During Holy Week and Easter we concentrate on the defining moments of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ -- as we pray together we ask God to once again renew our own lives and life together around this the centre of the Christian life.
Please join in as we gather this week as follows...
Sunday, March 25, 8:30 & 10:00 am: Passion Sunday with the Liturgy of the Palms
With this celebration of Holy Communion we enter Holy Week, moving from Jesus’ triumphal procession into the Holy City to his death on a Roman cross. Palm crosses are blessed and taken away as aids to pray through the following days. Our main focus is on the crucifixion of Jesus as together we recall the events which took him to his death, and through which the suffering love of God is revealed in the world.
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7:00pm
On this night we recall and celebrate the institution of the Lord's Supper and Jesus' commandment to love one another (marked by the washing of feet). The liturgy concludes with the stripping of the Altar in preparation for the observance of Good Friday.
Good Friday, March 30
- 10:00am: Children's Gathering: Children (and caregivers!) are invited to join in to an interactive time of learning and to pray together as we move from station to station to follow Jesus' journey toward the cross. We will conclude with a mid-morning snack.
- Noon: The Celebration of the Lord's Passion: We gather to meditate on the cross of Christ as the way God enters fully into human brokenness and brings redemption to the world.
- Ecumenical Walk of the Cross: After the service, all are invited to join together with any members present from neighbouring churches (e.g., Our Savior Lutheran and Callingwood Road Presbyterian) to walk as a group carrying a cross along Callingwood Road. We will be led by the Worship Leader of Our Savior Lutheran Church, and will stop along the way to continue in song and prayer, concluding at Our Savior Lutheran, where we will leave the cross in preparation for the Easter Vigil hosted at Our Savior on Saturday evening.
Easter Vigil on the Evening of Holy Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran Church: March 31, gathering for the New Fire at 5:30pm...
Our Savior Lutheran Church (NE corner of Callingwood Rd and 184 St) extends an invitation to gather for the Easter Vigil, beginning in the parking lot for the 'new fire' from which the new Paschal (Easter) candles are lit for the coming year. At 6:00pm we will process with song into the church and continue with readings and lively songs from the story of God's grace and love in Creation and Redemption, and concluding with the first Holy Communion of the Easter season. A wine & cheese Resurrection Party will follow the Easter Vigil...
Easter Sunday, April 1, 8:30 & 10:00am
The Day of Resurrection is a celebration of the joyful and mighty act of God in raising the crucified Jesus from the dead. This is at the heart of the Hope with which we live as Christians: that it is not destruction that has the last word, but the Love of God shown in the face of Christ. This is where the Fifty Days of Easter begins...
We hope you will join in this season of Holy Week and Easter, and may the Peace of Christ attend you always!