Holy Week at Laurelton
Following is the worship and event schedule for Holy Week
Sunday, March 24th – Palm Sunday
Worship 10:00 a.m.; Elder Linda Sullivan; Look for sharing this worship service with Eco-palms that we purchased through the Presbyterian Church (USA) (www.pcusa.org) website as part of their “Enough for Everyone” program.; Special Offering – “One Great Hour of Sharing”
Tuesday, March 26th – Ecumenical Tenebrae Service
St. Ambrose Church – 7:30 p.m., this is a joint service sponsored by the Northeast Cluster of Churches. In years past, it has been a wonderful service and a great chance to get to meet our neighbors. There is also an opportunity for singers if people are interested.
“Tenebrae comes from the Latin for darkness or shadows. Candles are extinguished during the service to symbolize the gathering darkness of Christ's betrayal and death.”
Thursday, March 28th – Maundy Thursday
Pot Luck dinner – 6:00 p.m.; sign up on the kiosk in Christler Hall for a dish to pass.
Worship/Communion at 7:00 p.m. following Pot Luck dinner. After worship, we will strip the sanctuary of paraments and other symbols as we transition into Good Friday.
“The name [Maundy Thursday] is taken from the first words sung at the ceremony of the washing of the feet, “I give you a new commandment” (John 13:34); also from the commandment of Christ that we should imitate his loving humility in the washing of the feet (John 13:14–17). The penitential acts of Maundy Thursday have celebratory aspects as well: restoration through the bold declaration of pardon; the act of foot washing connoting humility and intimacy; the celebration of the Lord’s Supper embodying the mystery of Christ’s enduring redemptive presence. Maundy Thursday’s acts provide the paradox of a celebratively somber and solemnly celebrative service.”
Friday, March 29th– Good Friday
8:45-11 a.m. - Ecumenical Walk of the Stations of the Cross. The walk will begin at First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Ave. As we remember the passion of Christ, we too remember this is our time to gather for "solidarity against violence and injustice. Please join your fellow Faith in Action Network (formerly GRCC) members for this Ecumenical Walk.
12:00 p.m. Worship Service in Laurelton’s sanctuary
After worship, we will be draping the cross on our front lawn with a black cloth and crown of thorns.
“The Good Friday service is a penitential service, yet it is also a celebration of the good news of the cross. The passion narrative according to John is read on Good Friday, because at the heart of John’s passion narrative is the good news of the cross — the victory of the cross. Thus, John’s emphasis on crucifixion and glory corresponds to the tension and ambiguity of the day.”
Sunday, March 31st – Easter Sunday –
Sunrise Service @ Durand Eastman Park Beach, Lakeshore Blvd., 6:30 a.m. (sunrise is at 6:42 a.m.); Parking lot B
Rev. Sam Picard
Special Offering – “One Great Hour of Sharing”
Bring in flowers to share and to adorn the cross on Laurelton’s front lawn after worship.