Holy Week and Easter Packets!

As we approach another Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter in the midst of a pandemic, I invite you to relish the simplicity of this season in our life together. This year there will be no grand Palm processional, or Easter breakfast, nor will we adorn the sanctuary nearly as lavishly as we have in years past. Because while these are dearly held traditions, they are not necessary for a life of faith. Wherever we are, we already have what we need to follow Jesus.

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.
Whoever serves me, the Father will honour. – John 12:26

Palm & Easter Packet Below are items to supplement your home faith practice:

Instruction for Making a Palm Cross
Prayerful Coloring Pages for All Ages
Maundy Thursday At Home Service
Worship Schedule

As you look over our schedule and other pages of the packet, consider how God is calling you to be present in this neighborhood or world right now. What does your spirit need? How can you connect more with your family or neighbor?  Which story about God do you yearn to hear? You need not do all the things!

Perhaps all you do this week is find your favorite bible and read a few verses and then spend some time praying for the people you care about.  Perhaps you’re ready to see some church friends and decide to stop by for 15 minutes around our Easter Vigil campfire. Or maybe you watch our Good Friday service on Saturday, or our Sunday worship on Tuesday (courtesy of our YouTube videos). Imagine that?!

My prayer is that you will find a place to dwell in God’s promise that new life comes from death – the promise that is made known in Word, in supper, in relationship and in all of creation.  I look forward to greeting you along the way, not yet with a hug, but with an un-tempered love for God and our little corner of God’s emerging kin-dom on earth.

Palm Sunday, Holy Week & Easter 
2021 Worship Schedule

YouTube CHANNEL (SJU by the Zoo) | Zoom Link

March 28th – Palm Sunday
Texts: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 and Mark 11:1-11
SERVICE OF THE WORD – 10:30am LIVE on YouTube & Zoom
We plan to stream live from the sanctuary to YouTube starting at 10:30am. You may still join worship via zoom, and coffee hour will still take place after worship.  

April 1st – Maundy Thursday
Text: John 13:1-17, 31b-35 
There is no service this year. Instead, you might enjoy a meal and do foot washing with your household, or read the gospel out loud together.  For those who received Palm & Easter Packets, a home service is included for use with children, but is appropriate for all ages. 

April 2nd – Good Friday
Texts: Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42 
Darkness & Light Tenebrae Service with Guitar & Virtual Choir – 12:00pm on YouTube
Texts for the service will draw from different faith traditions. 
The pre-recorded service, by Nathan Jensen, will be premiered at noon on Good Friday.  If you watch at noon, you can chat live with others.  It will remain available after it premieres. 

April 3rd –  Vigil of Easter
Campfire Storytime & Costume Contest – 7-9pm on the SJU Front Patio
We’re pulling out the fire pit for an evening of holy hilarity  Stop by anytime between 7-9pm for some bible storytime.  The Green Team invites you to come dressed up as an Environmental Superhero!  What’s your climate justice super power?!  

April 4th –  Easter Sunday
Texts: Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43; Mark 16:1-8
SERVICE OF THE WORD – 10:30am LIVE on YouTube & Zoom
We plan to stream live from the sanctuary to YouTube starting at 10:30am. You may still join worship via zoom, and coffee hour will still take place after worship. 

April 11th – Second Sunday of Easter
Texts: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31
Synod-Wide SERVICE OF THE WORD with Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee Preaching
10:30am on YouTube followed by fellowship & Zoom
 This pre-recorded service will be available on YouTube. Fellowship will be open after worship, using our usual worship zoom link (11:45a).

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