Holy Week, the most sacred time in the Christian calendar, is a time when the Calvary church family hosts numerous activities and worship services to commemorate Jesus and his journey to the Cross — from his triumphant return to the city of Jerusalem, to his crucifixion and resurrection.
We welcome newcomers and visitors to join us.
It is a time we reflect on our Christian faith and how the teachings of Jesus live on in our lives today.
It is a time we are reminded of Calvary’s deep commitment to being a church that is enriched by many voices and united in one Spirit, the spirit of a God who loves each one of us abundantly and unconditionally.
Our programs and services each will include contributions from members and clergy alike with warm greetings, fine music appropriate to each occasion, and sermons aimed at helping us understand how the historical significance of Holy Week can be applied to our lives today.
Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 14 at 11:00 a.m.
The first Sunday of Holy Week is commonly called “Palm Sunday.” Palm Sunday focuses 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). 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 only as a part of his journey to the cross and the shouts of “crucify him” by week’s end.
Rev. David J. Hanna will deliver the sermon “Why Is Jesus Crying?” based on Luke 19:29-48.
Why is Jesus crying? He is weeping for the city. He is tearful for the Church. Jesus is weeping for us? Why?
Seder “Freedom Feast” Tuesday, April 16 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Passover Seder is a celebrated and beloved Jewish home ritual, and one of the interesting places in which Judaism and Christianity intersect. It is a ceremony in which freedom is a primary theme – the freedom we remember of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, the freedom we are invited to consider from the things that might enslave us, and the freedom for which we pray and hope for those that are still suffering from oppression of various types.
Maundy Thursday Worship Service including the Sacrament of Holy Communion, April 18 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).
Rev. David J. Hanna will deliver a sermon entitled “Do you understand?” It is based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
On this night we are reminded of Jesus’ last evening, his last meal, and his last words.
Good Friday Worship Service, April 19 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.
Student Pastor Ben Fitzgerald-Fye will deliver the sermon “I am Thirsty” based on readings from Psalm 22, John 18:1-19:42.
At the beginning of our human existence, God intended peace and community. In the history of our existence, we have rebelled and broken both peace and community. Into this brokenness comes a Savior in Jesus Christ. The story of Good Friday is hard to hear, violent, and graphic, a dark moment of human injustice and cruelty. And yet, through the suffering of the cross, the Christ who saves also conquers the injustice and violence of a broken a world. The story of the cross is hard to hear but it is full of hope.
Easter Sunday Celebrations, April 21
Pancake Breakfast and Easter Play at 9:00 a.m.
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 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.
Easter Worship Service 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).
Rev. David J. Hanna will deliver the sermon “No Easter” based on readings from John 20:1-18.
Jesus cried out, “Mary!”, and everything changed.