Dear Christ Church Friends,
Holy Week begins this Sunday, with three interesting twists this year. Read to the end . . . this CliffNotes is chock full of vital information.
Twist #1. This Sunday, Palm Sunday, we will have an extra service at 5pm, a Celebration and Healing Service to mark one year since Christine’s accident. As a congregation, Christ Church, you prayed in a way, and God revealed Himself in a way, that made this a transformative moment for the whole church, and beyond. We will remember, hear from Christine, who will point us to Jesus, and we’ll worship and pray again for healing in our own lives. And then we will celebrate the goodness of God with a potluck afterwards. Bring a dish, and some to share! And invite anyone you know who might like to join us. This is not just a Christ Church gathering.
Twist #2. Our Maundy Thursday service this year will include an agape meal of rice and beans. An agape meal is table fellowship among believers that recalls the frequent meals Jesus shared with both “outsiders” and his disciples. While preparing for this service, I came across one Anglican source that encouraged the sharing of an agape meal on Maundy Thursday, after Holy Eucharist, adding: “But these meals should be simple, even austere, in keeping with Lenten fast. They should point forward to the great paschal fast, which begins after the liturgy of Maundy Thursday, is intensified on Good Friday, continues through Holy Saturday, and is concluded by the reception of Easter communion.” This will be a joint service at 6:30pm with our daughter parish, Church of the Cross.
Twist #3. We are adding a 3rd service for Easter Sunday at 7am (sunrise!). All three morning services are the same, so come celebrate the resurrection with us as the sun rises, get a jump on your Easter day plans, and help make room for guests in the later services.
Lastly join us for our Good Friday service and bring a guest to one of the most moving services of the whole church year. This is a great opportunity to bring a friend who does not know Jesus. This service is so well-attended, in fact, that we have outgrown our capacity to do it jointly with Church of the Cross. Come early to park and get a seat!