CHANGE OF SCHEDULE: Due to the need for social distancing to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we will not be able to gather in person for Easter worship this year. We invite you to join in these digital Holy Week and Easter gatherings. We pray you and your family are safe in this unexpected season of life, and we look forward to gathering in spirit and truth to celebrate God’s mighty work in Jesus Christ, which promises new life for us all. 

Holy Week  Service

MAUNDY THURSDAY – April 9

Our plan for Maundy Thursday was to join with the Church of South Washington to remember the Last Supper in the Upper Room. We are sticking with the plan to gather as a community of churches on Thursday, and will be moving the joint gathering to Zoom. We will have a brief message to recall the story of the Upper Room, and then will divide into smaller groups on the Zoom call, where we can share with one another in prayer – both for our community and for our world.

You can join the Zoom call on Thursday at 7:00pm by phone or computer with the following information. Anyone who needs support getting on should contact Pastor Thomas before Thursday evening.

https://zoom.us/j/427630185

Meeting ID: 427 630 185
Phone +1 929 205 6099

 

GOOD FRIDAY – April 10

On Good Friday, we will share a service of Tenebrae, which offers us a chance to hear the full Passion narrative in a service of shadows and darkness. Participants from across the Church of South Washington will be participating in sharing the story, and providing the music for the service. The service will be available on Friday at 7pm on WSUMC.LIVE, and through Facebook Live, at fb.com/WashingtonStUMC. If you can’t join in at 7pm, the recording of the service will be available to watch once the live video has ended. You’re invited to take time on Friday to remember the sacrifice of Christ.

 

EASTER SUNDAY – April 12

Easter Sunday is Easter Sunday, even when we are not gathered in person for worship. Like the disciples on that first Easter morning, our experience this year with Easter will be from a sheltered place of social distancing. And yet, the power of the Biblical promise is that, isolated and in quarantine, in person or online, Christ still overcomes the power of the grave!

We will begin the morning with a Sonrise reading of the Easter message on Facebook. We’ll have members of all four churches of the Church of South Washington sharing in the reading that will be posted around 6:30am. Whenever you wake up in the morning, pull up fb.com/WashingtonStUMC and share in the joy of the Easter story.

Then, join in Easter Worship at 10am. It will be a very different Easter Worship experience; it will be a one-of-a-kind Easter Sunday; but we will gather at 10am on WSUMC.LIVE and celebrate the power of God over death in the witness of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Whether in your Easter dress, or your most comfy PJs – whether before or after a hunt for golf balls in the back yard (because who can afford to use up all the eggs!?) – come and join with the community online as we celebrate the Good News … as we celebrate the Best News!