We invite you to join us for the beautiful, moving, and dramatic journey through Holy Week to Easter Sunday. Holy Week is the last week before Easter, when we follow Jesus’ journey through the last days of his life.
Palm Sunday, March 25, begins St. John’s observance of Holy Week. We gather for worship at 10:00 am. Our service begins with a procession as we wave palms, remembering Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Soon the service turns somber as we remember what came next. We share communion, remembering the tenderness of the Last Supper. We hear a dramatic reading of Jesus’ passion, his arrest and death. The service ends with the stripping of the altar (removing decorative items and symbols from the worship space), as though Jesus’ body is being prepared for burial.
On Maundy Thursday, March 29, we welcome our siblings in Christ from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and St. Thomas More Parish for a combined service. At 6:00, we share a simple potluck meal of soup and bread together. At 7:15, our service begins. This special narrative liturgy guides us through the last night of Jesus’ life, from washing the disciples’ feet to the Last Supper.
Good Friday, March 30, commemorates the day Jesus died. We gather for worship at 7:30 for our quiet and reflective Tenebrae service. The word tenebrae means darkness in Latin, and during the service, we slowly extinguish seven candles. Music, poetry, and sacred scripture reflect on Jesus’ arrest, passion, and crucifixion.
Easter Sunday, April 1, celebrates Jesus’ resurrection! Our service at 10:00 tells the story of God’s love for the world and proclaims the resurrection through scripture and music. We will also dedicate a new paschal candle as part of the service in keeping with ancient church tradition. The service will be followed by a delicious Easter brunch.