This is the most important week in the Christian year, as we remember Jesus' final supper with his friends and disciples, his trial, crucifixion, and death, and his resurrection. Here's a quick explanation of all our services this week:
Maundy Thursday, April 17th-- Footwashing Service (in English and Spanish): 7pm, in the FUMC church basement
The name comes from 'Mandatus' which means mandate or commandment, from John 13:34, where Jesus says: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." As Anabaptists, we symbolise this commitment to love and service by washing one another's feet.
Good Friday, April 18th
Joint Service: 10:30 am, at Culloden Church (6060 Culloden St.)
Tenebrae Service: 8pm, in the FUMC sanctuary
It seems strange to call the Friday on which our Lord and Saviour was put to death "Good" -- and yet it is through Jesus' death that we are saved, and so it is good, even if difficult and painful. 'Tenebrae' means 'darkness' or 'shadows', and this contemplative and interactive service helps symbolise for us the darkness that comes with the death of Jesus, the light of the world.
Holy Saturday, April 19
While there are no services held today, this day can be a chance for personal reflection and prayer, as we remember the day between Jesus' death and resurrection, the day when Jesus' body lay in the tomb.
Easter Sunday, April 20 -- Easter Sunday Service: 10:30am at FUMC.
Christ is Risen! This is the most important day in the Christian year, the reason why we hold our worship services on Sunday, and the day when we are at our most celebratory. Jesus Christ defeated death and sin on our behalf, and in his resurrection we, too, are given new life, new purpose, and new hope.