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Holy Week & Easter
April 6, 2022 Creekwood United Methodist Church

Holy Week & Easter

Posted in Deep Thoughts
CreekwoodUMC - Palm Sunday CreekwoodUMC - Maundy Thursday
Creekwood - Good Friday Creekwood - Easter Sunday

In 2010, I preached through Lent using Adam Hamilton’s book “24 Hours that Changed the World.” In it, Hamilton takes the reader through nearly hour by hour what Jesus was experiencing, and I used it as a guide for worship because often I found either empathy with what Jesus was going through – or – immense gratitude for what Jesus had done for me.

Each year, we have a similar opportunity to experience the focal point of the Gospel journey during Holy Week. Holy Week begins this year on Sunday, April 10 at Palm Sunday and culminates on Easter Morning, Sunday, April 17. Here’s a run-down of how you can journey with Jesus through this world-shaping time, here at Creekwood. We encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to share this meaningful time together.

Palm Sunday :: April 10

8:30 a.m. – Traditional Worship

9:45 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt for all grades on the south lawn

11:00 a.m. – Contemporary Worship

After Worship – take a potted flower to one of our home-bound members

Children and the choir will enter waving their palms, just like the followers of Jesus did on the streets of Jerusalem as they hoped their Savior was marching in on his donkey to take the throne of Jerusalem. We’ll explore how to put our prayers into action, like Jesus did. However, as we journey throughout the week we will see how Jesus’ idea of what it means to be King differs from our world’s definition of power.

Starting Sunday morning, you will find prayer stations all over the property of Creekwood. We encourage you to spend some time outdoors, walking in the footsteps of Christ, as you reflect on His closeness with you.

Maundy Thursday :: April 14

6:30 p.m. – A Modern Worship Experience

(family-friendly)

(communion will be served)

Experience the Last Supper through the eyes and ears of the extended family of those gathered around the table with Christ and the music of some modern day prophets. What did Judas’ mother have in common with Jesus’ mother? What was Barabas thinking during all of this? And how are we invited to come to the Table of our Lord, so that we might be transformed as we enter back into the world?

Good Friday :: April 15

6:30 p.m. – A Traditional Worship Experience

(family-friendly)

The story continues from Maundy Thursday into the day that Jesus chose his way to the cross, demonstrating the ultimate love one can have for another. Through the collaboration of scripture, message, and music, we will soberly remember the love Jesus has for us, and how we are called to let God lead us in the same powerful way.

Easter Sunday :: April 17

6:45 a.m. – Sunrise Service (on the south slab)

-music by our youth band

8:30 a.m. – Traditional Worship

11:00 a.m. – Contemporary Worship

(communion will be served at all services)

Join us as we proclaim the amazement of a God that cannot be held down by even death, and the invitation God gives us to eternal life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Come put a flower on the cross, as we turn death into life, and let’s rejoice together for He is Risen!

I also want to remind you of the Spring Festival on Saturday, April 16. There are still opportunities to volunteer, and everyone and anyone is welcome to come have a great time!

Join us for this meaningful week, and invite others to celebrate with you. It is truly a transformational time of the year, and I pray that you find yourself re-energized through the grace and joy of Jesus Christ resurrected.

Peace,

David Lessner

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