Community Holy Week Overview SOCIAL - Holy Week and Easter

Welcome to Holy Week at Community Lutheran!

There are some very special worship services planned, including a return to outdoor services. All worship services will be live streamed on our Facebook page if you cannot attend in person, and a recording of the Stations of the Cross will be available as well. Most worship services offer two ways you can attend:

  • you can sign up to sit inside a large tent that will be set up, or 
  • you can worship in/near your car. Please bring your own chairs for both options!

More details and sign ups for each service are available below.

Palm Sunday | 10:00 AM

Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, and also Community’s return to outdoor worship services! This worship service will be filled with palm waving, music, and processions around the parking lot as we celebrate our King. The choir and bell choir will also be performing. Kids are welcome – have them bring noisemakers to participate in the service! There will be an interactive children’s message involving instruments and loud noises.

Maundy Thursday | 7:00 PM (View Bulletin Here)

For Maundy Thursday, we are “flipping the script” and starting worship with communion! Bring your own food for a 15-minute picnic before we tell the story of the Last Supper and celebrate Holy Communion (please bring bread and wine/grape juice). You can make your own communion bread before the service with this recipe found on our blog. Making the communion bread is a great activity to get the kids involved with this more solemn service. There will also be an interactive Children’s Message to illustrate how God’s forgiveness is always at work. As you leave the service with drive-thru absolution, you will have the opportunity to write confession on a piece of cloth. These confessions will be put into the cross and transformed throughout Holy Week.

Good Friday | 6:30-8:00 PM, open attendance (View Booklet Here)

Good Friday will not be a formal service, but a reflective walk through of the Stations of the Cross. You can attend at any time from 6:30-8:00 PM and complete the stations at your own pace. Family-friendly booklets for the Stations of the Cross will be available. If you are unable to attend in person, Pastor Annabelle will be recording the stations earlier in the day, and a video will be available to watch on our social media. 

After the Stations of the Cross, you can join the online prayer vigil starting at 8:00 PM Friday, and continuing until Saturday evening.

Holy Saturday | 7:00 PM, Facebook Livestream

Pastor Annabelle will lead a brief Evening Prayer as together we wait and watch at Jesus’ tomb.

Easter Sunday | 10:00 AM (View Bulletin Here)

The celebration of Easter will be filled with joyful choir music, accompanied by brass instruments. There will also be an Easter egg roll for kids ages 0-Grade 5 to participate in after worship. You can sign up to attend this service inside the tent, or sit in/near your car in the parking lot (bring your own chair). Alleluia! He is Risen!

Easter Prayer Vigil

As we continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19, we will again conduct the Easter Prayer Vigil a little differently this year. As with many of our worship services, we will conduct this year’s prayer vigil virtually. As usual, we will begin the prayer vigil after the Good Friday Stations of the Cross (8:00 PM) and continue until Saturday evening and the Holy Saturday Evening Prayer (7:00 PM), or approximately 23 hours. However, instead of praying in the sanctuary, we would ask that you pray wherever you are while practicing social distancing (in your home, outside, on a walk, etc.).

Half-hour time slots are provided for pray-ers, but we strongly encourage you to sign-up for a one hour time slot; you’ll be surprised how quickly the time passes. You may sign up individually or with your family. During the times for which you sign up, we ask that you be in a time of prayer, scripture reading, and/or reflection. As in the past, some prayer resources will be provided or you may use your own materials. Please provide your e-mail to insure that you receive these resources. Whatever method of praying or meditation you might choose to use, this can be a very helpful time in preparation for sharing the joy of Easter, even virtually.  

There will be a video loop of a single candle with a cross livestreaming on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/clcsterling/).Please sign in to the live stream on our Facebook page while praying and post any pictures or insights from your prayer vigil that you are comfortable with sharing in the comments so the experience may be shared with the wider community.

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