Holy Week

A powerful week exploring deep truths within ourselves and our faith

Journey with us through Holy Week, following the path of Jesus from Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

Easter gets all the attention. But the resurrection joy of Easter is much more profound when it is included in the larger picture of Holy Week. There were no shortcuts from ministry to miracle; Jesus himself walked through suffering, betrayal, and death itself before the joy of resurrection and hope for all of us.. Let us walk with him, that our joy and hope may be that much more meaningful.

Palm Sunday

March 24 at 10:30 AM

After our own palm processional into worship, we’ll reflect on the two parades that occurred at once on that first Palm Sunday. As Jesus entered the city, unexpectedly and unconventionally, he came to usher in the kindom of God and the way of peace. At the same time, Pilate, the Roman governor, came in commanding military dominance and imperial power. Within the chaos and commotion of this scene, which leader will you follow? Many of our weekly questions throughout the season so far have helped us prepare spiritually for Holy Week. Now we examine if our beliefs have changed our behaviors. Has your path changed? In the midst of opposing forces, which way will you go?

Maundy Thursday

March 28 at 6:45 PM in Fellowship Hall, then 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary

We will gather for a time of reflection and conversation around the table as we enjoy refreshments together then, after moving to the sanctuary, we will recall the events of Jesus’ last week. After celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion, we will gradually extinguish the lights as we remember the Passion of Jesus in the powerful Tenebrae service. Important note for online participants: please join us at 7:30 pm when the service moves into the sanctuary.

Good Friday

March 29 at 7:30 PM

We’ll gather in the sanctuary in the fading light of the day that Jesus was killed for a simple service drawing on the prayers and songs of Taizé. We’ll end the service with the powerful stripping of the altar. Important note: experience has taught us that this service does not translate well online therefore Zoom will not be available for this service.

Taizé (pronounced: tay-zay) is a prayerful form of music known for its simple, yet rich and meditative character. Taizé music often takes the structure of an ostinato (a simple melody that repeats over and over) and is meant to serve as a kind of musical centering prayer.

Holy Saturday
Prayer Vigil

March 30 from 11 AM – 6 PM, Fellowship Hall

On this holiest of days, when the disciples knew that Jesus had been killed, but had not yet experienced the joy of resurrection, you are invited to spend some time at our seven-hour Prayer Vigil in quiet meditation reflecting on Jesus’ life and death. Take time to consider the powerful events of Holy Week and how they shape your faith and life in Fellowship Hall or reflect on the compelling artwork of Sanctified Art using visio divina as you follow the prayer stations throughout the building. Please consider taking 30 minutes of your day to spend at this powerful vigil. Your Easter experience will be far richer for having made the commitment.

Easter Celebration of Worship

March 31 at 10:30 AM

Our Lenten journey ends with overflowing joy as we celebrate the message of the resurrection with pageantry and rousing music! Recalling Jesus’ question of Mary in the tomb, we will consider who – or what – we are looking forward to on Easter morning? In what ways will we continue to look for Jesus in the world? Be sure to bring your flower to decorate our resurrection cross!

Middleburg Heights Community United Church of Christ