Holy Week begins on April 1st, Palm/Passion Sunday, when we “Journey Through Holy Week with Jesus.” Each of our services (9 & 10:30 AM) will be opportunities to put the whole week in context, and to experience the whole journey.
Our next gathering together will be on Thursday, April 5th at 7 PM for our Maundy Thursday service. While we won’t experience a foot washing service, everyone who attends is invited to sandals or shoes with no stockings. In Hartford Hall, we will gather around the table in groups of twelve, once again, as Jesus gathered with his disciples – to celebrate the sacrament of Communion.
We have two opportunities to worship on Friday, April 6th – Good Friday: the Ecumenical Service, with the Christian Congregations of the Dover Area Religious Leaders Association, will come together at St. John’s for the noontime service – based on the Passion Narrative from the gospel recorded by Mark. The our own congregation’s service will happen at 7 PM, and will be a Tenebrae Service (service of shadows) entitled “Lovelight.”
With the dawn of Easter, we hold our First Fire Service at 6 AM, at the outdoor chapel. The lighting of the Christ Candle – reminding us that darkness does not overcome the light – is the centerpiece of this brief service. A bagpiper will play for our procession to the chapel, and our return to the sanctuary.
The High School Sunday School Class at St. John’s will present the 6:30 AM Sunrise Service in the Sanctuary.
Our United Methodist Men will be serving Easter breakfast in Hartford Hall following the Sunrise Service. There’s no charge for the breakfast, but donations are certainly welcome.
Our two Sanctuary Easter celebrations will take place at 9 and 11 AM (Note the later starting time for the second service.). Led by the Adult Choir, Handbell Choir, Jeff and Steve on the Pipe Organ and Grand Piano, and Pastor Mark, these services will celebrate the triumph of life over death – of love over hate – of good over evil. These are great services to invite your friends or family or neighbors or co-workers who don’t have a church home.