Holy Week at Metrocrest (April 13-20, 2014)

Holy Week at Metrocrest

April 13th – April 20th, 2014

In a world that no longer finds truth relevant, we see over and over again that people are longing for connection to a story; not a fictitious fairy tale where all is pretend, but a real living story where justice triumphs and people realize their dignity, value, and worth. As we look at the story of our redemption in Christ, we take time to remember the Passion of our Lord, and pray that the retelling of those events might move the hearts of believers, and melt the hearts of unbelievers.

Our schedule of Holy Week is as follows:

Sunday, April 13th – Palm Sunday: The beginning of Holy Week is the celebration of the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem. We remember on this day that, though hosanna was shouted and praises were lifted, the fickle hearts of the people would quickly turn. Join us for our Morning Worship at 10:15 a.m.

Thursday, April 17th – Maundy Thursday: On this night we remember the two significant things that Christ did in the presence of his disciples, namely the washing of their feet and the institution of the Lord’s Supper. It is important for the body of Christ to come together to keep the feast, and be reminded of the command of our Lord to serve rather than be served. This is a communion service, so please prepare your hearts accordingly. Service time is at 7:00 p.m., and childcare will be provided.

Friday, April 18th – Good Friday: At the noon hour on that Friday afternoon, our Lord was hung from a Roman tree to pay a penalty for sins He did not commit. Our remembrance of Good Friday will be a service of shadows (or tenebrae), which is to say we will be reflecting on some of the last words of Christ on the cross. At the conclusion of the service, there will be no benediction, no “good words” offered, for indeed there is nothing good about the darkness and silence that was left when our Lord breathed His last. Rather, the people of God will depart in silence, and return for the conclusion of the service on Sunday. The evening service will be held at 7:00 p.m., and childcare will be provided.

Sunday, April 20th – Resurrection Sunday: With joyful fanfare and shouts of jubilee, we proclaim to the world that the tomb is empty; death could not contain Him nor could a grave hold Him. There will be no Kid’s or Youth Connection classes, nor will there be Adult Bible Classes this morning. Rather, we will enjoy a time of fellowship and food from 9-10, and then worship together as a family at 10:15 a.m.

We invite you, in as much as you are able, to make plans now to take part in all of the opportunities for worship presented to you during Holy Week. It is a good thing for the family of faith to journey together into the depths of sorrow that is the suffering and death of Christ, knowing it was rightly due to us. Through our remembering His pain, we rejoice all the more as we celebrate His triumph.