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Holy Week

Sunday, April 14 - Palm Sunday – 8:00 and 10:45 a.m.

On Palm Sunday, our 10:45 service will begin with a children’s parade.  All children and youth should meet in Fellowship Hall at 10:35 to pick up palms and to practice waving. Children will sit with their parents following the parade.

Easter Egg Hunt - 12:00 noon for lunch and the Egg Hunt

Don’t forget your Easter baskets!

Monday & Tuesday, April 15 & 16 - The Way of the Cross, 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.

JOIN US as we embark on the spiritual journey which prepares us for our Holy Week experience. The  Evangelism Committee will transform our Fellowship Hall into a sanctuary of prayer, meditation and communion for all who come to experience the Way of the Cross. Upon entering, you will receive a booklet that will assist in your path through the twelve scenarios. If you wish, you may receive Holy Communion administered by one of our pastors after you complete the stations. Come and follow Jesus’ final earthly path and truly prepare yourself for Christianity’s highest celebration. Contact Pastor Kate or any member of the Evangelism Committee with any questions.

Holy Wednesday, April 17 –

The final part of the trial of Jesus of Nazareth, with witness James, the brother of Jesus, on the stand.  We hope you will join us for this final Lent service of Taizé music.  If you would like to be here for dinner, please sign up in the Gathering Place or call the church office, 717-637-7101.  Dinner is at 5:45, Bible study at 6:30 and worship at 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 18 - Maundy Thursday Service - 7:15 p.m.

On the first Maundy Thursday, after they had eaten, Jesus gave the disciples his body and blood together with the bread and wine for the forgiveness of their sins. Called Holy Communion or the Eucharist, Lutherans believe this to be one of two sacraments — gifts from God.

After the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday is celebrated it is customary to “strip the altar,” which symbolizes the abandonment of Jesus by his disciples and the stripping of Jesus by the soldiers before his crucifixion.  It represents the humiliation of Jesus and the consequences of sin as a preparation for the celebration of new life.  (Excerpt from the Lutheran Living magazine)

Here at St. Matthew, our Maundy Thursday service begins in the Nave, with Holy Communion held in Fellowship Hall, seated at tables as the disciples did with Jesus during that first Maundy Thursday.  After communion, the congregation returns to the Nave for the stripping of the altar, a very solemn and quiet time.  This is a very meaningful service.

Friday, April 19 – Community Good Friday Service - 12 to 3 p.m.

This service is based on the seven last words of Christ, with each word preached by a different local pastor and seven different musical presentations, presented in 25-minute segments.  Held here at St. Matthew Church and you may come and go as desired

Friday, April 19 – St. Matthew Good Friday Service -7:15 p.m.

Our Good Friday service is held in the Nave. The service features a bidding prayer and procession with the large wooden cross.  It ends with singing the hymn, The Old Rugged Cross.

Saturday, April 20 - Easter Vigil - 5 p.m.

The service will begin in the Gathering Place at 5 p.m. with the lighting of the Paschal candle, followed by a procession into the Nave.  Historically the Vigil began at sunset the evening before and lasted all night into Easter Day.  It was the culmination of instruction for the early Christians and included their baptism into the community of Christ as well as their first communion as the sun rose on Easter Day.

Our one hour Easter Vigil moves from darkness to light as well and is based upon the rituals of the early Church. St. Augustine called this service the “mother of all vigils” as it takes those gathered from death to life, reviews key events of Israel’s past, reaffirms our baptism and connects us to the life and death of Christ.  Please join us for this unique service of worship.   Be the first to sing “Alleluia” this Easter at St. Matthew!

Sunday, April 21 - Easter Sunday Sunrise Service - 7 a.m.

Easter Breakfast – following the 7 a.m. service

(by reservation)

Family Worship Service - 9 a.m.

Festival Celebration of the Resurrection –  10:45 a.m.