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Holy Week & Easter

Join us as we journey together and discover the life-changing events of Holy Week. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and continues through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and culminates with Easter Sunday. During this special time, we reflect on the events surrounding Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem; His betrayal, arrest, crucifixion, and, finally, His resurrection. We have services and events planned during this special week designed for individuals and families to worship and reflect on what Christ accomplished for us at the Cross.

We have prepared a Holy Week Devotional as a companion to the Jesus Storybook Bible for families to use Monday through Friday of Holy Week. You can download it here: Holy Week Devotional.

 

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday Worship & Children's Processional
April 9, 10:30 am in the Worship Center

As we celebrate Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, our children will process in a parade of palms and banners. The theme will be one of celebration as it was in the streets of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. Children of all ages are invited to join the Palm Sunday processional at the beginning of the 10:30 worship service.

 

Palm Sunday All-Church Picnic & Easter Egg Hunt
April 9, 12 pm on the patio

Everyone is invited to stay for a church picnic after the worship service. We will have fried chicken and all your favorite picnic food. Bring your favorite picnic blankets and lawn chairs so we can kick back on the lawn and enjoy fun fellowship followed by the children’s Easter egg hunt.

 

The Seder Core
April 12, 7 pm in The Barn

The Seder Core is a special Holy Week dinner event for the youth, 5th graders, and their families to take part in good food, rich fellowship and meaningful conversation. The Seder Core is an interactive meal that recounts the highlights of the Exodus while giving us a taste of what it was like at the Last Supper when Jesus unveiled that He is the true Passover Lamb.

Come and be a part of this special meal and experience how the Passover elements, Jewish traditions, and Passover script all whisper the name of Jesus. Experience Easter like never before by partaking in the Jewish tradition of Passover where Jesus is the Lamb.

 

Maundy Thursday Worship & Communion
April 13, 7 pm in the Worship Center

Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, which is the first word of the phrase “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another, as I have loved you,” spoken by Jesus to His disciples in the upper room.

This is a service of communion and reflection as Jesus shared The Last Supper with His disciples before His betrayal, arrest and crucifixion.

The CEPC nursery, Covenant Garden, will be open during the entire service for babies and preschoolers. A special lesson and activity will be offered to children in 1st-5th grade during the second half of the service.

 

Good Friday Guided Prayer
April 14, 12 pm in the Chapel

On this day, our Lord and Savior went to the Cross. He had spent the previous night in prayer at Gethsemane, where, with the betrayal of Judas, He was arrested, tried, scourged and sentenced to death on a cross as the crowd cried out, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him!”

This is a solemn service of prayer and time of reflection as we continue our journey through Holy Week.

 

Good Friday Tenebrae Service
April 14, 7 pm in the Worship Center

Before there was the bright glow of Easter, there was darkening…a time when events and situations worked deviously to a glorious end; a time when Jesus’ disciples were confounded and confused, when the darkness seemed to win. And yet, during those days…even then…God the Father worked His will.

The church has observed this service of Tenebrae (Latin meaning the darkening) in some form since the 12th century. This quiet service of word, song, and candlelight acknowledges, once again, the love that Jesus has for us and what He would subject Himself to for our benefit.

 

Easter Sunday Worship
April 16, 9 & 10:30 am in the Worship Center

Resurrection Morning! Our church family will conclude Holy Week with a celebration of the greatest moment in history: the day Christ rose from the grave. This great day will feature the Choir and Orchestra leading us as we worship the Risen Christ.

The CEPC nursery, Covenant Garden, will be open for the entirety of both services for babies. Music, an Easter lesson, and activities will be offered to preschoolers. A special lesson and activities will be offered to children in 1st-5th grade during the second half of each service.