Mission Moments Notes- April 2014
Are you a fan of rollercoasters? Do you enjoy – or do you dread — the slow climbing, the building anticipation, the sudden hurtling downward, the twists and turns, the ups and downs? Either way, I want to invite you all to participate fully in “Rollercoaster Week” here at Hope, coming this month! Actually, this week is traditionally known as “Holy Week” – but there’s a definite spiritual rollercoaster ride going on in our hearts, as we travel with our Lord through all the events of his final week in Jerusalem. Take a ride with us, as we journey through the intense, powerful, history-changing events of Holy Week!
PALM SUNDAY, April 12 & 13
The children of the church will march down the aisle waving palm branches, as we recall Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We will joyfully sing “Hosanna!” and offer our praises; but, at the same time, we begin to prepare our hearts in this service for what is coming next in the story of Christ’s fateful final week.
MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 17 at 7:00PM
As Jesus gathered with his disciples for a Last Supper before he was crucified, so we gather around the Lord’s Table on this holy night. We will hear the story of Judas’ betrayal, and confess our own sins of unfaithfulness before sharing in the Sacrament of Communion. The service concludes with the solemn Stripping of the Altar, signifying how our Savior was stripped of his dignity and honor during his arrest, trial, and crucifixion.
GOOD FRIDAY, April 18 at 7:30PM
The Tenebrae Service of Darkness is one of the most moving and eloquent worship hours of the whole year. We hear the seven Words From The Cross that Jesus spoke, and we remember soberly the sufferings and torments of Calvary. The sanctuary is slowly darkened, as we commemorate the death of our Lord for our sins.
EASTER VIGIL, April 19 at 7:30PM
On Saturday evening, this ancient, traditional worship service provides a dramatic “bridge” between the pervasive gloom of Friday and the explosive joy of Easter Sunday. The service begins with the striking of a new fire outside, symbolizing the new life of the resurrected Christ in the tomb. Candles are slowly lit in the darkened church, then a series of exciting Bible stories of God’s deliverance are shared. A brief service of Baptismal renewal precedes a joyful, no-holds-barred celebration of Easter victory.
EASTER SUNDAY, April 20 at 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00AM
Hope’s celebration of the Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead will remind us all of the meaning and power of Easter for our everyday living as God’s people. This glorious day begins with an outdoor Sunrise Service of Holy Communion, with special music led by the Praise Team. Three festival services will follow, in the worship sanctuary, with special music led by the Handbell Choir, Senior Choir, and Brass Ensemble.
Enjoy the rollercoaster ride of Holy Week 2014!
God bless you and yours,
Pastor Wayne Puls
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