West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 19, 2018


 It comes around every year. Holy Week and Easter are the essential and distinctive celebrations of the Christian faith, and for that reason we celebrate them every year. But with that annual repetition of the age-old story of Jesus’ death and resurrection comes a sameness. Because we repeat it every year, by definition it gets repetitious. But this year I want to encourage you to experience something new during Holy Week. Our Holy Thursday and Good Friday services will be different and exciting. 

At 7:00 on Holy Thursday, March 29 you are invited to a Holy Thursday service around tables in the Fellowship Hall that will recall parts of the Passover Meal. Holy Thursday remembers the events of the night Jesus was betrayed and arrested. Jesus and his disciples had gathered for the Passover Meal; it was around the Passover table that many of the events of that night took place. At this service you will learn about the symbolic foods served there and how they remind us of the Exodus Story. We will emphasize the connection the early Christians saw between the sacrificial lamb of the Passover tradition and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We will also celebrate Holy Communion together. 

On Good Friday March 30 we will have a worship service in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. This service will feature readings related to the crucifixion, and also some songs by our Senior Choir from a cantata called, “Behold the Darkness.” 

Yes, Holy Week comes around every year, and we tell basically the same story every year. But we can experience it new every year if we come with our hearts prepared on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. 

Reverend Mack