The 40 day Season of Lent begins with ASH WEDNESDAY
Wednesday - March 6, 2019 - Services at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday brings us into the season of Lent, as we gather for the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.
The mood for this service is one of penitence and reflection upon the quality of one’s faith and life. The ashes used in this service are a powerful symbol of our mortality, and our total dependence upon God. But ashes also suggest renewal as in the ancient custom of burning fields in the spring to destroy the old and prepare the new.
At Advent, we collect the saved palm branches from last Palm Sunday to be burned and used for this year’s ashes.
7:00 p.m. Wednesday Evenings
Holden Evening Prayer is used for Lenten midweek Services
The confirmation students provide a Soup Supper before the services.
8:30 & 10am Worship Services
The story of the Passion told in scripture and songs by the Chancel Choir
Morning Eucharist: This is a brief worship service that is held each morning during Holy Week. It includes prayer, a homily by members of the Bishop's staff, and Holy Communion. It is designed to provide a center for each day in Holy Week.
Mon. 6:30 a.m. Morning Eucharist
Tues. 6:30 a.m. Morning Eucharist
Wed. 6:30 a.m. Morning Eucharist
THE TRIDUUM (The Three Days)
This evening service honors the New Commandment to "love one another." Prior to the service we have a congregational dinner. During the service we hear the words of Jesus as he sat at the Last Supper. We also share in the practice of washing feet, just as Jesus did for his disciples. At the end of the service, the altar is stripped symbolizing the arrest and trial of Jesus by the Temple Leaders.
6:30 a.m. Morning Eucharist
6:30 p.m. Congregation Potato Bake
7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service of Holy Communion with Chancel Choir
(Foot and Hand-washing and Stripping of the Altar)
GOOD FRIDAY (The sanctuary will be open all day for prayers)
Traditionally we have had three services on this day. We begin with Morning Prayer, at noon we have a brief service, Prayers in the Garden, remembering Jesus on the cross. In the evening we commemorate his Passion once more with John's Gospel, the book is slammed shut, signifying the closing of the tomb, and then we offer our 30 pieces of silver as we pray at the foot of the cross.
6:30 a.m. Early Morning Prayers
7:30 p.m. Service of Shadows with Chancel Bells - Offering of 30 Pieces of Silver
Tonight at 11:00p.m, we begin the Great Vigil of Easter. This is a service in four parts: light, lessons, Baptism, and Easter Communion. The Easter Communion begins at 12:01a.m. and is the official Easter Service. It is a powerful and moving service as we keep Vigil as did the first Christians, complete with drama, darkness, light and joy.
11:00 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter
EASTER - THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD
8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Festival Eucharist