For Christians the “High Holy Days” include Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter; this is the peak observance and celebration of the entire year.
What do we observe? It is the dying and rising of Jesus. Everything else is secondary.
Maundy Thursday (April 17 at 7:00pm)
Remembrance and reenactment of the events of the Upper Room when Jesus and the disciples celebrate their last Passover meal. The physical signs are so important on this evening- the setting and sharing of the meal, the washing of the feet, and the gathering of the community. It is a time to celebrate the full community that belongs to the risen Christ.
It is in the Passover Seder that our Eucharistic celebration has its roots. This year Passover is especially significant as the Jewish Passover begins at sunset Monday April 14 of Holy week and ends after Easter, April 22. For your edification there are several similarities worth mentioning: both the Passover and the Christian Eucharist/Communion celebrate an exodus, are ritual meals, are memorial celebrations, and signify and strengthen community.
At the Passover Meal Jesus made two requests of his disciples one was the Breaking of bread and sharing of the Cup and the other was the washing of one another’s feet to show that he also served them and they are to serve others. So, our observance of Maundy Thursday will include – lighting of candles, readings, communion, and the washing of feet.
Good Friday April 18 at 6:30pm (Soup/bread) 7:00pm Labyrinth service of meditation.
This is the day of the cross. Yet, it is a day of prayer and reflection on our Lord’s death and the meaning it holds for us as a Christian community. The cross provides the ground where God and people can meet, the wondrous way in which Christ has given meaning to one’s death; where Christ’s victory is a triumph of light over darkness; And, when God’s love is revealed to us through forgiveness and grace.
Without entering into his death we cannot fully celebrate his resurrection. As disciples of the faith we too are called to participate in this remembrance as a way of strengthening our faith and trust in God.
To honor this day there will be a Labyrinth meditation service on Jesus’ death led by Laura Fothergill and Interim pastor, Monica Styron.
March 21 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
March 28 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
April 4 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
April 6 – CABARET returns!
April 8 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
April 17 – Maundy Thursday Communion Service7:00pm
April 18 – Labyrinth -Good Friday
April 20 – Easter Sunday
April 27 – Farewell Luncheon for Dr. Warren Broome, Minister of Music, 12:15 p.m.