Beginning with Ash Wednesday, when our foreheads are smudged with ash to remind us that “we are but dust,” this season of reflection and preparation is a time for special study and devotion. Some people “give up” something for Lent; others take on something new. But in all of it, we’re looking forward to resurrection!
Palm Sunday and Holy Week (March or April)
This is the week when we, along with Christians around the world, celebrate the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. On Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter), we reenact Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem by marching as a congregation around the outside of the church carrying palm branches and singing. The Palm Sunday service moves on with a dramatic reading of the Passion narrative as we look forward to a somber and reflective Holy Week.
On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. Foot washing at this evening service reminds us that we are called to serve others as he served, and the stripping of the altar prepares us for the bleak realities of crucifixion. Good Friday services solemnly commemorate the death and burial of Jesus. And then we wait . . . for Easter.