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Easter Services – Holy Week

Posted on 31 March 2012 No Comments yet

Holy Week is probably the most significant week in the Church Calendar, when we remember the passion of Jesus, and his final few days;

We start with Palm Sunday, celebrating the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem; the crowds of people greeting him excitedly, anticipating the arrival of this new King, this Messiah.

And then we follow through the week, as it becomes apparent that what the people expected, and what they got, were two entirely different things.
The revolution of Jesus would not give them a new King to overthrow the Romans as they imagined; it was a revolution of the heart… it was a new way of living with love and generosity to all, a vision of stewardship, service and sacrifice.

Disappointment, confusion, frustration and despair, all occur through this week, and an impending sense of tragedy unfolds.
This we mark most clearly on Maundy Thursday, as we recall Jesus’s last supper; then Good Friday, as we solemnly remember the crucifixion of Jesus.

But that’s not the end; Easter Sunday waits for us at the end of this week; a new day, a new start, a reminder of a fragile and yet persistent hope…

Holy Week incorporates the grand moments of human life, joy, expectation, despair, sadness, loss, passion and finally Hope.
Through the week we discover the God who shares in all aspects of our own complex lives..
Please Join us if you can….

Palm Sunday – 2 April
8.00 am Holy Communion
10.00 am Parish Communion – starting at St Mary’s and Processing to United Reformed Church, Church Lane.

6.30 pm Service of readings and music to prepare for Holy Week, (no evensong)

Monday
8.00 pm Holy Communion

Tuesday
8.00 pm Holy Communion

Wednesday
8.00 pm Healing Service

Maundy Thursday
8.00 pm Commemoration of the Last Supper

Good Friday
12.00 noon – Lent Lunch
2.00 pm Service – The Last Hour

Easter Saturday
8.30pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Festival Parish Communion – St Mary’s
10.00am Easter Celebration – St Barnabas


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