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Holy Week Gatherings and Services – Palm Sunday to Easter (April 14 to 21, 2019)
On Palm/Passion Sunday we will focus on the Passion Story of Jesus, beginning with a gathering in the Narthex for the Traditional Procession of Palms. Following a Meditation “Fit for a King” by Pastor Scott Anderson, we will experience a “reader’s theatre” style recitation of the passion story of Jesus during worship, with the whole congregation participating in the reading. We are looking for several individual readers as well, including Jesus, some of his disciples, Pilate and a few others. There is nothing to memorize. If you are interested, email Scott at email@example.com We will have one rehearsal at 8:30 AM prior to worship on Palm Sunday.
Maundy Thursday Traditional Seder Meal & Communion in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM
This year on Maundy Thursday we will celebrate a traditional Jewish Seder meal and rituals associated with the Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples. For Jews, this Passover meal commemorates the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. We will learn about the traditional foods of this feast and the meanings behind them, and sing an ancient song of deliverance sung in the manner the Israelites did. After the meal we will take the bread and drink of the cup of Holy Communion in the way that Jesus and his disciples celebrated it at the conclusion of the Passover meal.
In addition to the symbolic foods of the Seder, we will enjoy a dinner comprised of traditional Jewish foods. This is an informal, highly interactive and participatory service - children and guests are welcome!
A free will offering will be received to help cover the cost of food. Advance reservations requested by April 14 (Palm Sunday). A sign-up sheet is available in the Narthex. You may also RSVP online by CLICKING HERE.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service – 7 PM at Westminster
On Good Friday, Covenant and Westminster Presbyterian Choirs will come together to present Michael John Trotta's "Seven Last Words". This Tenebrae service will feature both choirs, as well as a small ensemble including flute, oboe, French horn, harp, and organ.
Michael Trotta (b. 1978) is an American composer and conductor with a background in music education and church music ministry. Fueled by a passion to share new music that engages conductors, ensembles, and audiences alike, he is fast becoming one of the most “exciting and prominent new composers of choral music.”
"Tenebrae" is a Latin word meaning "shadows." It is the name given to a service that dates back to 8th Century Rome in which the death of Jesus Christ is commemorated. In the Tenebrae service, we will read the account of the seven last words spoken by Christ from the cross. After each reading, a candle is extinguished. As the light diminishes and the shadows lengthen, the symbolism points clearly to the physical and spiritual darkness and despair that accompanied the passion of our Lord.
Please plan to join us for this choral worship experience on April 19, and invite a friend to join you at Westminster.
Easter Sunday He is Risen – He is Risen Indeed
We celebrate the Risen Christ with a Communion service of song and praise. Pastor Scott will pose and preach on the question “Who is Easter for?” The children’s Easter egg hunt takes place after worship, followed by our annual Easter Breakfast! This year we are offering a catered breakfast including eggs, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, and coffee cake for only $7/person. Join us in the Fellowship Hall after the Easter service for food and fellowship. No reservations are required.
Life Lessons from Paul : God Still Speaks
Wednesday afternoon Bible study group led by Rev. Dr. Jessica Salt meets from 12:30 - 2 PM, starting January 30th. This Spring we will discuss Life Lessons from Paul, a study of Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians. We will be exploring the following themes: the essence of being a Christian, you are God’s masterpiece, and finding joy.