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 – April 9, 11:00 a.m.
The first Sunday of Holy Week is commonly called Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday focuses on the entry of Christ into Jerusalem to shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mark 11:9). As we celebrate Palm Sunday, it’s important to capture the irony of the day. This is the day on which Jesus entered the city in triumph, but as a part of his journey to the cross; this is the week in which the crowd’s cries of “Hosanna” would soon turn to “Crucify him!”
Rev. David J. Hanna will delver the sermon Unknown People:
When one thinks about the nameless people who helped Jesus in the last week of his earthly life, those who gave him kindness and allegiance, there’s one thing that stands out – that goodness is found in surprising places and in unexpected, nameless, unknown people.
Regular Sunday School programs will be held as usual beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Maunday Thursday and The Sacrament of Holy Communion- April 13, 7:00 p.m.
On Maundy Thursday the church remembers the last evening Jesus shared with his disciples in the upper room before his arrest and crucifixion. Maundy Thursday marks three key events in Jesus’ last week: his washing of his disciples’ feet, his institution of the Lord’s Supper, and his new commandment to love one another. This service begins the Triduum, the three-day period from sunset on Thursday to sunset on Easter Day. The name “Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin mandatum novum, referring to the “new commandment” Jesus taught his disciples (John 13:34). In other words, this is “new commandment Thursday.”
Seminarian Ben C. Fitzgerald-Fye will deliver the sermon Message in a Basin:
We often recount the words of Jesus when looking at Scripture and we are also taught by the actions of Jesus. In this reading, we see a Savior who teaches powerful lessons of humility and service through the action of washing feet. These lessons, and the reactions of the disciples, form a complete message of service for the modern church.
Rev. Richard L. Cassel and Rev. David J. Hanna will deliver the liturgy and preside at the Communion Table.
Good Friday – April 14, 7:00 p.m.
The name Tenebrae, meaning “shadows,” is a service from the early Christian Church. Pondering the events that led to the crucifixion of Christ, nothing could more emphatically express the grief that weighs down the heart of the Christian community. During the service, there is the gradual extinguishing of lights in the church until only a single candle, considered a symbol of Christ, remains to be extinguished. Near the end of the service, a strepitus (“loud noise”) is made, symbolizing the shutting of the tomb. Following the closing prayer, all depart in silence.
Rev. David J. Hanna, Rev. Richard L. Cassel, Seminarian Ben C. Fitzgerald and Lay Readers will deliver the liturgy.
Easter Sunday – April 15, 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 death to life, from darkness to light, from sunset to sunrise, from sorrow to celebration, and from defeat to the victory of the love of God on Easter morn.
The Easter Service is a festive worship with organ, brass, and the Chancel Choir.
Rev. David J. Hanna will deliver the sermon Unused Tombstone:
The idea of an “unused tombstone” may at first seem depressing or a bad joke. However, think about it: An unused tombstone means that its previous owner no longer has any use for it. It’s an unnecessary item. This is indeed what the Easter story is about. The tomb is empty! The tombstone is not needed.
Prior to the 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 fine youth and children! Come anytime for breakfast between 9 a.m and 10 a.m. The Easter play will begin at approximately 10 a.m.