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You can glance at this list to see what’s up for this next Sunday, or read through for a sense of the flow and movement and meaning in our Sundays and seasons in the church.


APRIL AND MAY 2022

The church seasons of HOLY WEEK and EASTER


The first half of the church year (from November thru May or June) is built around two festivals of Christ. The Christmas cycle is over. We are now partway thru the Easter cycle, with the three seasons of Lent – Holy Week – Easter.


HOLY WEEK – often considered to begin with Palm Sunday, but most intensely focused around the THREE DAYS – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil. (We do not do a vigil)


EASTER – Yes, it is the Day of Resurrection, the big Easter day we celebrate. But Easter is too big for one day, and so we have seven Sundays of Easter. This is the heart of our faith. It is why we worship on Sunday. Every Sunday is a “little Easter” – a celebration of Christ who died and was raised again, announcing forgiveness and life. 


Sunday April 10 – Palm Sunday

8:30 am Worship and Live-stream

11:00 am Worship

This day often includes “The Sunday of the Passion” and the full reading of the passion narrative (the story of Jesus’ arrest, suffering, and death). For this year, we are just focusing on the Palm Sunday portion, Jesus in procession, acclaimed King. But he offers a different model of kingship. Humble, and riding on a donkey. We join in procession, then consider what this means.



Thursday April 14 – Maundy Thursday

7:30 pm Worship and Live-stream

The first of the three days. The focus this night is on the Last Supper (this is the night it happened), and on Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. The word “Maundy” comes from the footwashing. Jesus gives a new command (mandatum) – to love one another as he loved us. “Maundy” means Commandment. This is Commandment Thursday.



Friday April 15 – Good Friday

7:30 pm Worship and Live-stream

This night begins with the adoration of the cross and a lengthy bidding prayer – we are invited (bid) to pray, pause, then pray. Hymns are sung before and after. Then we enter darkness, with only the light of candles…gradually diminishing…as five readers share John’s account of Jesus’ final day. This day is “good” in spite of human failure, because God transformed death into life, and love was not conquered.



Sunday April 17 – EASTER

6:30 am Sunrise Worship

8:30 am Worship and Live-stream

11:00 am Worship

Here it is. The heart of our Christian proclamation. Christ who died for us now lives. Alleluia. We hear John’s account of the empty tomb, and Jesus appearing to Mary in the garden. She does not recognize him until he calls her name. “Mary.” (My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27)



Sunday April 24 – Second Sunday of Easter

8:30 am Worship and Live-stream

11:00 am Worship

Every year on the Sunday after Easter, we have the story of “Doubting Thomas.” (Ask Pastor Mark about the unfairness of that label.) This year we have a guest “preacher.” Artist Rob Lawlor will display a painting of this scene and share God’s good news with his art and commentary.



Sunday May 1 – Third Sunday of Easter

8:30 am Worship and Live-stream

11:00 am Worship

We continue with Easter appearances of Christ. This time Jesus appears to disciples who have gone back to fishing. There is a miraculous catch – 153 big fish. (Anyone who loves fishing has got to love this.) And a breakfast picnic on the beach, with Jesus as host. And Peter, who denied Jesus three time, is re-membered (included as a member) and recommissioned.



Sunday May 8 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

8:30 am Worship and Live-stream

11:00 am Worship

We jump back to John chapter 10 where Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Remember, that was what Mary illustrated on that first Easter. It’s what Peter was commissioned to also do. Oh, and for Mother’s Day, we have a wonderful story (that perfectly lined up in our readings) of Tabitha/Dorcas, an adored woman in her community, who dies and is raised back to life. Peter continues the work of Jesus.



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