Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020: Beginning with the Liturgy of Palms (blessing in the nave at 8 a.m.; in the Courtyard at 9:55, weather permitting, parish hall if not), the triumphal shout, “Hosanna!” that echoes rapidly and then fades to be overpowered by shouts of “Crucify!” Come walk the way of Jesus’ passion with us (this year, from Matthew’s passion account).
Wednesday in Holy Week, 6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross and the Eucharist. Follow the scriptural stations of Jesus’ journey from the judgment seat of Pilate to the cross and tomb (weather permitting, outside), then gather ‘round God’s table to remember the incredible gift of life won for us.
Maundy Thursday, 7:00 pm: Our scripture readings re-tell the story of the first eucharist, including Jesus’ commandment to love one another as he has loved us. We share, as did Jesus, in washing one another’s feet, then share in eucharist together, strip the altar, and leave in darkness, recalling the darkness of Jesus’ trial before the Sanhedrin.
Vigil Watch at the Altar of Repose: The reserved sacrament (consecrated on Maundy Thursday for Good Friday’s communion) will rest on an altar of repose constructed in the narthex. You are invited (and encouraged) to take one-hour watches at the altar/in the sanctuary through the night, recalling Jesus’ question to his disciples in the garden, “Could you not watch with me one hour?”
Good Friday: Perrysburg Community Service, Noon, Zoar Lutheran Church: Gather with brothers and sisters of other Christian churches in Perrysburg for a series of prayers, hymns readings, and meditations offered by local clergy, on Jesus’ Seven Last Words.
The Liturgy of Good Friday, 7:00 pm: Gather at St. Tim’s in the relative darkness of late Friday – to hear St. John’s telling of our Lord’s Passion, venerate Christ on the cross, share in the Solemn Collects, and receive Jesus’ body and blood. We leave in darkness as the question, “Were you there?” reverberates through our hearts and hallways.
The Day of Resurrection, Easter Sunday, 8:00 & 10:00 am: Festival celebrations of the eucharist – with renewed brass, musicians’ and the flower guild’s amazing artistry heralding the festival shout, “Christ is risen!” An Easter egg hunt for wee ones will follow the 10:00 am liturgy.