Holy Week 2021

Celebrating Christ's Death and Resurrection

Holy Week at St. Peter's First Community Church

Holy Week is the name Christians have given to the days of the year we devote to remembering Christ's arrival in Jerusalem, his last supper, his death, and his resurrection. Christ's death and resurrection are at the heart of Christian faith. At SPFCC, we try to memorialize and celebrate them thoroughly. We hope this schedule helps you plan to observe these important days, both on your own and with others.

Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, we remember when Jesus entered into Jerusalem, with people cheering and celebrating him as the messiah, the king who would save them. We read that story from one of the gospels and wave palms. 

  • 9:30am - Worship (in-person and live streamed). 
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time (on Zoom): A congregant will teach us how to fold a palm frond into a cross. Megan Condry will show us how to use that cross to help us pray throughout Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday. This is the day Jesus washed his disciples' feet and then shared his last supper with them. Jesus showed us two of the most important traits of his disciples: humility and servanthood. He also instituted the Lord's Supper (also known as communion), which is one of Christianity's most important practices. It is a time of deep, loving connection with God and with others, that prepares us to go into the world as servants.

  • We encourage you to pray this liturgy (written by Pastor Zen) at dinner time.
  • Pray with us at morning prayer at 9:30am on Zoom.
  • Join in for story time (geared for kids but open to everyone) with Megan Condry on Zoom at 7pm.

Good Friday. This is the day on which Christ was crucified, which is a horrible form of execution reserved for the most despised criminals in ancient Rome. Christians believe that Christ's death, by some holy mystery, is part of God's great overthrow of death and sin in our world. 

  • Throughout the day, you may wish to read John 18-19, which tells the story of Christ's crucifixion.
  • The group Poor Bishop Hooper has a beautiful music-based devotion for the day, which you could use for personal or family devotions. 
  • 8:00pm - Worship. We will gather in-person and on YouTube to hear Scripture, sing hymns and preaching, and to pray for the world. If you plan to attend in-person, please enter the sanctuary in silence.

Holy Saturday. The first disciples spent time praying and wondering what to do next, since their savior was dead. This day has often been reserved for fasting (not eating food) and long times of prayer. 

  • You may wish to visit the grave of a loved one, and pray for Christ to come soon that we may all enjoy life eternal together. Spend time praying for all the saints who have entered death before us.
  • Try praying this liturgy (written by Megan Condry) on your own or with others. 

Easter Sunday. This is the day when we celebrate Christ being raised from the dead. We burst out into praise as often as we can, often shouting "He is risen!" even when no one is listening. We worship together, eat together, and find ways to rejoice.

  • 7:30am - Sunrise Service. We'll gather at Sunken Gardens for a simple service of prayer, song, preaching and communion, led by ministry leaders from around Huntington.
  • 9:30am - Easter Worship. We'll gather in-person and on YouTube for Easter Morning worship.
  • 11:15am - Easter Feasting. We'll connect on Zoom as we prepare our Easter lunches (or eat them!). This is an informal time to chat and enjoy one another's company.
  • 8:30pm - Hymn Sing. A few friends from the congregation will lead a time of worship on Facebook Live to close out Easter Day.

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