Lent and Easter Services

2015 Lenten and Easter Services

Welcome To The Lenten Season

While many associate Lent with “giving up” something like sweets, the primary focus of these days is to offer a time to renew our commitment to follow Jesus. The traditional disciplines of Lent – fasting, prayer, service – are not to make us better people. God makes us saints, holy! That is the gift of the cross of Christ. Lent is a time to grow in faith and to prepare ourselves – individually and as a church – for the celebration of the paschal mystery in the Great Three Days.

ASH WEDNESDAY – February 18

Word and Sacrament – 2 p.m. in the Founder’s Room

7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

This day is an invitation to make each day a new beginning, flooded with God’s forgiveness. Lent begins with a call to repentance. Confession concludes with the optional sign of ashes, to remind us of our human mortality and frailty.

SUNDAYS in LENT

8:45 a.m. Traditional Worship with Holy Communion

10:00 a.m. Sunday School / Fellowship Hour

11:15 a.m. Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion

The following lessons, the focus of our Sunday worship, may be read at home in the discipline of Lenten devotions and prayer.

Sundays in Lent

February 22

Genesis 9:8–17

1 Peter 3:18–22

Mark 1:9–15

March 1

Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16

Romans 4:13–25

Mark 8:31–38

March 8

Exodus 20:1–17

1 Corinthians 1:18–25

John 2:13–22

March 15

Numbers 21:4–9

Ephesians 2:1–10

John 3:14–21

March 22

Jeremiah 31:31–34

Hebrews 5:5–10

John 12:20–33

Midweek Lenten Worship

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

For five Wednesday during Lent we will gather as a community of faith for a simple shared meal of bread and soup and for a half hour worship service.

The theme of the worship services will be “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Wednesdays in Lent

February 25 Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name.

Isaiah 57:14-21 Psalm 99

March 4 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Mark 12:28-34 Psalm 84

March 11 Give us this day our daily bread

Exodus 16:3-21 Psalm 23

March 18 And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Matthew 18:21-35 Psalm 32

March 25 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 4:1-11 Psalm 16

HOLY WEEK

PALM SUNDAY/THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION

March 29

Worship at 8:45 & 11:15 a.m.

The procession with palms takes us back to Jerusalem on that day of seeming triumph. However, by the time worship ends we will have also experienced the deep sadness of Jesus’ passion and death. The liturgies include the procession of palms, a dramatic reading of the Passion of our Lord according to Matthew, Holy Communion, and special music.

THE GREAT THREE DAYS

MAUNDY THURSDAY – April 2

Worship at 2 p.m. (Founders’ Room) & 7:30 p.m. (Sanctuary)

The Holy Thursday liturgy focuses on three actions: Confession of sins and announcement of forgiveness brings to a conclusion the Lenten journey that began on Ash Wednesday. Second, we obey Jesus’ command to wash each other’s feet. Third, we celebrate the meal of our deliverance, taking our place at the supper Jesus shared with his disciples.

GOOD FRIDAY – April 3

On this day, the church remembers the death of our Lord on the cross, but more than that we look to the cross as the sign and reality of God’s triumph over sin and death.

9:00-12:00 Good Friday Vacation Bible School for children – Registration forms and more information will be available soon!

2:00 Stations of the Cross – We walk the way of the cross with Jesus, marking the events leading to his death. The service concludes with the reading of the final portions of the Passion. A large cross is present in the chancel as a focal point for our prayer and devotion.

7:30 Tenebrae – Through the extinguishing of candles and deepening darkness, we hear the Suffering Servant song of Isaiah and the Passion according to John, the traditional readings of the church on Good Friday. John witnesses to the culmination of Jesus’ ministry: God’s glory in the cross.

THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD

VIGIL OF EASTER at EMMANUEL—April 4

At 7:00 in the evening, we gather around the “new fire” of the resurrection. We join Christians from our communities and wait in expectation for the announcement: “The Lord is risen” The Easter Vigil is an ancient and powerful celebration of the new life that springs from Jesus’ empty tomb. Waiting in a darkened church we hear the salvation story, from the creation, through the Exodus and the prophets, ending with the word of resurrection joy.

Bring bells to ring at the alleluias in worship during the Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday.

EASTER MORNING SERVICES – April 5

On this day, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. Filled with hope, we go forth to share the news that Christ is risen!

8:45 Traditional Easter Worship will begin with the procession of the new light of Easter. Candles throughout the church will be lighted as we celebrate the light of Christ risen from the grave and shining in our lives once again.

EASTER BREAKFAST will be served in Kask Hall following the 8:45 liturgy. Watch for your opportunity to sign up for breakfast food preparation and to reserve a place at the table.

11:15 Contemporary Easter worship will follow the mode of the services that have become so much a part of Emmanuel’s weekly experience. Holy Communion will be celebrated with distribution by intinction. Our ensembles will present special music.