Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week; the week where we mark the time when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, knowing he was nearing the end. Later in the week we’ll mark his last gathering with his disciples on Maundy Thursday, and his death on the cross on Good Friday. On this day we will also have our annual meeting, and that means a lunch after church!
Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter, observed in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper.
The name is thought to be a Middle English derivation taken from a Latin anthem sung in Roman Catholic churches on that day: “Mandatum novum do vobis” (“a new commandment I give to you”; John 13:34). In most European countries, Maundy Thursday is known as Holy Thursday; other names are Green Thursday (Gründonnerstag; common in Germany), from the early practice of giving penitents a green branch as a token for completing their Lenten penance, and Sheer Thursday (clean Thursday), which refers to the ceremonial washing of altars on this day.
Join us for dinner church – come for the food – stay for the faith.
A possible reason for Good Friday’s moniker may be the holiday’s ties to Easter Sunday, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ. Because Jesus couldn’t have been resurrected without dying, the day of his death is, in a sense, “good.” This terrible Friday has been called Good Friday because it directly leads to the Resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death and sin and thus the celebration of Easter, the very pinnacle of Christian celebrations.
Join us in person or online for this somber evening service starting at 7 pm.