Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on March 20th, take us through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and culminates in Easter Sunday, March 27th. We hope that First United Methodist Church of Boulder will be a part of your Holy Week journey this year!
Sunday, March 20th is Palm Sunday. At 10:00 am we will have our annual Pine Street Palm Sunday Processional complete with donkeys, palms, and shouts of “Hosanna! Hosanna!” Plan to gather along Pine Street around 9:45 am. Stop by the church to pick up a palm branch on your way to Pine Street.
We will move to our sanctuary at 10:30 am and continue our Palm Sunday worship in a creative, engaging celebration of the ways that God, life, light, and love burst into our lives. There will be five special worship stations during the service, and five very short meditations given by our visiting theologians, Hal Taussig, Celene Lillie and Toni Reynolds, and by our pastors, Joe Agne and Pat Bruns. The service will offer us all the opportunity to experience the Palm Sunday hope that was part of that first Palm Sunday, and the hope that is part of our life together today. You won’t want to miss all the action of this year’s Palm Sunday as we begin the Holy Week journey to Easter.
Thursday, March 24th is Maundy Thursday. We’ll gather here at FUMC at 6:00 pm for a potluck supper; bring a dish to share if you can, but please come regardless. Visiting theologians Hal Taussig, Celene Lillie, and Toni Reynolds will join us. We’ll enjoy good food and some conversation about Jesus’s last supper.
Friday, March 25th is Good Friday. From noon–3 pm our Community Good Friday Service will be held at St John’s Episcopal Church (14th and Pine, right across the street from FUMC). This service remembers and ponders the seven last words of Jesus on the cross. Pat will preach the third word of Jesus on the cross: “Woman, Behold They Son.” You may come to the service any time you wish and leave when you need to.
We will also have a Good Friday service at FUMC at 7:00 pm on our labyrinth. Come and experience The Crucifixion of the Great I Am: A Queer Drama Using the Gospel of John and the Newly Discovered Early Christian Text, “The Thunder: Perfect Mind.” This new-to-us version of Jesus’ crucifixion was found in a jar in the sands of Egypt, and features a divine and humiliated Jesus, who appears mostly in female form. Come see this story in a minimalist, non-gruesome, meditative, 30-minute drama, followed by times of silence and discussion with visiting theologians Celene Lillie, Toni Reynolds, and Hal Taussig.
March 27 is Easter Sunday!
At 8 am we will have a Contemplative Easter Communion Service. Pat’s message will be Listening to the Silence of Easter Morning. 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.
At 9 am our youth will serve Easter Breakfast. Join us in the church parlor for this festive Easter meal and conversation as we delight in Easter Sunday. Our donations support our Summer Youth Mission Project.
At 10:30 am we will celebrate the glory of Easter in music, in prayer, and in story. Pat’s message will be Allowing Ourselves to be Resurrected. Almost everyone was confused on the first Easter Sunday. Most were simply afraid about 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? Our Chancel Choir and the University of Wyoming Brass Quintet will add to the joyous atmosphere of the morning with glorious music.
At 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 even as all of us embrace the special gifts of Easter.
Please join us for Holy Week and Easter this year! Absolutely EVERYONE is welcome!