Holy Week and Easter at St. Paul’s

A full list of our Holy Week + Easter Offerings is below!Holy Week is the most important week of the Christian Year, as we gather to re-tell the story of Jesus’ final days.  The best way to think about Holy Week is as “one service, telling one story, held over eight days.” Holy Week worship features unique elements that don’t recur at any other time of the year.  Whether you are new to church or have been retelling these stories for many decades, we hope these services will offer you new understandings and appreciations of Jesus’ Way of Love. Please join us!

Palm Sunday, April 2
10:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Procession and Holy Eucharisthttps://youtube.com/live/MTnzfiCjE74?feature=shareThe service begins in the Parish Hall with the Blessing and Distribution of Palms, followed by the whole congregation processing around the property into the Sanctuary, this year to bagpipe accompaniment!  At the time of the Gospel, we will hear the Passion Story according to St. Matthew, read in parts. Children’s Ministry and Middle School Youth Group will be offered following the Palm Parade, until they return to church for Holy Communion.

Tuesday, April 4
Morning Prayer at 8:30am via Zoom

Contemplative Holy Eucharist with Incense at 7:30 p.m.Please join us for a simple, quiet service in the Chapel.  Brief prayers and readings, enclosed by generous times of silence and accompanied by the burning of incense lead to a simple celebration of Holy Communion. The service lasts about 30 minutes.
Compline at 8:30pm via Zoom

Wednesday, April 5
Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. (see link above)
Stations of the Cross available from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Compline at 8:30 p.m. (see link above)

Maundy Thursday, April 6
Holy Eucharist with Foot-washing & Stripping of the Altar at 7:30 p.m.This is one of the most intimate and beautiful services of the Christian year.  Come to remember Jesus’ last supper with his closest friends, to share in the ritual foot-washing, to process the consecrated elements to the Garden of Repose, and to watch the gentle and sacred stripping of the altar. All ages are warmly welcome to attend! This service lasts about an hour.

Overnight Watch in the Garden of Reposehttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c48aeac2aa6f49-thewatch1#/
Come spend an hour overnight resting in the Garden of Repose along with the consecrated bread and wine.  Breathe.  Pray.  Listen.  Wait.  Watch. Christians have been keeping this watch for centuries, and we look forward to participating in this ancient tradition again this year.Please help us keep the vigil as a community all night long.

Good Friday, April 7
Children’s Interactive Holy Week Service @ 4:30 p.m.Introducing children to Holy Week in age-appropriate and life-giving ways is one of the special ways we serve the youngest members of our parish. Join Rev. Chris for an interactive service exploring five moments of Holy Week.  We will overturn the money tables, wash feet, share bread and wine, rest with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and remember that God never gives up on us, no matter what!  Especially appropriate for pre-K and elementary school (and a parent/caregiver), but all are welcome! This service lasts about 30 to 40 minutes.Pizza and Passion” @ 6:00 p.m. for the Middle School Youth GroupJoin Rev. Chris for some meat-less pizza in the Parish Hall on Good Friday.  We’ll read through the story of Jesus’ last days together, each taking different parts. We’ll stop frequently to discuss what exactly is happening and why, and to talk through questions!  Please RSVP to Suzanne Johnson if you’re coming!The Proper Liturgy for Good Friday @ 7:30 p.m.https://youtube.com/live/W0ntMo7dFXE?feature=shareA simple, stark service featuring the Passion according to St. John, Sermon, Choir anthem, the Solemn Collects and prayers before the Cross. Communion from the Reserved Sacrament will be offered. This service lasts about an hour.

Holy Saturday, April 8
The Great Vigil of Easter @ 7:30 p.m. with Baptism, Eucharist, and Choir!The Great Vigil of Easter is the highlight of the church year.  We begin by lighting the new fire in the courtyard garden, and process into the darkened church to song of the Easter Chant. As we share faith stories of liberation and freedom from the Bible and the witness of the church in history, we welcome the season Easter, baptize new members, and share the first Eucharist of Easter!  This service lasts about 75 minutes.

Easter Sunday, April 9
Fawn Lake Lay-Led Easter Dawn service, 6:30am at Fawn Lake

Festival Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am & 11:00 a.m.!With festive music, Easter Sermon, and traditional Easter hymns! The 9:00 a.m. service will be live-streamed, and available for later viewing. https://youtube.com/live/Juyur0fdX9g?feature=shareThis year we are offering two Easter services to ensure there is ample space for everyone who wishes to worship on Easter Sunday.  The services will follow the same order of worship, so come to whichever time better fits your schedule! (Note – Youth Choir will join the Adult Choir at 9am.)Coffee Hour and Children’s Easter Egg Hunt between the servicesStarting around 10:20 a.m.All children of the parish (up to Grade 5) are invited to come with their families to St. Paul’s and participate in our Egg Hunt between the two Easter services, generously organized by our Middle School Youth Group!