Holy Week Worship
10:00 A.M., Worship with Palm Processional, Festive Music, Children’s Choir
Wednesday, April 17
10:00 A.M. , Praying with the Stations of the Cross
Maundy Thursday, April 18
6:00 P.M. Soup & Bread Supper,
7:00 P.M. Worship with Communion and Tenebrae
Tenebrae services, which are held in the last three days of holy week, go back to at least the 9th century. The word “tenebrae” is Latin for “shadows” or “darkness,” and the service is marked by the gradual extinguishing of candles/lights in a specified order. The Presbyterian Church of Okemos service includes an observation of The Lord’s Supper, dramatic readings of scripture, music from the Chancel choir and reading the passion of Christ as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. By the end of the succession of readings, all candles/lights have been extinguished, and the worship space is shrouded in darkness, except for lighting of the empty cross, recalling the days when Jesus was in the tomb. Worshipers leave the service in silence, for the worship service does not fully conclude until Easter morning when we acclaim Christ’s victory with our ‘Alleluias’.
Good Friday, April 19
Easter Sunday, April 21
Worship service at 10:00 A.M. featuring Chancel Choir, Brass, and Communion; Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 A.M.