Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Services for Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week Services at a Glance:

Maundy Thursday (March 28th) 7.00 p.m.: Holy Communion, washing of feet and hands, and stripping the church for Good Friday.

Good Friday (March 29th) 10.30 a.m.: Good Friday service with Sunday School.

Holy Saturday (March 30th) 3.30 - 5.30 p.m.: Spaghetti Church.

Easter Sunday (March 31st):
9.00 Holy Communion
109.30 Holy Communion and Sunday School
Note: there will be no 4.00 p.m. service on Easter Sunday.

About the Services:

Maundy Thursday (March 28th).
This is the day on which we remember Jesus’ gift of Holy Communion, and his command to love one another (‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word ‘maundatum’ which means ‘commandment’). We will meet for Holy Communion at 7.00 p.m. The service will include an opportunity to participate in a symbolic washing of feet or hands (this is optional), and will conclude with the stripping of the church for Good Friday.

Good Friday (March 29th).
Our Good Friday service will be at 10.30 a.m. It will include a children’s component, after which the children will go downstairs for their own Good Friday program. As part of this service we join together in reading the story of Jesus’ death from the Gospel of John (with different people reading the parts of the various characters); later, we bring in a wooden cross and gather around it to remember Jesus’ death and to pray for the world for which he died.

Holy Saturday (March 30th):
Spaghetti Church 3.30 - 5.30 p.m. Spaghetti Church is an opportunity for families with small children to do crafts and to sing, hear the Easter story, pray, and eat together. Note: you need to call the church (780-437-7231) to let us know you are coming, as we need to know how much food to prepare.

Easter Sunday (March 31st)
We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with services of Holy Communion at 9.00 & 10.30 a.m.; the 10.30 service includes Sunday School. Note: there is no 'Sundays@4' service at 4.00 this week.

Special Easter Offering: World Vision Schools Project in Darfur (south Sudan)
Three times a year our offering envelope boxes contain envelopes for special offerings, and we always give the proceeds from those special offerings away to mission work. This year we are supporting World Vision’s efforts to build new schools in Darfur in South Sudan. Fundraising is going on for this project right now, and it is hoped that building will start next year (2014). We will be fundraising for it until the end of September and hope to raise at least $7500 to help with this worthy cause.

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