Holy Week and Easter 2019

Finishing Well: Who is Your King?

This Winter and Spring we’ve been examining the lives of the Kings from the books of 1st and 2nd Chronicles. The Kings of Israel have a storied past, some good, some bad, and some really really bad. But none of them were the perfect Savior-King that Israel needed. They all had faults, and though they had great power, wealth, and influence, they were not all obedient to the end.

But for us, we do have a King who was obedient to the end. Jesus was the only king to start well (Matthew 3:17), live a life of perfect humility and obedience (Romans 5:18-19), and finish well (John 19:30 ff). This Holy Week and Easter join us as we consider the qualities of Jesus’ Kingship that lead us to awe, worship, and offering our whole lives to his Kingdom.

Palm Sunday – April 14th

The Returning King

Services at 9:30 and 11a, with children and student programs at 9:30a

Our celebration of Palm Sunday marks the day that a new kind of king arrived in Jerusalem. He called himself the “Good Shepherd,” the “Light of the World,” and the “Resurrection and the Life.” His words pierced souls and his miracles stirred the people. The people had loaded expectations for the reign of this new King. 

But did they really know what kind of King he would be?

– Kyle Smethurst

Maundy Thursday – April 18th

The Humble King

Evening communion service at 7pm with choir, organ, and strings.

Tonight we remember the final night Jesus spent with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. It was here where Jesus instituted the communion meal, or the Lord’s Supper. What did Jesus do on this last night? Did he give them instructions on how to fight against the religious leaders and Roman authorities? Did he teach them leadership skills and how to recruit more followers? 

No. He taught them how to love.

He washed their feet.

He shared a meal with them.

He gave them bread and wine, saying, “this is my body, broken for you.”

So tonight, we remember his mandatum, his mandate: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

For what we receive from the Lord we also pass on. 

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
In worship on this day, we testify to God’s love shown perfectly in Christ, and we recommit ourselves
to love one another as a community of faith.

– Adam Kurihara

Note at this service we enter and exit in silence, as we reflect on the sacrifice of our Lord.

Good Friday – April 19th

The Obedient King

Evening Tenebrae service (a meditation on the cross) at 7pm

A profound yet often overlooked and underestimated assertion of Jesus is preceded by an equally weighty affirmation. John writes, “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’” If he declared this to fulfill Scripture, then it is safe to assume that the normal side-effect of crucifixion is not the sole reason that Jesus purports dehydration. Like other fulfillments from Psalm 22 during the crucifixion account, verses 14-15 recount, “I am poured out like water…My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.” Held in tension/congruence with that, I also believe John wants us to recall Jesus’ statement to a Samaritan woman at a well from chapter 4, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.” In a way that only John does, he is illustrating the powerful trade between our sin and Jesus’ righteousness, our thirst for his life-giving water. Is it any coincidence that water came out of his side? Let us come and praise the fount that took on our thirst and gave us “water welling up to eternal life.”
– Steven Weiss

Note at this service we enter and exit in silence, as we reflect on the sacrifice of our Lord.

Easter Sunday – April 21

The Victorious King

Resurrection Sunday marks a season of fresh starts and no one needed a reboot more than Simon Peter, the chief blunderer among the disciples. In John 21, Peter gets a taste of the true meaning of Easter in His own encounter with the Risen Lord. After all of Peter’s shortcomings, Jesus still says to him “follow me.” Jesus gives Peter a clean slate. Maybe your life needs a re-boot right now, a new beginning. Or you know someone who is looking for a fresh start. This Easter, we come to the One who makes all things new. He still says to us “follow me,” no matter what the cost will be.

– Tom Petter

8am – Hymns led by organ (Sanctuary)
9:30am – Hymns and worship songs led by band (Phillips Hall)
11:15am – Hymns led by choir and organ (Sanctuary)

Easter Programming Notes for Children and Families:

8am – no care available
9:30am – Program for Children (Live the Adventure) and student worship service in Bradford Hall
11:15am – Care available for children (Infant – 5th Grade) or children are welcome to stay with their families for worship.

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