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Holy Week at First Church: Staying in Love with God

March 29, 2015 @ 10:00 am - April 5, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

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Join us at First Church during Holy Week as we continue to explore our Lenten theme, Staying in Love with God, on our journey to the joy of Easter morning! Absolutely everyone is welcome!

palm-54467_640Palm Sunday begins with the Interdenominational Palm Sunday Parade of Palms along Pine Street between 14th & 15th Streets. donkey-214246_640There will be a procession with a donkey, plenty of waving palm branches, and the music of the combined chancel and bell choirs of the Pine Street churches. Stop by First Church a little before 10:00 am to pick up your Parade of Palms service bulletin and palm branch.

After the Parade, come inside First Church for our 10:30 am worship service. Pastor Pat Bruns’ message will be What Do We See When We Look? based on Mark 11:1-11.

Seder PlateJoin us for our third annual Holy Thursday seder dinner and service! We’ll begin at 6:00 pm in the Parlor with an abbreviated, fun variation on the traditional Jewish Passover seder. “Seder” refers to the order in which the prayers, reflections, and ceremonial foods are shared. This year, our children will interpret the story of Moses with their own humorous, dramatic flair! We will then have a potluck supper (beef brisket will be provided; please plan to bring a salad, side, or dessert to share), followed by communion. You are welcome even if you did not RSVP.

On Good Friday, St. John’s Episcopal Church (14th and Pine, across the street from First Church) will host a Community Good Friday service from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. The service centers around pondering the seven last words of Jesus, and the ministers from several downtown churches preach on these words. Pat Bruns, our senior pastor, will preach on the first word right at 12:00 noon: “Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.” You need not attend the service for the whole three hours; it is designed for people to come and go as they need to.

candlesAt 7:00 pm, join us for First Church’s Good Friday tenebrae service on our beautiful labyrinth, led by Pat Bruns and Barbara Middleton. “Tenebrae” is Latin for darkness or shadows. Our tenebrae service will be centered around the seven last words of Jesus on the cross, and will also include time for silent, contemplative labyrinth walking by candlelight. A solo quartet of singers will provide beautiful, meditative music. With the reading of each word, candles will be extinguished to deepen the sense of darkness and quiet as we remember Jesus’ death and ponder the realities of death, dimness, and shadows in our own lives. Please join us.

easter flowersAt 8 am we will have an Easter Service on the Labyrinth. Pastor Pat Bruns’ message will be What Do We Hear in the Silence of Easter Morning based on Mark 16:1-8. On that first Easter morning, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to Jesus’ tomb to anoint his body. The walk to the tomb was filled with nothing but silence. What do you suppose they heard within their hearts and minds in those quiet morning moments? What do you suppose we will hear this year in the quietness of the Easter morning? We will celebrate Holy Communion at this service. Also, Director of Music Evanne Browne, soprano, will sing the ancient, meditative music of Hildegard von Bingen.

breakfast casseroleAt 9 am our youth will serve Easter Breakfast. Join us in the church parlor for this festive Easter meal of delicious breakfast casseroles and pancakes as we delight in Easter Sunday and the joy of one another’s company. Our donations for the meal support our youth’s summer mission project.

At our 10:30 am worship service in the sanctuary, we will celebrate the glory of Easter in music, in prayer, and in story. Pastor Pat Bruns’ message will be Allowing Ourselves to be Resurrected based on Mark 16:1-8. Almost everyone was confused on the first Easter Sunday. Most were simply afraid of what the future might hold. Others gave up nearly all their sense of hope. The resurrection realities seemed to be too much to take in. Over time, a few began to open their hearts and minds—their very beings— to the reality of resurrection. What can happen when we open ourselves to the idea of resurrection? We will celebrate Holy Communion at this service. Our Chancel and Bell Choirs will perform with special musical guests The Grand Avenue Brass and Stephen Bott, timpani.

Kids_EggsAt Noon we will have our annual Easter Egg Hunt on our church lawn. The wonders of Easter come alive as our children search for Easter treasures and treats and help us all to embrace the special gifts of Easter.

rainbow_heartAt First United Methodist Church of Boulder, we affirm that absolutely all of us are beloved children of God, including persons of all sexual orientations and gender identifications.


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Boulder, CO 80302 United States
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