Holy Week 2018 at First Church Berkeley

Sun, Mar 25, 2018
Sun, Apr 1, 2018

Beginning with the excitement of Palm Sunday through the shadow of Good Friday and on to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, First Church will mark the important events of Holy Week with a whole range of services and activities.

On Palm Sunday, March 25, we will create a raucous parade with the giant Jesus and donkey puppets, palms, drums, “hosannas” and a dramatic retelling of Jesus’ crowd-inspiring entry into Jerusalem. Gather outside the Sanctuary at 9:35 am to begin. Worship begins at 10 am.

This year, we will celebrate Maundy Thursday, March 29, in homes around the community. We will share a simple, delicious meal and the humbling ritual of hand- and foot-washing as “house church.” Watch for sign-up opportunities soon.

On Good Friday, March 30 at 7:30 pm, we commemorate the day that Jesus hung on the cross with a candlelight “Tenebrae” service on the Chancel in the Sanctuary. Also the Sanctuary will be open all day from 7 am to 7 pm for contemplation and prayer. A brief time of chant, scripture and prayer will take place at the top of each hour.

On Holy Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 pm, we remember in our bodies how the women friends of Jesus went to the tomb to prepare the body for burial. The service will take place in the “tomb” of the First Church Sanctuary.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, we celebrate with two services. Early risers will greet the dawn with an Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 6 am in the parking lot of the Lawrence Berkeley Hall of Science. We will watch the Bay Area transition from darkness to early morning light. (If it rains, gather in Loper Chapel.)

At 9:45 am, special music will begin in the Sanctuary and at 10 am, the Easter Sunday Festival Worship will begin. We’ll celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the continual renewal of our joy in the midst of death-dealing with worship on our Lenten theme of “Lovers & Fools.” Rev. Molly will preach. Gather afterwards for Easter treats and a Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn for the kids.