Dear Friends,

I’m so excited to spend my first Holy Week and Easter with everyone here at First Church. Our schedule is as follows:

April 14, Palm Sunday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
April 19, Good Friday at 7 p.m.
April 21, Easter Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

There are two important changes to note.
1) The Friday service of Holy Week will incorporate the traditional elements of the Maundy Thursday service and Good Friday into one service. The flow of the service will be from TABLE (celebrating the Last Supper); COURTYARD (reviewing the desertion and the betrayal of Jesus); and HILL (remembering the crucifixion on Golgotha).

2) The Easter service at 9 a.m. will be preceded by an Easter morning vigil at 8:30 a.m. in the chapel. We are assuming that most 9 a.m. worshipers will arrive as they usually do, just before 9, and take their place in the sanctuary. Those who are attending the vigil will then enter from the chapel to dress the sanctuary for Easter services.

Excited as I am for Holy Week and Easter, I am equally enthused about the Sunday after Easter, April 28, because it will be Confirmation Sunday. The confirmands will be confirmed at the 9 a.m. service. Between services, they and their families will attend an informal reception. The confirmands will then return to the beginning of the 11 a.m.service, so they can be introduced and greeted. I want both services to experience the joy of receiving these wonderful young people as we join them in our continued spiritual journey.

May the grace of God lead us through this penitential season of Lent, the passions of Holy Week, and the joys of Easter. Hope to see you in church!

In Christ, Denny