If you are seeking an opportunity to experience a traditional walk through Holy Week, the most sacred time in the Christian Calendar, we welcome you to join us.
At Calvary, we mark the final days of Jesus life, his crucifixion, and resurrection with a service dedicated to each defining moment of the week.
Below are the dates and times of each service along with a general description and meaning behind each one.
Each service will be accompanied by the fine musical contributions appropriate to the service, including the organ and choirs in our Music Ministry.
Palm Sunday – March 25 at 11:00 a.m.
Palm Sunday highlights on the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mark 11:9). However, as we celebrate Palm Sunday, it is vital to capture the irony of the day. An integral tension which exists between joyfulness of the palm processional and the somberness of the cross, the focus of Holy Week.
Rev. David J. Hanna will deliver the sermon Clashing Kingdoms based on Zechariah 9:9-10 and Mark 11:1-11:
Two processions, two kingdoms. To which do you belong? That was the question for the disciples then, and it the same question for those who seek to be faithful followers of Jesus now. Which procession? Which kingdom?
Maunday Thursday and The Sacrament of Holy Communion- March 29 at 7:00 p.m.
On Maundy Thursday we call to mind the last evening and last meal Jesus had with his disciples before his arrest and his crucifixion. The name “Maundy Thursday” is the Latin phrase “mandátum novum,” which refers to the “new commandment” Jesus taught us, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34).
Student Pastor Ben C. Fitzgerald-Fye will deliver the sermon Sweat Like Blood based on Luke 22:14-23 and Luke 22:39-46:
Jesus and his disciples gather in a room preparing for a familiar scene when Jesus will offer the bread and the wine. As they gather, betrayal and darkness are gathering also. Jesus sits at the table with the betrayer and soon a sequence of events will occur that lead us to the cross. In the midst of these events, Jesus kneels in a garden and prays, prays with a humanity that astounds us. At the table and in the garden, Jesus teaches us the power of our humanity, our capacity for love, and the truest nature of our call to serve.
Rev. David J. Hanna will deliver the liturgy and preside at the Communion Table along with Rev. Richard Cassel.
Good Friday – March 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Without the recognition of the significance and seriousness of the cross, there is a distorted view of Holy Week. To skip from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to Jesus’ resurrection evades the pivotal event of Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross. The Good Friday service is a penitential and pensive service.
Rev. David J. Hanna will deliver the sermon At the Foot of the Cross based on readings from Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25 and Mark 15:1-5, 25-47
At 3 p.m., Jesus “gave a loud cry and breathed his last.” What lessons must we learn at the foot of the cross?
Easter Sunday – April 1 at 11:00 a.m.
All the hopes of Christian people are fulfilled in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, making Easter the most important day of the church year. It reminds Christian people that we move from darkness to light, from sunset to sunrise, from sorrow to celebration, from old life to new life, and from defeat to victory. What Christ accomplished on Easter is a glorious revelation of the future, an entirely new order, a new creation for “everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The Easter Service is a festive worship with organ, brass, and the Chancel Choir.
Rev. David J. Hanna will deliver the sermon A Festival Not A Funeral based on readings from Romans 8:18-23; Mark 16:1-8:
Jesus who was crucified by the powers and authorities has been raised by God. God has said “yes” to Jesus and “no” to the powers that killed him. “Yes” to God’s kingdom and “no” the prideful kingdoms of this world – God cannot be dethroned by any degree of darkness, failure, or wrong.
Prior to the Easter service, and in place of regular Sunday school classes, a pancake breakfast will be followed by an Easter play performed by some of Calvary’s families. Come anytime for breakfast between 9 a.m and 10 a.m. The Easter play will begin at approximately 10 a.m.