Palm Sunday — March 28, 11 a.m.
Palm Sunday begins Holy Week. On this day we process forward with palm branches in order to reenact Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (see Luke 19:37-40).
On this day too, we will hear the Peace Lutheran Choir sing “Hosanna!” “Hosanna” a transliteration of the Hebrew phrase that expresses the plea “Lord, save us”— a cry of joyful hope. Come, wave your palm branch and celebrate Jesus — the Victorious King!
Maundy Thursday — April 1 at 7 p.m. with Holy Communion.
This service captures the happenings of Jesus with his disciples in the Upper Room before his arrest and betrayal. This service gives us much to think about. If we were there as one of Jesus’ disciples, what would we have been thinking? Undoubtedly, we’d marvel at Jesus’ call for humble service as he washed his disciples’ feet.
Come this night to hear about Jesus’ desire to serve you! The stripping of the altar ends the Maundy Thursday service — this is a moving way to represent Jesus’ humiliation at the hands of those who crucified him. The stripping of the altar happens in silence as we prepare our hearts and minds for Good Friday and Jesus’ death.
Good Friday — April 2 at 7 p.m.
What is so good about Good Friday? Come and find out! This is an austere and simple service that focuses on the fulfillment of God’s promises in Christ Jesus’ death — the full payment for our sins — that’s why Good Friday is “good.”
At Peace we recognize this in a personal way. Each participant receives a nail at the beginning of worship that can then be placed into the cross in the narthex at the conclusion of the service. This reminds us that our debt has been paid by Jesus’ death. We will also be reminded that Jesus has taken the load of sin off our shoulders as the Peace Lutheran Choir sings, “Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs.”
Easter — April 4 at 11 a.m. with Holy Communion.
Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus did not remain in the tomb but rose from the tomb and lives. This is a day of celebration! We will hear some powerful songs sung by our Peace Lutheran Choir (and Youth Choir) and sing some ourselves.
When the pastor says, “Alleluia. Christ is risen”, be ready to reply, “He is risen indeed! Alleluia.” This is our way of saying, “Jesus wins and so do we!”
The drive-in communion service will take place in the parking lot. Enjoy the service in your car and tune in to 103.5 FM.
All services will be live-streamed at www.facebook.com/PeaceinPhilomath and www.PeaceinPhilomath.com. An Easter Egg Hunt follows the Sunday Service at 12:15 p.m. The church is located at 5504 Applegate St. For more information, call 541-929-5504.
Please invite friends and family to experience each of these special services. Holy Week is a journey … and we look forward to walking with you.