Palm/Passion Sunday - April 14, 9:30 AM (Pastor Kelly Bayer Derrick (Assistant to the Bishop) preacher, Pastor Cobb presider - If you were born before 1980, you remember when Palm Sunday was a happy, exciting celebration of Jesus entering Jerusalem. With the coming of the Lutheran Book of Worship (green hymnal), this Sunday begins with celebration (palms, Hosanna) and ends with a sense of Jesus’ betrayal and death (passion). Why? The people cheered “Hosanna” but jeered “crucify him” when Jesus didn’t give them what they wanted. Their cheers were hollow and self-serving.
Maundy Thursday/Holy Thursday - April 18, 7 PM (Pastor Cobb preaching and presiding) - We remember the night that Jesus went with his disciples to share the Passover meal. Our worship includes three parts: Foot washing - yes, honest. Jesus did it. I hope you do too. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet while giving the command to love one another (Maundy comes from Latin word for “command”- a command to love). I will ask you to come forward while I run warm water over your feet showing that there is nothing, we won’t do to show our love. Holy Communion - Jesus began the meal saying, “why does this meal differ from all other meals?” and ends it with giving bread and wine as his body and blood. Stripping of the altar - Piece by piece everything on the altar is removed from the sanctuary. Jesus went to Gethsemane and his clothes were removed, his dignity taken away, his freedom stripped away.
Good Friday - April 19 - 2 services noon and 7 PM (Pastor Cobb) - Ah Holy Jesus… Who brought this upon thee? Twas I, Lord Jesus. It was I that denied thee. I crucified thee. We remember that we turn away from Jesus all the time. We remember the cost of our failure to love.
THE CROSS - Easter - April 21, 9:30 AM - the tomb is empty. Gone is the gloom and the darkness. Alleluia.