Join us at 7pm Tonight for a Special Maundy Thursday Service!
Maundy Thursday Communion Service
TONIGHT – Thursday, April 17 at 7:00pm
A special communion service focusing on Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Last Supper and featuring the Mill Creek High School Mastery Ensemble, directed by Stephanie D. Archer, Choral Director. Childcare is available for children 3 years and younger.
Today is Maundy Thursday—the Thursday before Easter. Today we take time to remember the Last Supper, when Jesus and his disciples gathered to dine together in the upper room for the last time before his death.
Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:31-35)
The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word for commandment (mandatum), which Jesus talked about when he told his disciples that he was leaving them “a new commandment,” that they “love one another.” He also told them that someone in that very room would betray him. During the gathering, he passed the bread, and then the wine, he spoke ominous, comforting words: “this is my body… this is my blood.” His words connected with what he had said on the shores in Galilee…
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty…. whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:35, 54).
Jesus told them to repeat this unique meal in the future, and then it was time to go. In a quiet garden among olive trees, Jesus prayed in agony. The specter of shameful execution and of bearing the curse of sin tore into the human consciousness of Jesus. And in the end it was sheer obedience to the divine plan that carried Jesus into the hands of the conspirators waiting for him.
What would have been going on in your mind if had you been one of the disciples? Share your answer in the comment below and learn more at the Maundy Thursday service tonight at 7pm!
Good Friday Service “The Labyrinth”
TOMORROW – Friday, April 18 at 7:00pm
This celebration and contemplation service guides you even further on Jesus’s journey to the cross with special music, video, readings and a time of reflection, meditation and prayer. Childcare is available for children 3 years and younger.
EASTER SUNDAY – Sunday, April 20
Celebrate the empty tomb with us – He has risen!
7:00am in the Outdoor Celebration Tent
Early risers will love this service celebrating the risen Christ.
Traditional Easter Service
8:00am, 9:30am & 11:00am in the Sanctuary
Enjoy the wonderful traditions of Easter at this service with orchestra, choir and a special message.
Share the Love of Easter Outdoor Mission Service for The Pantry
9:30am & 11:00am in the Outdoor Celebration Tent
If you enjoy helping others, your hearts will be overflowing with the love of Christ at this outdoor mission service. Please bring donations for The Pantry and share the love of Easter with those in need.
Special Crosstown Kids Easter Services
8:00am, 9:30am & 11:00am on “The Rooftop”
Crosstown Kids, Pre-K – 5th grade are invited to choose from three special Easter services; Bible Brunch at 8:00am and our high-energy multi-media Easter on The Rooftop at 9:30am and 11:00am. Please RSVP for Bible Brunch!
Easter Dinners for The Pantry – Please Help!
Give the gift of Easter dinner for our families who depend on the Food Pantry. Your donation of $35.00 will purchase a complete meal with a ham and all of the trimmings. Register online below or place a check in the offering plate with “Easter Dinner” in the memo line.
give now*Choose Giving – Give Now and select the “Food Pantry” fund option. Please enter “Easter Dinner” in the description.