The week beginning with Palm Sunday and culminating on Easter Sunday holds within it the fullness of our faith community’s Christian traditions and beliefs.
On Palm Sunday, Jesus is ushered into Jerusalem with cries of Hosanna!, an acknowledgement that the Messiah has arrived. On Maundy Thursday, a meal is shared and feet are washed in the tradition of the Last Supper and Jesus’ message of servanthood. Good Friday brings us to the crucifixion of Jesus and the glory of God is realized in the Easter Resurrection of Christ.
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Please join us in experiencing the deeper meaning of this sacred week at these holy services.
PALM SUNDAY – APRIL 9TH
8:00 and 10:30 AM Palm Processional and Holy Eucharist
Gather with us across the street in Washington Park to begin morning worship then a palm processional returning to St. Thomas for the remainder of service observing Holy Eucharist together in the church sanctuary.
MAUNDY THURSDAY – APRIL 13TH
7:00 PM Agape Meal and Foot Washing in Cowans Hall
Experience an Agape Meal and acts of servanthood in participating in the ancient practice of foot washing as Jesus had shown for disciples. Afterwards join us for Holy Eucharist and the ceremonial Stripping the Altar in the Church.
GOOD FRIDAY – APRIL 14TH
12:00 – 3:00 PM Trehora Service
Lay reflections will be shared, veneration of the cross – a practice dating back to 4th century Jerusalem – will be observed. Holy communion from the reserved sacrament will be offered. We will conclude our time together by walking The Way of the Cross symbolically in the foot steps of Jesus using the mystery screens that envelope the church sanctuary.
7:00 PM Proper Liturgy for Good Friday
A beautiful candlelight service that brings us together to remember the passion of Christ.
HOLY SATURDAY – APRIL 15TH
6:00 PM Campfire, S’mores and Song – Let’s get together for ooey-gooey s’mores, the warmth of a crackling campfire and a few songs – experience Holy Week family-style courtesy of Family Ministry!
6:30 PM The Great Easter Vigil
Story-Telling in the sanctuary foreshadows the Resurrection of the Savior yet to come. Join us as we partake in the Holy Eucharist and celebrate a Baptism. All offer a glimpse into the unfolding story of the Christian faith.
EASTER SUNDAY – APRIL 16TH
9:00 AM Festive Holy Eucharist & Easter Egg Hunt
A celebratory service in the church sanctuary – Christ is Risen – Hallelujah! After morning worship, get ready for the annual fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt.
Parents – break out your Easter baskets and make sure to bring an empty one for every child participating in the hunt!
Slider image derived from original silver gel print by Andrew Munday 2009.