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The Reverend Matt Gaventa
John 9:1-17; John 9:24-41

A reading from the Gospel of John As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man …

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Holy Week and Triduum

April 9, 2017

The Great Three Days of Easter

Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Great Vigil of Easter, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 16

Great is the mystery of faith! Christ has died. Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

Each time we gather around the Lord’s Table, we proclaim the mystery of our faith, the central belief of the Christian life, that the love of God in Jesus Christ over came the powers of sin and death and freed us to live into the grace and peace of the Holy Spirit. For each of us, this mystery means something a little different, but to all of us, it unites us as a community of believers and emboldens us to serve those in need.

This year, UPC is celebrating these mysteries in worship during Holy Week. Beginning on April 9 with Palm Sunday, we commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
A Sunday filled with paradox, anticipation, and of course, palms.
Begins in the central courtyard at 11:00 a.m.

Then Thursday,April 13, we begin the celebration of the Great Three Days, or the Triduum of Easter. On Maundy Thursday, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for a meal, singing, a retelling of the story of the Last Supper and foot washing, and then a sharing in the Lord’s Supper. This simple and beautiful service reminds us that Christ came as a servant and commanded his disciples to follow in his example.
Begins in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 14, is Good Friday, the second day in the Triduum of Easter. Gathered in the darkened sanctuary, we will remember the final moments before the death of Christ with music by the UPC Chancel choir and readings of the last words of Christ. It is a haunting and deeply meaningful worship experience, reminding us why we celebrate Easter.
Begins in darkness in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, April 15,  UPC observes the Great Vigil of Easter, the third day of the Triduum. The Vigil is a two-hour, four part celebration that marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ. UPC youth and intergenerational leaders will guide us through the lighting of the new fire in the central courtyard, a procession down into the north courtyard for a service of readings, then into the narthex for a remembrance of baptism, and finally into the sanctuary for the first hymn of Easter, the reading of the Gospel, and the sharing of the Lord’s Supper. This service is rich in mystery, complex in symbolism, alive with pageantry, and truly one of the most spiritually enlivening experiences of the year.
Begins in the central courtyard at 7:00 p.m.

These three services: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil, comprise the Triduum and are one, three-day worship experience. There is no benediction on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, and no call to worship on Good Friday or at the Vigil. After the Great Three Days, we will all gather in the light of Easter Sunday morning to sing, rejoice, and celebrate the life of our Risen Lord. Following worship, we will also be serving the traditional hot cross buns in the courtyard. We want to encourage you and your family to make these Great Three Days a part of your yearly spiritual journey at UPC and experience the wonders, the emotion, the mystery, and the calling of these special celebrations.

Then, continuing the celebration, we meet again Easter Sunday morning:

9:00 a.m. Easter Service with Communion in the Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Hot Cross Buns in the Courtyard
11:00 a.m. Easter Service in the Sanctuary