Holy Week 2014

EASTGATE CHRISTIAN CHURCH PREPARES SPECIAL HOLY WEEK SERVICES FOR APRIL 13-20

Eastgate Christian Church will hold several special Holy Week services from Palm Sunday, April 13 through Easter Sunday, April 20.  These services will mark the holiest days in the Christian calendar, honoring Christ’s passion, crucifixion, and resurrection.

In addition to services on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, Eastgate will offer worship services on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.  Rev. Joshua Patty, Senior Minister, will continue his Lenten sermon series, “God’s Promises in Hard Times,” through Easter, exploring how the signs of hope and promise in the hardest moments of Jesus’ life offer encouragement during life’s challenges today.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, April 13 at 10:25 a.m.  Worship service, which remembers Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, will include the procession of palms, special music, and Holy Communion.  Instead of a sermon, there will be a radio play, “The Second Day,” which considers the immediate reaction to Jesus’ crucifixion.

The Maundy Thursday worship will be on April 17 at 7:00 p.m.  This service honors Christ’s institution of the Lord’s Supper and the commandment to “love one another,” and will include a meditation, “In Times of Abandonment, a Prayer,” special music, and Holy Communion.  It will conclude with a tenebrae service, featuring readings and music reflecting on Jesus’ arrest and trial.

The Good Friday service will be on April 18 at 7:00 p.m.  In the shadow of Jesus’ crucifixion, it will include brief meditations on “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” which Jesus spoke from the cross.

The Great Vigil of Easter will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m.  This ancient service, which transitions from the loss of Jesus’ death to the hope of Jesus’ resurrection, recalls some of the greatest demonstrations of God’s power and salvation in Jewish history.  It includes special music, a celebration of the sacrament of baptism, and Holy Communion.

The week concludes with worship on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 10:25 a.m.  The Easter service will include special music and Holy Communion.  Rev. Patty will conclude his Lenten sermon series with God’s most important promise to us in hard times, “...Always.”