Holy Week – A Reason to Celebrate!
Holy Week – A Reason To Celebrate!
Holy Week is a celebration. Beginning with shouts of “Hosanna” by the hopeful throng on Palm Sunday through to the angelic proclamation a week later that “He is not here for he has risen,” Holy Week is a Celebration!
Holy Week is also known as Passion Week. But the passion doesn’t refer to the shouts from the crowd nor the earth-shaking angelic voices. It’s the passion of Jesus who loved the world unto death. It’s the passion of our Messiah (our Savior) that led him to the cross. It’s the Father’s passion that sent his Son not only to die for the sake of the world, but to be the first born of the Resurrection.
We can respond to Holy Week by making it holy (meaning set apart) in our minds, hearts and schedule. We can respond to the Lord’s passion with our own passion through devotion and commitment to him. We could casually roll through the events of Holy Week, acknowledging them with gratitude, or we can choose to set apart the week in a passionate love for our heavenly Father and his Lamb. You are invited to join the celebrations!
Palm Sunday, April 10 at 10am
On Palm Sunday we’ll join the throngs around the world and shout, Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Palm Sunday begins the final week, Passion Week, of Jesus’ life leading to the cross and resurrection. Our kids will help us celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus and the public declaration that he is the Savior, the Messiah.
Maundy Thursday, April 14 from 7-8pm
This communion service commemorates Jesus’ last supper and his arrest as he steals himself for the cross. We’ll reflect with awe that the Son of God would become the sacrificial lamb as he granted the Father, Not my will but yours. This is an in person service only. It will not be livestreamed.
Sunrise Service, Sunday, April 17, Hike at 5:15am!
This year Pastor Wes will lead a hike up Ragged Mountain to view the sunrise, worship the Lord and proclaim, He is risen, He is risen indeed!
This is a hearty hike, but manageable for most people.
Meet at 5:15am at Ragged Mountain trailhead at 437 West Lane, Berlin, CT.
It is three quarters of a mile up to our vantage point, and will take less than 30 minutes.
Bring flashlights and dress accordingly. Service will be about 30 minutes long.
Wear sturdy hiking boots or shoes (Ragged Mtn is appropriately named!).
Families and kids are welcome.
Dogs are welcome on leashes and must be ok around crowds and other dogs on leashes.
We will be back to the parking lot by 7am.
Resurrection Sunday Service, Sunday April 17 at 10am
Our Sunday morning service will be a Resurrection Celebration! Please join us for a full service of worship, kids’ performance, resurrection teaching, and a celebration of the greatest story ever told.