Holy Week & Easter
Maundy Thursday, April 2
Agapé Meal, 6 pm, Parish House Lower Room - this simple pot-luck meal (Middle Eastern foods welcomed but not required - no dessert, please) is a way to share in our community life. It will also include some simple prayers, reminding us of the meal that Jesus and the disciples shared at the Last Supper. Agapé is the Greek word for unconditional, divine love.
Maundy Thursday Worship, 7:30 pm - Foot Washing, Holy Eucharist, and Stripping of the Altar. Foot Washing is an ancient, traditional part of this service; a sign of humility in serving one another, and our intimacy in community life. Participation in this part of the service is optional. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated this night with Christians of all traditions around the world – the institution of the Lord’s Supper. The Stripping of the Altar takes place as we sing a Taizé chant, preparing the Church for the starkness of Good Friday.
Prayer Watch, 8:30 pm-12 midnight – Jesus asks us to keep watch with him in our own Garden of Gethsemane (Altar of Repose) on Maundy Thursday night. Come and keep watch through personal prayer and meditation, making sure that there is always someone in the Church during this time.
Good Friday, April 3
Stations of the Cross, 12 noon – this interactive service lasts 45 minutes and is good for all ages, especially kids, and people who don’t like to drive at night. At each station there will be things to do, say, touch and see.
Good Friday Liturgy, 7:30 pm – a simple, powerful service of readings, prayers, and hymns, including a flute and violin duet of Mozart. The Cross will be venerated by candle light.
Holy Saturday, April 4
Kids’ Service, Easter Egg Hunt and Ribbon Banner Making,10 am - A short Holy Saturday service for children, followed by the Easter Egg hunt & refreshments. Older kids will make Easter ribbon banners to hang on the outdoor lamp posts.
Easter Eve, April 4
The Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 pm. We light the new fire in the Memorial Garden and process into the darkened church by candlelight. Scripture, song, renewal of our baptismal vows, and the first Eucharist of Easter. Bring a bell to ring at the Easter Acclamation! The best service of year, and the center of our faith!
The First Party of Easter follows the Easter Vigil - simple, festive refreshments.
Easter Day, April 5
Festive Holy Eucharist, 8 & 10 am - celebrate Christ's resurrection with hymns, Scripture, choral & organ music, and all the joy and glory of Easter Day!
The church sanctuary; both levels of the Parish House, as well as both of the Parish House upper level restrooms, are handicap accessible.
We invite you to worship!
We'd love to have you visit and worship with us; share with you what God is doing in this Christian community of faith as we follow Jesus and serve our neighbors; and hear your questions, experiences and wisdom about life and your spiritual journey.
Blessings, Vicki McGrath+, Rector
8 am - Holy Eucharist, Rite I; a quiet contemplative service
10 am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II; instrumental music, choir, hymns, optional refreshments and conversation following the service. Click here for nursery care &Sunday School information.
12 noon - All God's Children (third Sundays)
for special needs kids and families;
30 minutes of singing, movement, prayer, Bible story and optional Communion.
Thursdays, 7 am - Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayer;
light breakfast available afterwards.
Check out the Spiritual Connections page
for on-line Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer,
Evening Prayer, and Compline.
Directions to All Saints'