Holy Week Worship

Palm Sunday, April 14

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

12:00 Noon, Good Friday Worship at Okemos Community Church, Rev. Carlson will be preaching.
7:00 P.M. at PCO, Our choir will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor (Learn more about this event).

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.