Holy Week and Easter 2016

Palm Sunday (March 20): We will have worship services at 8 am and 10 am. Our 10 am service will begin with a festive procession of palms from the Gym out to Summit Avenue and back into the church to begin worship. Please gather in the Gym before the service begins. This is also Pack the Pews Sunday so bring your donations of non-perishable food to the Gym with you.
Holy Week Morning Eucharist (March 21-25): Come to the Chapel at 7:30 am Monday-Friday of Holy Week for simple morning worship and Eucharist.
The Paschal Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil — by tradition, these three days are celebrated as one continuous service. There is one bulletin that covers all three days. We commemorate the Last Supper, remember the sacrifice of our Lord’s crucifixion, and wait in hope to celebrate his resurrection. Together, it is not three separate events to observe, but one continuous liturgy over three days.
Maundy Thursday (March 24): Worship at 7 pm with foot washing and stripping of the altar.
At the end of the service, the sacrament will be reserved in the aumbry in the Chapel for an overnight vigil, 7 pm to 7 am. Everyone is invited to take a turn keeping vigil with the body of Christ. Click here to sign up for a shift.
Good Friday (March 25): services at 12 noon and 7 pm with communion from the Reserved Sacrament and veneration of the Cross.
The Great Vigil of Easter (March 26)the service will be held at 7 pm. Meet in the Gym at the beginning of the service for the lighting of the new fire and a candlelit procession through the Undercroft. The vigil of Easter is the highest liturgical service in the Christian year. Please bring bells, tambourines, and other instruments, because following the reading of our salvation history, we will all ring bells together to joyfully welcome Christ’s glorious resurrection and the arrival of Easter. A celebratory reception follows in the Fireside Room.
Easter Sunday (March 27): We will have worship services at 8 am and 10 am. The 10 am service will be a festal Eucharist with timpani and trumpet, accompanied by the Artaria string quartet.
Easter Egg Hunt (March 27): Following the 10am service on Easter morning, there will be two simultaneous hunts, one for big kids (K-5) and one for littler kids (up to preschool age). Bring Easter baskets if you like, or use the bags provided. The eggs will have non-food items inside.
 
“The Cross in Art and Visual Culture” Exhibit (through May 8): Visit the Gallery (the hallway outside the Fireside Room) during the Easter season to view an exhibit of crosses and cross art. The crosses include stories of why they are meaningful to the St. John’s members who provided them.

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