Lent

Our Adventure through the themes presented in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will continue through our special Holy Week services.  Attending each of the special services and events offered during Holy Week present an opportunity to reflect on the last days in Jesus’ life and ministry. Continue this adventure with us on Palm Sunday, which begins with all children processing with palms. Then, a Seder meal on Holy Thursday offers a chance to reflect upon the Last Supper. The Good Friday service commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Attending the service on Good Friday can allow one to more fully experience the joy of Easter’s redemption on Easter Sunday – for without the crucifixion there could be no resurrection. 

We offer three different services on Easter morning with a Sunrise Service, a Contemporary Service, and a Traditional Service. If you are an early riser and choose to join us for the Sunrise Service at Spring Park, you will be continuing a tradition begun in 1732 (the first recorded sunrise service, in Herrnhut, Germany). Early on Easter morning, a small group of young Moravian men went to the local cemetery for a special time of worship.

 

Palm Sunday – April 14  

     8:30am Contemporary

Our Lenten Adventure through Narnia continues with a Palm Sunday Processional, during which all of our children are invited to process with palm branches! This service will be music-driven, with our Praise Band providing special music for reflection and encouragement as we move forward into Holy Week.

     10:50am Traditional

As part of our Lenten adventure, this particular service features our Chancel Choir cantata, titled At His Name. This cantata reflects upon Jesus’s ministry and life on earth and looks at the monumental effect his name had on history. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul referred to the name of Jesus as “the name above all names.” Messiah, Emmanuel, Jehovah, wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, King of Kings, and ultimately, Lamb of God, are just a few of the many names used for Jesus throughout the scripture. The movements in this cantata vary greatly in style as well, ensuring an eclectic musical blend which all will enjoy! 

This stretch of our Lenten adventure will also begin with a Palm Sunday Processional, during which all our children are invited to process with palm branches while our Chancel Choir sings a movement from the cantata: “Open the Gates.”

Holy Thursday – April 18 at 7pm

On Holy Thursday, you are invited to take part in an authentic, ritual-rich Seder meal. The ritual will come from the book, the Haggadah. Haggadah means “telling,” as its primary purpose is to facilitate the retelling the story of the Exodus from Egypt. As the ceremonial meal progresses, you will sample different foods which represent a choreographed combination of tastes, sounds, sensations and smells that have been with the Jewish people for millennia. 

Good Friday – April 19 at 7pm

    

This dramatic, multi-sensory worship service revisits the final hours of Jesus and his crucifixion, using a variety of mediums to fully engage the senses as we reflect upon this ultimate sacrifice.  

One of the special music selections will feature our Kidz Choir, who will be singing with an adult Ladies Ensemble.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16