Palm Sunday &
The Sunday of the Passion, April 2
7:45 AM – Spoken Eucharist – No Music
9:30 AM – Eucharist with Music
(9:30 is Livestreamed on Zoom & YouTube)
This service begins in praise and ends in reflective silence, re‑tracing the arc from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem through his suffering and death on the cross.
Maundy Thursday, April 6
7 PM (Livestreamed on Zoom & YouTube)
On Maundy Thursday we remember the Last Supper from which comes our practice of Holy Communion and contemplate Jesus’s commandment to love one another. This is one of the most beautiful services of the entire church year.
Good Friday, April 7
On Good Friday we remember how Jesus poured himself out for us through his death on the cross, and walk the way of suffering with him.
Noon: The Stations of the Cross
Columbarium Grounds (outdoors, weather permitting). No livestream available.
7 PM: The Proper Liturgy
(Livestreamed on Zoom & YouTube)
The Great Vigil of Easter, Sat Apr 8
New at St. John’s this year!
The Great Vigil is the first celebration of Easter in our tradition (see pp. 284-95 in the Book of Common Prayer) though not all churches celebrate it each year. It is arguably the most beautiful and complex liturgy in the prayer book. It begins outdoors in darkness, lasts 90 minutes or so, and consists of four parts:
The Service of Light (kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle, the chanting of the Exsultet);
The Service of Lessons (readings from the Hebrew Scriptures interspersed with psalms, canticles, and prayers);
Christian Initiation (Holy Baptism) or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows; and
The Eucharist begins with the proclamation of Easter, “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” and the response, “The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!” accompanied by shouts and bell-ringing and general noisemaking to mark the occasion!
After the Eucharist, stick around for a bit of champagne, and some fresh strawberries served with cream (courtesy of our new Special Events Team)!
Easter Sunday, April 9
Easter is the central feast of the Christian year. We’ll celebrate with beautiful music and extend a warm welcome to many local families who will join us; and afterward, an outdoor Coffee Hour and fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt!!!
Spoken Eucharist – No Music (Not Livestreamed)
9:30 AM (in the Church Nave)
Eucharist with Music in the Main Church with choir and handbells. (Livestreamed on Zoom & YouTube).
9:30 AM (outdoors, at same time as indoor service)
On the Columbarium Grounds (outdoors.) No livestream available. Music led by guitar. Bring flowers from home to decorate the Easter Cross. Chairs will be set up in the church yard, but if you wish to bring your own, please feel free.
Walk the Lenten Labyrinth at St. John’s thru Holy Week
The labyrinth in the Columbarium is available daily throughout the Lenten season for walking meditation and prayer. An optional prayer guide is provided at the entrance. All are welcome.