theme, “Seeking.” As we search for our place in the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we pray for new insights into where we might find a new life where we thought there might only be suffering and death. Thanks be to God!

April 2: Palm/Passion Sunday – “Where Are You Headed?” 

Beginning outside with palms and processing, we will then move into the sanctuary for the telling of the passion narrative and remember the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross in love and loyalty to God and all of humanity. This service contains many emotions from joy and elation at the procession of the Humble King, to the agony of his death in the crucifixion.

April 6: Maundy Thursday – “Will You Wash My Feet?”

We will start our evening at 6:00 pm with “Soup and Stories” – a potluck dinner of soup and homemade bread. Each family is invited to bring a pot of homemade soup from their family’s history. Then we will share a story related to the soup. Following our meal, we will begin our liturgy with foot-washing, followed by communion and the stripping of the altar. This is a wonderful interactive service remembering the last supper of Jesus and his disciples. 

April 7: Good Friday – “Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

7:00 pm – Our service of Tenebrae (Shadows) is a candlelight service remembering and reflecting on the last words of Christ through prayer, music, and silence. This moving service is deeply rooted in the tradition of the church, and is beautiful and moving.

April 7-8: Good Friday – 24-hour Prayer Vigil

Beginning at noon on Good Friday, and continuing until noon on Holy Saturday, we invite individuals to sign up to pray for an hour in our prayer chapel. It is a time to remember the world, pray for mercy and healing, and to find solace in our sanctuary. There is a deep sense of the sacred when one is praying in the dark and quiet of the middle of the night while we remember Christ’s death and burial. Details about signing up will be coming soon. 

April 9: Easter Sunday – “Who Are You Looking For?”

Sunrise Service – 6:30 am in Carkeek Park

Join us in the wee hours of the morning for a service of light and resurrection! We will welcome new members, celebrate holy baptism and communion, and rejoice and be glad. He is risen indeed! Contact Pastor Gretchen (pastor.gretchen@ourredeemers.net) to help make this service happen – we need many hands.

Festival Easter Worship – 9:00 am & 11:00 am at Our Redeemer’s

He is risen! Come and blow the trumpets, ring the bells, and spread the Good News! We worship with joy and thanksgiving at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Contact Karen Lee (karen@ourredeemers.net) to be part of the choir, handbells, or orchestra!

Easter Breakfast – 8:00 am – 10:00 am at Our Redeemer’s

Warm yourself after the sunrise service with a hearty breakfast at Our Redeemer’s! All are welcome, and proceeds benefit our trip to Confirmation Camp this summer. Volunteers are needed and welcome to help make this meal happen.

Easter Egg Hunt – 10:10 am at Our Redeemer’s

All children are invited to bring a basket and hunt for eggs on our front lawn (weather permitting).


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