2016 Holy Week

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You will have several opportunities to experience Holy Week at Good Shepherd UMC.  On Maundy Thursday I am preparing a light dinner of tomato basil soup with crackers and bread at 7:00 p.m.  We will eat together like the disciples did in the Upper Room and then serve each other Communion.  For me, this is the most meaningful service of the whole year.  I hope to share it with you on Thursday, March 24.


The next evening we will gather again at 7:00 p.m. to hear the traditional Good Friday scriptures read as the Sanctuary lights are gradually extinguished and the altar is draped in black.  As we leave the Sanctuary in silence each person can take a strip of black cloth and tie it onto the wooden cross outside as a visible, tangible expression of our sins which Jesus bore during the crucifixion.


As Easter morning dawns we will begin our celebrations.  The Sunrise Service will take place at 7:00 a.m. on our Pavilion, weather permitting.  This is a joyous moment when we see the first rays of the sun and proclaim that indeed Jesus is Risen!

Easter Brunch follows at 7:45 a.m. in the kitchen prepared for you by our United Methodist women. 


Easter Worship begins at 10:00 a.m.  If you can, please bring a flower from your yard to add to the glorious bouquet of flowers that will adorn the cross outside the Sanctuary.  I hope to see you and your family and friends Easter morning as we rejoice together and celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave.


Immediately after Worship the children will be eager to begin the Easter Egg Hunt on the church grounds.  Please be sure to bring their Easter basket for this fun event.


May you experience the power and the joy of Easter as we contemplate the cross and then the Resurrection, 


Holy week worship

March 20

Palm Sunday Service – 10:00 a.m.

March 24  
Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.

March 25  

Good Friday Service – 7:00 p.m.

March 27  
Sunrise Easter Service – 7:00 a.m. 

Easter Service 10:00 a.m.

Special Events on Easter 

Easter Brunch – 7:45 a.m.  
Easter Egg Hunt 11:15 a.m.