Holy Week at Shepherd of the Hills

April 1st begins Holy Week.  Our Holy Week services start with our Palm-Sunday service, which is at our regular Divine-Service time of 9:30 AM.  The sermon text will be based on the Old Testament reading from Zechariah 9:9-10.

On Thursday, April 5th, is our Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 PM, which will focus on the epicenter of Christ’s New Covenant for us: His Supper.  In this service, we will use parts from the oldest liturgies in the Church, even including the liturgy of St. James (the New Testament Church’s first liturgy used in Jerusalem) and the Didache.  The sermon will be based on Exodus 24:3-11.

On Good (God’s) Friday, April 6th, we remember Jesus’ sacrificial death for our eternal life.  This service, also at 7:00 PM, is the most-solemn service in the Church year, with the altar stripped of all its colors.  The sermon will be based on Isaiah 53:1-6.

On Easter Sunday, April 8th, we will have two services: 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM.  Between the services, our men will be cooking a hearty breakfast, perfect for “breaking the fast” for those who have fasted as a spiritual discipline during Lent.