Holy Week and Easter Services

Click to enlarge

It is always a joy to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with strongly attended worship services on Easter morning. Our worship services and fellowship time are excellent opportunities to invite our friends and neighbors to find a church home with us at ELPC as we celebrate Easter together. Yet, keep in mind that the good news of Easter is made even more relevant when we couple the empty tomb stories with the passion stories of the Last Supper, Jesus’ arrest in Gethsemane, trial and crucifixion anguish.

During Holy Week, there are five different services you can attend to recall the darkness and light of this church season. Consider worshiping at ELPC and experience all the richness of the Holy Week and Easter faith stories.

On Wed., April 12, we will offer a special Stations of the Cross Taizé service at 7 pm. Join us for this powerful prayer experience as we process with Jesus from the chamber with his friends to the Garden of Gethsemane, from the halls of Pontius Pilate to Golgatha, and into the tomb. Each step of the journey will be accompanied by scripture, prayer, and moving Taizé chants. Please note that we will process from the Chapel to the Courtyard (weather permitting) to the Sanctuary and back to the Chapel. The procession is wheelchair accessible.

Then from Thurs.–Sat., April 13–15, there will be a Holy Week service each evening. Maundy Thursday (April 13, at 7 pm) recalls the night of Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples. Good Friday (April 14, at 12 noon & 7 pm) reflects on Jesus’ day of crucifixion and burial in a tomb. The Easter Vigil (April 15, at 7 pm) is the ancient church service moving from the darkness of Jesus’ death, through a reaffirmation of the sacrament of baptism, and on to the light of Easter with the first celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

The season of Lent will conclude on Easter Sunday, April 16, as we celebrate the good news of Christ’s resurrection with Journey worship at 8:45 am, in the Social Hall, and Sanctuary worship at 11 am. Communion will be celebrated at both services.