Holy Week is the week of contemplation that follows Jesus from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the Last Supper, his arrest, and his death. Holy Week leads to a joyful, festive celebration of Easter, the resurrection of Jesus.

Palm Sunday (Sunday, April 14, 10:00 am) begins with a joyful palm-waving procession and culminates in the reading of the Passion story. Though we gather in joyful noise, we depart in silence, honoring the solemnity of the coming days.

Maundy Thursday (Thursday, April 18, 6:30 pm) tells the story of Jesus’s last supper with his disciples and recalls Jesus’s new commandment that his followers should love one another as he loved them. This year, we will observe Maundy Thursday with dinner church — a service embedded within a shared meal. As part of the service, we will wash one another’s feet (optional!) and share communion around our dinner tables. The meal is potluck, so please bring a soup, salad, or dessert to share.

We observe Good Friday (Friday, April 19, 7:30 pm) with a tenebrae service, slowly extinguishing candles as we read the story of Jesus’ arrest and death. As we sing hymns, listen to the solemn reproaches from the cross, and respond to the ancient Good Friday bidding prayer, we enter deeply into prayer and contemplation as the shadows grow around us.

Easter (Sunday, April 21, 10:00 am) celebrates the resurrection of Jesus! With beautiful music and festive worship, we give thanks for God’s gifts of forgiveness and new life. The service is followed by a coffee hour with Easter brunch.