On the Way to Easter

Upcoming Holy Week worship services announced

by Thomas Kleinert

Vine Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will anticipate Easter, March 27, with several worship opportunities during Holy Week, March 20-26.

Everyone is invited to share in the renewal of these experiences.

During Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday (March 20), the church follows Jesus from the scenes of joyous welcome at the gates of Jerusalem to his violent death on the cross. Some Christians use the daily readings to ground and guide their prayers and reflections; others simply sit quietly with a lit candle for a moment each day or walk prayerfully in the company of Jesus in order to enter more fully into the mystery of God’s love for us and the world. How will you find space to reflect this week?

This church community will gather next for prayer services in the Sanctuary at Vine Street at 6 p.m. on Maundy Thursday (March 24) and again at 6 p.m. on Good Friday (March 25). The Thursday service includes foot washing, for those who wish, and the Lord’s Supper. The stripping of the chancel will be part of our Friday service.

We will also keep a prayer vigil from Thursday to Friday. “Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial,” Jesus said to Peter and the disciples when he himself was praying in Gethsemane. To honor his request, we will keep a prayer vigil following the Maundy Thursday service until 6 p.m. on Good Friday. We have divided the hours into segments of 30 minutes, and invite members and friends of the church to pray during those hours. Please add your name to our vigil schedule. If you wish to come to the Chapel or Sanctuary to pray, please let us know so we can make the necessary arrangements.

On Easter morning, the youth invite the congregation to a waffle breakfast in Fellowship Hall (8:30-9:30 a.m.). At 10 a.m. we gather in the Sanctuary to praise God who raised Jesus from the dead, and our "Hallelujah!" will resound around the world.

“I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39)