Palm/Passion Sunday, April 13, 2014, 10 a.m.
This service embodies the sharp contrasts of Holy Week. We experience the joyous demonstration of loyalty to Jesus as he enters Jerusalem to waving palms and loud Hosannas before reading the passion story. We need to remember this story as we enter Holy Week. We will retell parts of it again on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. We need to remember Jesus’ suffering and death to fully celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7 p.m.
The name Maundy comes from mandate. This is the time we celebrate Jesus’ new mandate to his disciples that they love one another (John 13:34). This love is demonstrated by washing one another’s feet. Please consider participating in this ritual.
Communion–This is not a reenactment of the last supper. This is the sacrament where we remember Jesus’ teachings and sacrifice, retell the story of God’s love and saving acts, offer thanks and look forward to the eschatalogical banquet (i.e. the Kingdom realized). We will serve one another, passing the bread and cup around the gathered Body of Christ.
Stripping of the Altar–remembering that Jesus was arrested after the supper, we will “strip the altar” at the conclusion of the service. This reminds us of the desolation and abandonment of the long night in Gethsemane. Our chancel will remain bare until the Easter Vigil.
Good Friday, April 18, 2014 – Way of the Cross in the Streets, 12 Noon (one hour walk) followed by a brief service of worship at 1 p.m. at Barre Congregational Church
This Ecumenical procession of the cross is a witness of faith as we walk through downtown Barre to remember Christ’s sacrifice of love through scripture and prayer. We will begin at Barre Congregational Church at Noon.
At 1 p.m., we will hold a brief (approx. 30 minutes) Ecumenical Good Friday worship at Barre Congregational Church. This is a time to remember and reflect on Jesus’ death on the cross.
Easter Vigil, Saturday April 19, 2014, 8 p.m.
The Easter Vigil is the first service of Easter. This service includes the lighting of the paschal candle (the Christ candle which will be lit for worship services for the fifty days of Easter). We will renew our baptismal vows and share Holy Communion. This service is generally over an hour long. The service will begin on the front lawn of the church.
Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014
6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service at Currier Park
An Ecumenical celebration of joy at the break of dawn with songs, scripture and the story of Christ’s Resurrection.
9:30-10:00 a.m. Fellowship at Hedding
Join us for coffee and cinnamon rolls!
10:00 a.m. Easter Celebration
A joyful celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. Includes Holy Communion.
Do you have questions? Wondering about God? Looking for community?
Come and meet the people of Hedding United Methodist Church. We are on a journey together seeking to be God’s people in this time and place. Won’t you join us?
Come and see what we’re about–worship with us on Sunday at 10 am; stop by and chat with our pastor on Tuesday or Thursday morning; join us for a free community supper on Friday evenings from 5:300-6:30 pm.
Our website offers some history and information, contact us if you have questions.
Accessibility and Welcome for all
At Hedding, we welcome persons with different abilities as fellows on the journey of faith in Christ.
For Hearing Assistance we provide ear bud devices for amplification of worship services.
For Mobility Assistance we provide an HC accessible entrance, elevator and restroom. The entrance is off Church Street at our HC parking places.
For those with Developmental Issues, we encourage full participation in all aspects of church life from worship to Sunday School to Christian service and development.
+ Rev. Kim E. Kie
Pastor, Hedding United Methodist Church
40 Washington St., Barre, Vermont 05641