If something is holy, it is unique. It is different from everything else. It is set apart.
Holy week happens once a year and it is indeed a special time that is set aside. Why? The last week of Jesus’ life was a BIG deal so we make a BIG deal out of it.
Right away, before I write anything else, I want to ask you to do two things:
- Plan on coming. Put it in your calendar. Make special arrangements. Drink more coffee if you need to. But please, plan on coming. I’ve never heard anybody say, “Gee, I wish I didn’t go to worship so much during Holy Week.” Never, not once. If you’ve heard the story before…you need it to be refreshed in your heart and mind. If you’ve never heard the story before… you need to hear it (it makes Easter morning SOOOO much more awesome!)
- Invite someone else. A lot of churches don’t have a worship experience on Thursday or Friday so folks that go to those churches might like a place to connect with Jesus. A lot of people, not connected to any church, might be interested but only if you ask them. Invite someone.
Ok, since you are planning on doing those two things, I want to give you a little more information.
Palm Sunday (4/14): (Everyone gets a palm branch!) Jesus rides into Jerusalem. He rides into the city to take on and defeat our greatest enemies: sin, death and the devil. He rides in to engage a great battle! His warhorse? A… donkey?!? Worship at 8:30AM and 10:45.
Holy Thursday (4/18 @ 7:30PM – Childcare provided). This is the night that things really started to go down. Jesus is betrayed. Jesus celebrates the Passover meal and turns it into our “Lord’s Supper.” Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane. AND Jesus is arrested. Our theme this year: “A touch.”
Good Friday (4/19 @ 7:30PM – Childcare provided). The day Jesus died. It’s called “Good” Friday because of what results from His death – namely the forgiveness of our sins and restored relationship with God. Our theme this year: “A King” based on Luke 23:39-43.
Easter (4/21) – Man, just typing that word gets me excited and emotional. This is – by far – the single greatest day known to mankind. The death of death. A whole different perspective on life. A mission to embrace. This is going to be one big party!!
Easter Sunrise Worship (4/21 @ 6:30 AM). Jesus rose from the dead while it was still “early morning.” So we worship at about the same time.
Easter Celebration Worship (4/21 @ 8:30 and 10:45AM). We’ve got an amazing morning of celebration planned with a breakfast in between worship services. Our theme this year: “Put in place” based on Colossians 2:13-15!