WORSHIP

316 N Broad Street Ext. Nazareth PA 18064 610-759-0376 Early Worship: 8:00am   Late Worship: 10:30am   Sunday School – All Ages – 9:15am 

(Childcare is offered to your children during the 10:30 service)

Early Worship: 8:00am   Late Worship: 10:30am   Sunday School – All Ages – 9:15am

(Childcare is offered to your children during the 10:30 service)

2020 Palm Sunday to Holy Week

Palm Sunday: April 5

On Palm Sunday we remember the celebration of palms and honor that accompanied Jesus as He entered Jerusalem for the last time before His crucifixion. It’s a bittersweet day, as we remember that as our Lord rode into the city that “kills the prophets” (Matthew 23:37), He entered not to celebrate as all would for the Passover, but that He would go through hardship as He prepared for His death. Jesus would pray with great sorrow that the cup of suffering would be passed (Matthew 26:38),  but He would soldier on for God and for our sake. And in the end there would be a resurrection, a joy to be had for His suffering. Let us worship our loving Savior on this day, who loved us even to the point of death. 

Holy Week Readings:  April 6-8, 7 p.m.

Join us for a dynamic and engaging time as we read together our “Holy Week Readings” — a compilation of the Gospel accounts concerning Jesus’ last week before His death. These readings tie together the Scriptures in a story-like format accompanied by hymns of praise and contemplation. Our time reading together will include a pastoral reflection on one of the readings for each night. 

Holy Thursday:  April 9, 7 p.m. with Holy Communion 

Along with our Holy Week readings, we will celebrate Holy Communion together in remembrance of the Last Supper that Jesus shared with His disciples in the Upper Room.

Good Friday:  April 10, 1:45, 2:30, 7:00

Join us for 1:45 p.m. on Good Friday for a special Communion service. At our 2:30 P.M. service,  we will continue our journey with Jesus to the cross with our “Holy Week Readings.” The readings will include the account of Jesus’ death on the cross. At our 7:00 P.M. service, we will once again draw close to our Savior as we remember His death for our sins through our Tenebrae service, a service of light and darkness. We will use candles to symbolize the light that was lost as Jesus took His last breath and waited in the grave for His Resurrection.

Great Sabbath:  April 11, 7 p.m.

Jesus said that the Son of Man “would be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him, insult Him, and spit on Him; they will flog Him and kill Him. On the third day He will rise again.” (Luke 18:31) Jesus was about to experience the reward for His suffering as God raised Him back to life, but it wasn’t the third day yet. On this special worship service, we remember what it’s like to wait for the return of our joy. We wait in hope, knowing that God’s promise is true:  there will be a Resurrection!

RESURRECTION SUNDAY (EASTER)

The Week That Changed the World (Holy Week) comes to a resounding climax on Resurrection Sunday (Easter), the most joyful day of the year for Christians!  It is the day of our Lord’s Resurrection from the grave, the day we celebrate our new life in Christ, and the day we rejoice for loved ones who have died in Christ in the hope that they will rise with Him. It is, most certainly, a day which calls all Christians together to worship the True and Living God!

Here is our schedule of services for Resurrection Sunday, April 12

6:00 a.m.  Easter Sunrise Service beginning in the sanctuary and concluding at God’s Acre with our Brass Choir.

7:00 a.m.  Our Easter Breakfast in the fellowship hall to which all are invited.

8:00 a.m.  Resurrection Sunday Celebration with our inspiring Easter liturgy and special music from our Senior Voice and Handbell Choirs.

10:30 a.m. Resurrection Sunday Celebration with our Easter liturgy and special music from our Brass, Handbell, Cherub, and Senior voice choirs.