Holy Week was filled with significant meaningful events which carried our congregation from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
From the shouts of “Hosanna!” and the waving of palms on Palm Sunday, we traveled to Maundy Thursday where eighty-four persons came to remember the Last Supper with Jesus and His disciples. A meaningful part of the service was when foot washing was offered to those who attended. On Good Friday the altar was stripped bare as seven scripture passages depicting Jesus’ arrest, trial and death were read. As the sanctuary got darker and darker, one hundred and seventy four people remembered the death of Jesus. One lone candle was brought back to the altar at the conclusion of the service symbolizing the hope of resurrection. The congregation departed in silence.
The joy of Easter morning was ushered in at the 6:30 a.m. sunrise service on Trinity’s front steps. Eighty people attended that service, enjoying the sensory smells of grilled fish – just like the first disciples did on that first Easter morning.
Glorious worship continued at 8:00, 9:30 and 11 with 1187 (!) people in attendance. Tympani and brass accompanied the music at 8:00 at 11 while the praise team led us in beautiful praise music at 9:30 a.m. Trinity’s altar was brilliant white adorned with lilies, lilies provided by our members in memory or in honor of loved ones.
The cross out front, covered in purple during Lent and in black on Good Friday, was transformed into a glorious Easter symbol as persons decorated it with fresh flowers on Easter morning.
The Easter Egg Hunt held after the 11:00 a.m. service was a great success, with Trinity’s front lawn covered in expert hunters of all ages. Following the egg hunt the Easter cross became a popular spot for family photos.
One church member has shared, “This past Lenten season and Easter Sunday were remarkably meaningful. The events leading the congregation along the journey to the Cross this year were profound.”
Continue to share the good news – Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!