Holy Week & Easter Sunday

Grace and Peace be with you this season of walking with our Lord to the cross! We want to invite you all to be part of this journey here at Epiphany as we continue through Lent into Holy Week and the Great Three Days of Christ’s betrayal, crucifixion, and resurrection. As Lutheran Christians we are people who understand God through the lens of the cross. All we think, say, and do is shaped by our new standing with God (our justification) which was made right by the salvation offered through Jesus’ selfless death, and sealed in trust forever by the empty tomb. Come encounter the God who hung on the cross for you by bearing your witness to the amazing love of God as we gather together this Holy Week. We’ll see you all at the foot of the cross which holds the savior of the entire world!                    –Pastors Charlie and Jay

PALM / PASSION SUNDAY

Austin Campus: 
Sunday, 8:30 & 10:30 AM 

The In My Place narrative by Pamela Stewart, with selected music interspersed, will turn our focus to the cross. 

Far Hills Campus Sanctuary (all services):
Saturday, 5:30 PM 
Sunday, 8:00, 9:00, 10:15 AM

Walter Wangarin’s powerful story, The Ragman, will come to life with the use of puppets and puppeteers. 
This day will begin outside of our worship spaces. We will join together in a grand procession remembering Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  But as the tide quickly turned against Jesus those days, so will our worship. Palm branches will be replaced with nails as we remember Jesus’ great sacrifice on the cross for each of us. 
Easter was originally celebrated in three component parts that culminated with the Great Easter Vigil on Saturday. The day begins on Thursday and flows uninterrupted through Saturday evening – as one great long liturgy.

PRAYER STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Begins in the Far Hills Gathering Space
Thursday, April 13          9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday, April 14               9:00 AM – NOON, 1 PM – 7 PM

Walk the path to the cross through a series of prayer stations. This is an individual time of devotion and prayer that includes twelve separate stations. When you enter the Gathering Space, you will be given a prayer booklet to guide you along the steps. The stations begin with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and conclude with his death on Good Friday. At each of the twelve stations, there will be a Bible reading, questions for reflection and an activity. The stations meander through the hallways, the Sanctuary and the Narthex (just outside the Sanctuary).

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Far Hills Sanctuary
Thursday, April 13, 7:00 PM 

The Thursday before Easter is known as Mandate Thursday, when we observe the command of Christ to love one another, and observe that love in many ways. On this night we observe foot washing, a simple act of charity that serves as an enacted sermon of Christ’s call to love and serve one another. We celebrate Communion – the Lord’s Supper – instituted by Jesus this night, and we conclude the service with the Stripping of the Altar, symbolizing Jesus being stripped of all his earthly belongings as he heads to the cross.  The congregation departs in silence without blessing or dismissal to signify the ongoing nature of this worship.

GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICES

Far Hills Sanctuary
Friday, April 14, NOON & 7:00 PM 

The Friday before Easter, the community gathers to commemorate the passion and death of Christ. The title for the day is a derivation of God’s Friday. The services will focus on Jesus’ last words from the cross. We remember Christ’s death on the cross, and the darkness that shrouded the end of that day. These powerful services, the second day of Holy Week services, again end in silence without blessing or dismissal. 

HOLY SATURDAY – EASTER VIGIL

Begins in the Far Hills Outdoor Chapel
Saturday, April 15, 7:00 PM 
 
The Saturday before Easter is a day of meditation and reflection on the experiences of Lent and the last two days in preparation for the celebration of Easter. It is considered the day of rest and anticipation. Historically, this day was celebrated as the Vigil of Easter that recounts salvation history from creation to the Christ event that serves to keep alive the past and the hope of the future. This service will mark the beginning of the Easter celebration, and the gift of life we receive through baptism and sustained in the gift of communion. 

EASTER SUNDAY – APRIL 16

 

Austin Campus:  8:30 & 10:30 AM

Far Hills Campus: Sunday, 8:00, 9:00, 10:30* AM     

Easter Sunday is THE day we celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death. We celebrate the Resurrected Christ as full light floods the space, flowers adorn the worship space, and music and songs are sung to the rafters. Bring cut flowers for a special flowering of the cross at both campuses! There will also be a carry-in breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at Austin Campus – bring a dish to share. Donuts will be served at Far Hills Campus.                                         *Special Time 

WE COME TO THE EMPTY TOMB ONLY BY WAY OF THE CROSS. We invite you to journey with us!