As we know Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter, the last week of Lent. During this week we follow the last days of Jesus’ life, from his entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), to the Last Supper (Maundy Thursday), to the Crucifixion (Good Friday), and Holy Saturday. Easter in not actually a part of Holy Week, but starts another liturgical season, Eastertide.
On Maundy Thursday/Holy Thursday, we commemorate the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and instituted the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. This year we are once again having the Living Last Supper 7:00pm tonight. Hopefully the words spoken and sung will give us a new insight and appreciation for the events that happened long ago on this night.
Good Friday and Holy Saturday is spent remembering the Way of the Cross, and Jesus being crucified. Although this year we are not having a service, I encourage to take some time on these days for reflection on Jesus’ crucifixion.
This leads us to Easter, the day we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. This year our Junior High Youth Group will lead our Sunrise Service at 7:30am, followed by a Free Will Offering for Breakfast. At our 9:30am worship service, the Praise Team is going to begin the service, and do so taking us from the sorrow of the cross and bringing us to Jesus being risen.
Although I really hope that each and every one of you are able to join us for these services, at the very least I encourage to spend some time each day reflecting over the events of Jesus’ last days here on earth and his resurrection!
My husband, Allan, and I moved to Estherville in June of 2015. We are excited to be here, and to be in ministry with Estherville UMC!