Ash Wednesday and Ash Wednesday Seed Planting
On Ash Wednesday, worshippers mark the beginning of Lent with a Service of Worship. This year’s services will be streamed live online at 12:15 p.m. For those who desire, the imposition of ashes will be available in-person. For those who are unable to attend in person, one way to receive ashes at home is to use the ash from the wick of an extinguished tea light candle to make the sign of the cross on your hand (please let the wick cool first).
The Ash Wednesday Seed Planting this year will take place virtually at 4:30 p.m. The Lent calendar will be part of a Lent kit that will provide supplies for the seed planting, the calendar, a devotional, and craft for Palm Sunday Project. Details are forthcoming. Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, when Christians commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. On Palm Sunday, we will hold online worship at 11 a.m. and children participate in the Palm Sunday Project, which will be held online this year (see below). Palm Sunday is Sunday, March 28.
Palm Sunday Project
The Palm Sunday Project helps us to remember Jesus’ journey to the cross and the celebration of Easter. Children in Sunday Church School will participate virtually and Lent and Holy Week-themed activities will be provided.
On Good Friday, a service of worship will be held online at 12:15 p.m. to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Following the service this year, we will replay the singing of Sir John Stainer’s beloved oratorio, “The Crucifixion” by our Chancel Choir. Premiered in London in 1887, Stainer’s oratorio quickly became a much anticipated Good Friday tradition in England and still holds such a place today. Tuneful and approachable yet powerfully dramatic, this hour long choral work vividly retells the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion. The service lasts 75 minutes. In 2021, Good Friday is Friday, April 2.