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The Three Days

Every Sunday in worship the church celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit gathers us to receive again the gifts of God that come to us through Christ, the saving Word.  On several key days at the center of the church year, however, worship takes a particular shape.  These central days have come to be known as the Three Days, recalling Jesus’ own words to his disciples that he would be handed over to death, and that “after three day he will rise again” (Mark 10:34).  The Three Days encompass the time from Maundy Thursday evening through the evening of Easter Day. In particular, the services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter unfold in a single movement, as the church each year makes passage with Christ through death into life. (ELW p. 247)

 

 


 

Thursday, April 17th

Maundy Thursday

7:30 p.m.

On this night we begin the Three Days during which we participate once again in the saving power of Jesus’ passing over from death into life.  The Maundy Thursday service includes the words of Jesus’ new commandment (mandatum, from which Maundy comes) to love one another.  As a sign of our calling to follow Jesus’ example of humility and service, we may wash one another’s feet as Jesus washed the disciples’ feet.  On this night in which Jesus was handed over to death we also gather around the Lord’s supper.  At the conclusion, the altar is be stripped of furnishings as a sign of Jesus’ abandonment. (ELW p. 249)

Friday, April 18th

Good Friday

Noon & 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday,

 

 April 19th

7:30 p.m.

 

 

The Good Friday service continues the journey through the Three Days of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection.  At the heart of this service is the passion reading according to John, which celebrates Christ’s victory on the cross.  As Jesus draws all people to himself, we pray for the whole world for which Christ died.  Finally, we honor the cross as the sign of forgiveness, healing, and salvation.  With all of God’s people we are invited to bow before this mystery of faith.  Christ has died, so that we may live. (ELW p. 249)

 

The Vigil of Easter

On the night before Easter day, Christians around the world gather to celebrate Christ’s passage from death to life.  The service includes strong signs: new fire in darkness, light spreading from the light of Christ, the water and the Word of baptism, the first resurrection meal.  And powerful words: the great saving stories of Hebrew scriptures and the first Easter gospel.  We keep this wondrous night in the spirit of vigil, our lamps lit, awaiting Christ’s coming both now and at the end of time. Alleluia! Christ is risen! And Christ will come again! (ELW p. 250) 

 

Sunday April 20th 

Easter Sunday

6:30 a.m.

Easter Sunrise Service

As the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. . . and suddenly Jesus met them and said ‘Greetings’!”  (Matthew 28: 1,9)  So we, like the Marys, rise early and gather outdoors around the now white-draped cross to begin to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection!

10:00 a.m.

Festival Service of Holy Communion with Choir and Handbell Choir

This is our Day of Days!  This is the day of our Lord’s Resurrection!  This is the day when we sing out “This is the feast of victory for our God”!  This is the day which brings us a new world full of endless promise and hope, which pushes aside time to reveal God’s eternity beyond!  This is the day the Lord has made!  We will rejoice and be glad in it!