8:00 am - Holy Eucharist Rite I (no music)
10:30 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II, with music, KidsWord, and YouthWord
A nursery is provided for infants and children through age four during the 10:30 am service.
KidsWord and YouthWord, our Sunday School programs for children and youth, meet during the first part of the 10:30 am service.
Join us after the 10:30 am service for conversation and refreshments in the parish hall.
St. George’s will be adorned with Easter lilies for our celebrations of the Resurrection of our Lord. We invite you to make an offering for lilies, perhaps in a loved one’s memory, or in thanksgiving for a person or other blessing in your life. The suggested donation is $20 per plant. To donate a plant, complete our Easter Lily Dedication Form, and then make your donation via check (made out to St. George’s with “Easter Lilies” in the memo line) or via our Online Donation Form (please note that making the donation will NOT ensure that your dedication is noted in the Eastern bulletins; you must ALSO complete the online dedication form or complete a paper form in church). The submission deadline for donation information to be printed in the Easter bulletins is Monday, April 15th.
sunday, april 14, 8:00 am & 10:30 am
Palm Sunday, also known as the Sunday of the Passion, recalls both Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his suffering on the cross. The observance of Palm Sunday in Jerusalem was witnessed as early as the fourth century, with a procession of people down the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem, waving branches of palms or olive trees as they walked. The Palm Sunday observance was generally accepted throughout the church by the twelfth century. On Palm Sunday, ON PALM SUNDAY, we process into the church waving palm branches and proclaiming “Glory” and “Hosanna,” as we recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But even in the midst of triumph and celebration, we know that Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was to lead him to the cross, a road we walk with him today and throughout this Holy Week.
The 10:30 am service will begin outdoors. We will take part in the Liturgy of the Palms and process with palm branches into the church. The service includes a reading of the Passion Gospel. (Childcare is available.)
monday & tuesday in holy week
april 15 & 16, 12:00 pm
Holy Eucharist Rite II (no music)
wednesday in holy week
april 17, 12:00 pm
Holy Eucharist Rite II with Labyrinth Walk. This service will begin outdoors, with participants walking through the Labyrinth on the lawn, generally 15-30 minutes of walking. (no music)
thursday, april 18, 7:00 pm
On Maundy Thursday, we remember the Last Supper, when Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples, establishing a new covenant in his body and his blood. He also washed the feet of the disciples and told them to serve others in the same way. The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, meaning commandment, in reference to Jesus’ instruction to his disciples at this meal: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). Maundy Thursday also marks the beginning the Triduum, the ancient observation of the three days leading up to Easter. The Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil liturgies together lead us through Christ’s despair, his abandonment by his friends, his suffering, and ultimately his death, toward his resurrection. The observance of Maundy Thursday includes participation in Christ’s final meal with his disciples by washing one another’s feet and celebrating the Eucharist. Finally, we watch as the Altar is stripped of all ornamentation as we prepare to experience the crucifixion once again, to travel through the darkness with Christ and with each other. When we leave this service, we hear no blessing, no dismissal, because it is not yet over.
This service includes (optional) foot-washing, Holy Eucharist, a shared agape meal, and the Stripping of the Altar. Bring fruit, bread, cheese, wine, or juice to share at the agape meal.
friday, april 19, 12:00 pm
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Christ. For many, it is a day of fasting and prayer. The liturgy includes intercessions known as the Solemn Collects dating from ancient Rome, a reading of the Passion Gospel, and the veneration of the cross. Each worshipper is given the opportunity to ponder with gratitude the sacrifice of Christ. Good Friday continues our passage through the Triduum, the ancient observation of the three days leading up to Easter. The Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil liturgies together lead us through Christ’s despair, his abandonment by his friends, his suffering, and ultimately his death, toward his resurrection.
Join us at 11:30 am for the Stations of the Cross, and at 12:00 for the Good Friday liturgy, with meditation, reading of the Passion, and Communion from the reserved Sacrament.
sunday, april 21, 8:00 am & 10:30 am
Easter is the feast of Christ's resurrection. Faith in Jesus' resurrection on the Sunday or third day following his crucifixion is at the heart of Christian belief. In the northern hemisphere, Easter sets the experience of springtime next to the ancient stories of deliverance and the proclamation of the risen Christ. In the west, Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after the vernal equinox. Following Jewish custom, the feast begins at sunset on Easter Eve with the Great Vigil of Easter. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates Easter on the first Sunday after the Jewish Pesach or Passover (which follows the spring full moon). Easter is not merely one day, but a season of fifty days of rejoicing, culminating on the Day of Pentecost. During the Great Fifty Days of Easter, our worship will reflect the earliest traditions of Christian worship, omitting the usual Prayer of Confession and standing, as able, for the Prayers of the People and the Eucharistic Prayer. The Council of Nicaea in 325 declared during the Easter season, Christians would neither kneel nor fast, instead focusing on the joy of the resurrection and our own status as a redeemed Easter people. May God bless you throughout the Easter season.
The 10:30 service will include choral music and the flowering of the cross, and will be followed by a children’s Easter egg hunt and a reception. (Childcare is available.)