Holy Week: Walking in Hopeful Solidarity

“Trust a crowd to look at the wrong end of a miracle every time.” -Kurt Vonnegut
 
For those of us familiar with the Christian tradition, having walked according to the ebbs and flows of church years past, it is tempting to become fixated on Easter and the miracle that we think it is—whether to become preoccupied now with preparations for that glorious festival day, or to walk halfheartedly through the days of Holy Week with a wink and nod toward the real, happy story that culminates after enduring an obligatory Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of quiet and somber tones.  To do so, to choose either the way of leaping ahead or of only ironically embracing these days, is quite probably to look at the wrong end or at least to miss the fullness of any miracle that might come out of it.
 
The days of Holy Week are days of deep solidarity with the real, lived experience of much of here-and-now human life in this world.  The world that cradles hunger, homelessness, persecution, injustice and violence is the world that cradled the suffering and death of God.
 
Christians receive and live with the promise that miracles, even new life, will come.  But to witness or receive them, is to travel through Maundy Thursday, in serving and sharing table with one another, through Good Friday, in walking the way of Christ and his cross, through the darkness of Holy Saturday into the new light of Easter breaking in.
 
Join us in this walk of hopeful solidarity with the world.  

Maundy Thursday (April 13)
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper.                                                                  
Service over dinner with Kindred Lutheran Church, Pecore Hall 7 p.m.                              
(Holy Communion & Foot Washing)

Good Friday (April 14)
Good Friday marks the day of Jesus' crucifixion.  We reflect on the stations of the cross and meaning of death, in anticipation of resurrection and new life.                              
Services: 12 p.m., 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday (April 15) 
Please bring boiled eggs. The church will supply dye kits. Youth are requested to bring 1 to 2 bags candy each.                                                                                                                        
Easter Egg Dying /Candy Stuffing: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
We prepare for the good news of Jesus' resurrection Easter morning by holding the Easter Vigil.
Easter Vigil, Nave, 8 p.m. (light reception to follow)

Easter Sunday (April 16)
Services: 7:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Easter Breakfast , 9:30 a.m., Pecore Hall  (Bring hot cross buns)                                                                                          
Egg Hunt, 9:30 a.m., Playground