Wednesday noon begins our Holy Week journey. We will celebrate communion on Wednesday at 12 noon, followed by The Largest Table community meal with our homeless and marginally housed neighbors, joined by new volunteers from all walks of life. Our new volunteers are “Daring to Dine” with those whose only hot meal this Holy Week will be at our church table.
On Thursday we will observe Maundy Thursday, when we remember and celebrate the final supper Jesus shared with his disciples in the context of Passover. In the context of a Taize worship service at 6pm, we will share communion and then observe the ancient ritual of footwashing. We will “Dare to Receive” as our clergy wash the feet of those attending, as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. You may participate in the actually foot washing, or in a symbolic foot washing station (without removing your socks). I invite you to read the Gospel of John, Chapter 13, verses 1-20, to learn more about this ancient ritual. After the Maundy Thursday service, all are invited to join our clergy as we prepare the altar and sanctuary for Good Friday.
On Good Friday, we will worship at 6pm with a holy drama, the Service of Shadows (or Tenebrae). Tenebrae is derived from the Latin word meaning darkness or shadow. Throughout this service, we will hear the story of the Betrayal, the Denial, the Accusation, the Scourging, and the Crucifixion (John 18:1--19:42), as “Death Dares” Jesus to succumb to the world. The purpose of this service is to recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the events of Good Friday. The service is then left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day. Good Friday is one of our most sacred days in the Christian tradition, and its observance prepares us to celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection.
On Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, at 11 AM a group will gather to re-decorate the sanctuary “Daring to Believe” in the promise of Resurrection Sunday. Please contact Assistant Pastor Rachael Gardner if you are available to participate in the Easter Vigil this year.
Then on Easter Sunday 2018, we will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and our relationship with the Risen Christ, Daring to Hope! The resurrection story in the Gospel of John, Chapter 20, is our first Christian story with the “good news,” the hope, of the Risen Christ. When Mary Magdalene saw, and believed, and announced, the entire course of human history was changed. Come see the marvelous updates we have made at St. John’s, as we enjoy an All Church Easter Worship service at 11am, featuring special music from our children, our traditional music team, and our contemporary music team. All are welcome! (No 9am service on Easter Sunday).
You are also invited to join us for an Easter breakfast at 10am, as you enjoy an Easter filled with the signature music of St. John’s and as we continue to live into God’s call for our church to be “a beacon of HOPE in the heart of the city.”
So you know there is road construction in front of the church.
Construction continues on Mound Street, with a major change to the traffic pattern; Mound Street is now one-way, westbound. Thanks to our good neighbors at the Franklin County Parking Garage, St. John's continues to enjoy free parking on Sundays. Please note, though, that you'll now enter from Mound Street by turning left as you head west, since there is no longer eastbound access.
In abundant hope this Holy Season,