Palm Sunday Worship & Holy Week Schedule
Dear Saint Stephen,
Blessings to you and your households as Holy Week approaches!
Palm Sunday (this year tomorrow, Sunday, April 5th) begins week-long celebration of Holy Week. It is the day we celebrate Jesus riding triumphantly into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people were so excited they placed palms and their coats (literally "branches" and "garments") on the way to welcome him as one would roll out a red carpet for a king.
In worship, every year we gather at the entrance to the church and bless palm fronds which we use in processional. This year, as there is no gathering in church, no palm fronds, and no processional... I invite you to be creative!
WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED at home to celebrate this holy time!
Cut a newly greening branch from your yard,
cut a leaf from a houseplant,
even grab a coat or sweater, or...
complete a craft like this with your own hand "palms!." You can add these items to your home altar if you have made one!
Whatever you decide to bring to worship tomorrow on Sunday, God will bless it and you and it will be enough. Look for the Zoom link and worship materials later today.
Our worship this Holy Week is especially meaningful in these disorienting and difficult times. We will gather around the promise of God's Word and New Life in Christ.
I look forward to "seeing" you there!
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday, April 5 Zoom Worship @ 9:30am - Bring a branch, plant leaf, coat/sweater, or make/color your own palm frond!
Followed by "Breakout" Fellowship (bring your coffee!)
Maundy Thursday, April 9 Zoom Worship @ 7:00 pm
*With additional/alternate in-home materials
Good Friday, April 10 - Prayer Walk
Zoom "Virtual Prayer Walk" @ 12:00pm - Second annual Tri Parish Prayer Walk led by Pastor Char Hoffman of the United Methodist Church of Antioch, Father Brian Beno of Saint Ignatius Episcopal, and Pastor Rebecca
Good Friday April 10 - Zoom Worship @ 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday, April 12 Zoom Worship @ 9:30am
Followed by "Breakout" Fellowship