Again & Again: A Lenten Refrain has been our worship theme for this season. During Lent, we’ve been reminded that, again and again, suffering and brokenness find us. We doubt again, lament again, mess up again. Again and again, the story of Jesus on the cross repeats—every time lives are taken unjustly, every time the powerful choose corruption and violence, every time individuals forget how to love. With exacerbation we exclaim, “Again?! How long, O God?” And yet, in the midst of the motion blur chaos of our lives, God offers a sacred refrain: “I choose you, I love you, I will lead you to repair.” Again and again, God breaks the cycle and offers us a new way forward. As we begin Holy Week, we need rituals—both old and new—to remember and be transformed into more faithful disciples. Join us for the sacred events this week as again and again, we bring all of who we are to God and trust that God will meet us, time and again, along the way.
Holy Week at Watts Street
Holy Week… is a week to recall your own cost of living the Christian life and drawing strength for the journey from the one who has lived it before us and now fills us with his own eternal life. — Joan Chittister
As we enter again into this sacred week, we invite you to join us for these worship, reflection and community opportunities.
Maundy Thursday Service, Again and Again We Are Held Together
Thursday, April 1, 7 p.m. on Zoom
Join us on Zoom for this Holy Week service as we’ll share in communion together from our homes and remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. We’ll send the link by email earlier that day.
Good Friday, Sacred Space Prayer Stations, 5-7 p.m. Church Playground
Again and again, we find ourselves here. On Good Friday, you’re invited again to encounter the story of Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion and death and the ways it continues to reflect the pain of our lives and the world. Any time from 5- 7 p.m. to come and make a self-guided trip through our Sacred Space Prayer Stations that will be set up on the playground. Please wear a mask and plan to socially distance with others there with you. The bells will toll from the sanctuary at 7 p.m.
Easter, Online service at 11 am, in person Sunrise Service at 6:30 am
Again and again, the sun rises. On Easter morning, we’ll celebrate the resurrection together in our online service at 11 am. Get out your Alleluia bells (handed out prior to Ash Wednesday) and Alleluia coloring sheets to celebrate the morning together. The Lenten Photo Challenge and photos of church members with their flower crosses will accompany the music and celebration we will share together on Sunday morning. In addition, this year we’re planning a brief, casual sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. on the playground (weather permitting). Those present will create the flowering cross which we’ll then place in our traditional spot on the outside sanctuary steps for the rest of the day so that you might come by if you wish and see it or even take some Easter pictures there.