Palm Sunday – April 9th @ 9:15 & 11:00
Palm Sunday (also called Passion Sunday) is the sixth Sunday of Lent and the last Sunday before Easter. It marks the beginning of what is known as Holy week (i.e. the week that leads up to Easter Sunday).
Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, where he would be crucified five days later. According to the Gospels, Jesus rode into town on a donkey as exuberant crowds hailed him as the Messiah and spread out palm branches and cloaks in his path. (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19).
The Thursday of Holy Week – April 13 @ 7:00
On the Thursday before his crucifixion Jesus shared a Passover meal with his disciples. We read the story in John 13:1-17. The Passover was a meal celebrated in thanksgiving for the Passover lamb that was sacrificed on behalf of the people (Read about the Passover in Exodus 12). This meal is a sign of what Jesus would do the next day as he sacrificed himself as the Lamb of God for all his people. At this meal, He showed them what their real work would be in this world. Not to be lords or masters but to be servants like Jesus himself (John 13:12-15). The story ends on a very sad note when Jesus goes to Gethsemane where he is deserted by his disciples and taken prisoner (Mark 14:32-52). It also leads into the story of Peter’s betrayal of Jesus (Mark 14:66-72).
Good Friday – April 14 @ 10:00
Good Friday, at the end of Holy Week, remembers the day Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world. On that day, Jesus hung on a cross to die for the people he loved (John 3:16) so that he could rise again on Easter Sunday. On that day, he suffered unbearable humiliation at the hands of people. He was beaten, whipped, spat upon, cursed at and mocked. He had to carry his cross to Calvary where he was crucified and died. His death that day not only fulfilled the Old Testament scriptures about his sacrifice, but also set the stage for his resurrection on Easter. The story can be read in Mark 15:1-47 and Matthew 27:11-61.
Easter Sunday – April 16 @ 10:00
Easter Sunday is one of the most important days for Christians. On this day, we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the grave. We celebrate his triumph over death. The resurrection happens three days after his death on the cross and carries with it the promise that those who believe in Him, will rise from the dead just as He did (John 11:25-26). The story of the resurrection can be found in Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, and John 20:1-8.