Easter & Holy Week

Easter & Holy Week

Holy Week is the week preceding Easter that commemorates the events that led up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. We invite you to join us for the services listed below.  Additionally, you can download this harmony of Scripture readings that walk through the Gospel accounts of Holy Week.

Palm Sunday, April 14, 7 pm, Quartet for the End of Time.

In addition to our regular morning worship services at 9:00 and 10:45 am, Covenant will have a concert at 7 pm on Palm Sunday. Please plan to join us for our annual performance of the haunting 20th century masterpiece by Olivier Messiaen, The Quartet for the End of Time.  You can find additional details here.

Maundy Thursday, April 18.

‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word that means ‘mandate,’ and it refers to the new commandment Jesus gave to his disciples in the Upper Room – that we love one another as Jesus loved us (John 13.31-35). This year, we’ll gather together in the gym from 6:30 to 8 pm for dinner before a short service which will end in the Lord’s Supper. Space is limited and RSVPs are required.

Good Friday Afternoon, April 19, 7:30 am to 3 pm.

The sanctuary will be open for prayer and self-guided meditations on the Stations of the Cross. A guide to the Stations will be available.

Good Friday Afternoon, April 19, 12 pm.

The Way of the Cross. As many of you know, our sanctuary was built by a Polish Catholic congregation. One of the distinctive features of that tradition and its architecture is the ‘Stations of the Cross’ along the walls of both sides of the sanctuary. These paintings depict Christ’s passion, from his condemnation before Pilate until he was laid in the tomb. Taking advantage of that feature of our sanctuary, we will be doing a Protestant version of ‘The Stations of the Cross.’ We will gather together in the sanctuary and make our way around it, observing each of the paintings, reading the Scripture that corresponds to it, and spending time in prayer and singing.

 Good Friday Evening, April 19, 7 pm.

Our Good Friday service will be a Tenebrae (Latin for ‘darkness’) service. Our worship will center around Scripture readings from the hours leading up to and including the crucifixion along with singing and prayer. It is a quiet and contemplative service, and it ends in silence. Childcare is available for children 3 and under by request to Sherri Bredenberg.

Easter Sunday Morning, April 21, 9 and 10:45 am.

We will celebrate the Resurrection of Christ together at our regular morning services.

 If you’d like to donate a flower for Easter Sunday in honor or in memory of a loved one, please contact Larissa Bossemeyer to make arrangements.  Consider a donation of $15 for each flower.  You can pick up the flowers after the second service on Easter Sunday in the front of the sanctuary.