Holy Week Services:
Because A Lot Happened Between Palm Sunday and Easter
Holy week, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, is not just Spring Break, it was also an emotional roller coaster for Jesus and his disciples. It began with a literal parade in Jesus’ honor transitioning right into Jesus’ righteous indignation at the Temple and those who were turning His Father’s house into a den of robbers, and that was just the first day. During the week, Jesus was betrayed by his closest friends, refocused a 4,000-year-old tradition, was brought before both religious and civil judges, convicted on false charges, and suffered one of the most painful forms of corporal punishment imaginable. While we all know that he rose on Easter Sunday, we so often miss the important fact that he died first. There are several services available for those who wish to remember and experience these events, and these are just a few of them. If you do not experience Holy Week with us, I encourage you to remember them somehow.
As in years past, the Methodists and Presbyterians will join together for services during holy week, and all are invited to join us. Our first service for the week is a Messianic Seder Meal which will be held at Pelzer Methodist Church at 6 pm on April 13th. The traditional Passover meal (or Seder) has been celebrated by Jewish families for the last 6,000 years as a remembrance of God’s saving them (us) from slavery to the Egyptians, specifically in his passing over the houses marked by the blood of the lamb. Jesus celebrated this same feast with his disciples, but in it, called them (and us) to remember God’s saving us from slavery to Sin and Death by marking us by the blood of the Lamb. The service will include a catered meal.
The Good Friday service will be held at 7 pm at Pelzer Presbyterian Church/Abundant Life Ministries on April 14th. This service will be a Tenebrae Service (or service of diminishing light) and will feature Scripture and song remembering Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and crucifixion. The music will be contemporary contemplative with both traditional hymns and more modern choruses.
Holy Saturday, April 15th, the Faith Presbyterian Food Bank will have their monthly Saturday Distribution. What better way to celebrate Christ’s sacrifice than to serve others as He showed us. The food bank will distribute from 9am-11am, and for those wishing to volunteer (and we welcome anyone) the hours are 8:30 am to 11:15 am. Saturday afternoon at 2 pm, Rev. Ochart will perform a dramatic reading of the Gospel of Luke in its entirety. This reading will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church and will be available to view in person or on our YouTube channel.
Easter Sunday, April 16th, the Presbyterians and Methodists will again join together for a Community Sunrise
service at 6 am in the Mineral Springs Park. We will meet at the stone pulpit, seating is available, but you may want to bring a chair for a more comfortable experience. The Presbyterians will have an Easter Worship Service at 11 am, preceded by an Egg Hunt at 10 am. Grace Methodist’s Easter service will be at 11 am, Pelzer Methodists’ service will be at 10 am, and Abundant Life Ministries (which is meeting in the Pelzer Presbyterian Sanctuary) will be at 10:30 am.
Have a contemplative Holy Week and a very happy and meaningful Easter.