Holy Week and Easter at West Linn Lutheran

Palm/Passion Sunday - March 24

Sunday Service at 9:30 a.m.

We hear the story of Jesus’ “Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem”–riding on a “donkey”, while people waved “palm branches” and shouted, “Hosanna!”. We’ll have our own Procession With Palms from the fellowship Hall into the Sanctuary. We’ll end our service by Stripping the Altar, as a symbol of Jesus “Cleansing the Temple”.

Maundy Thursday - March 28

Last Supper Re-enactment and Communion - 7:00 p.m.

We will have a dramatic re-enactment of the Last Supper and communion at this service. The name “Maundy” comes from the Latin word “mandatum”, which means “command” or “commandment”. And then Jesus took the bread and cup and said, “This is what will happen on the cross: My body will be broken for you” and “My blood poured out for you” as “a testimony” to my love for you. And he gave one more commandment: “Do this to remember me.”

Good Friday - March 29

Good Friday Service at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church - 7:00 p.m.

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We hear the story of Jesus’ trial, and carrying the cross to the place where he was crucified, what he said on the cross and how he died, and was buried. According to the story, “darkness came over the whole land”. Why call such things “good”? The answer to that question is the same as to the one, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” Even and, perhaps, especially in God’s holy darkness there is grace. “Grace upon grace”. The lights will be dimmed and we’ll light candles, and pray around the cross (the kneelers/railings will still be there) in the tradition of Taize’.

Easter Sunday - March 31

Worship with Holy Communion - 9:30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast - 11:00 a.m.

We gather on “the third day” to celebrate the resurrection with joyous singing and shouting, “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” We remember that we have been joined to the death and resurrection of Christ and celebrate what that means for our lives today and on the last day. We celebrate Holy Communion knowing that Christ the Crucified and Risen One is present “in the breaking of the bread”– the way many disciples experienced the presence of Christ on the first Easter.