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Help us beautify the church for Easter gatherings by making a contribution toward our Easter potted flowers (lilies, tulips, hydrangeas) and cut flowers for arrangements. Submit your order and dedication information (in honor of living loved ones or in memory of those who have passed) on the form below. Contributions in any size (suggested $5-$10) can be made online, put in an envelope at service (marked: Easter Flowers) or turned in to the church office.

Holy Week & EASTER 2022

Palm Sunday Celebrations

April 9-10 | All Gatherings
Both in-person AND live-streamed online.

Near the end of his Journey to Jerusalem, the triumphal entry of Jesus into this city is met with joyful praise to God for all the miracles the disciples and crowds have witnessed.

Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week—a time in which the church points to, and remembers, the events leading to cross but ending in resurrection.

via livestream or FB Live

Maundy Thursday: Towel & Table

April 14 | 7 PM
in-person only

Maundy is from the Latin word for “mandate” based on John 15:12,17. Jesus gave His followers the mandate to love one another. This is a time to remember the events of the Lord’s last evening with His disciples in the Upper Room. This year, the experience is broken into two parts:

TOWEL
Time: Throughout the day | Location: Your work, home, apartment complex, school, etc.

A few days before Jesus was killed, He got on his hands and knees and washed His disciples’ feet—a small act of love to point to the greatest act of love of all time about to be shown on the cross. This year’s “Towel” portion will not take place during the evening service; instead, it will be focused on equipping every individual to find a small, intentional act of sacrificial love to do throughout their otherwise ordinary Thursday. Check back soon—more details on how to engage to come. 

TABLE*
Time: 7 PM | Location: Worship Center

This will be a nontraditional style service, filled with creative ways to step into what we believe was the most profound meal in all human history: Communion.

Childcare (6wks–4yrs) available.
*This service will NOT be livestreamed.

via livestream or FB Live

Good Friday (Afternoon Service)

April 15| 12 PM

Take a break from work for this 30-min service reflecting on the events on Good Friday. Soup & bread provided afterwards.

Childcare (6wks–4yrs) available.

via livestream or FB Live

Good Friday: Last Seven Words

April 15 | 7 PM
Both in-person AND live-streamed online. Childcare (6wks–4yrs) available.

Reflect on what we know as the “last seven words of Christ” as we try to understand what Jesus went through on our behalf that Good Friday.

  • “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34 NLT)
  • “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43 NIV)
  • “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” (John 19:26-27 NIV)
  • “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:34 NIV)
  • “I thirst.” (John 19:28-29 ESV)
  • “It is finished.” (John 19:30 NIV)
  • “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” (Luke 23:46 NLT)

 

These last words of Jesus will be shared by all generations at University Carillon (preschool family, elementary, middle school, high school, college, adult and senior). Hear these words—which are still very much alive and well—spoken and reflected through some of the family that calls UC home.

via livestream or FB Live

Easter Celebration opportunities

April 16–17 | 7 PM

Then on the third … early in the morning, thunderous power, love and beauty broke the silence. What everyone thought was the end, became the beginning.

The man people thought was wrapped in grave clothes, was walking through town, breathing and talking and…very much alive!

Most could hardly believe their eyes. Mary thought Jesus was a gardener; two of his disciples mistook him for a stranger; and his friend Thomas refused to believe without touching for himself Jesus’ pierced hands and side.

And no wonder! They thought that evil had claimed the final word.

On Friday, Jesus said “It was finished.”

But then, on the third day, he came back to life and declared that the victory coursing through his veins, the new home he was building, the massive love that held him on the cross – we were invited into it, too.

Saturday, April 16 | 5:00 pm
SATURDAY EASTER GATHERING
Saturday, 5 pm – Family (outdoors) – bring your own chairs!
Egg Hunt following 5 PM worship gathering at 6 PM

Sunday, April 17 | 6:30 am
SUNRISE SERVICE – bring your own chairs!
Easter brunch in the EPICenter following sunrise service.

Sunday, April 17 | 8:45, 10 and 11:30 am
8:45 am – Traditional
10 am– Contemporary
11:30 am – Vessel

Childcare (6wks–4yrs) available at all gatherings.
Kids Classes (PreK–5th grade) at 5 PM, 10 AM & 11:30 AM.

via livestream or FB Live

The Three Days

FALLEN

Darkness began its drumroll.

On Friday, after being betrayed, denied and abandoned by his friends, Jesus spent hours under fire with officials and religious leaders who were also his biggest accusers. They were jealous of his power, Herod was confused by it, Pilate was afraid of it, but the crowd was firm: incited by those religious leaders, they wanted this guy dead.

Pilate knew, deep in his bones, that Jesus was innocent. But the crowd shouted louder and louder until they drowned out his resolve. Ancient tradition prescribed that he could free one prisoner for the local holiday. Pilate chose … a murderer named Barabbas. And sentenced Jesus to death.

Soldiers slapped, punched, spit on, beat, condemned, and mocked him. They laughed at the idea that he was a king, throwing royal robes over his shoulders and sinking a crown of thorns into his head. And then, in the cruelest death imaginable, nailed him to a cross.

Jesus’ followers, friends and family alike stood by, watching the man who represented their only hope and their wildest dreams be put to death. The desperation, the loneliness, the abandonment, the anger, the horror – it all began to feel real.

And Jesus stayed there on the cross, not because nails held him there but because of his love for his Father and his love for us.

Three nails and three hours later, he cried that it was finished. And hanging on that tree, Jesus tasted the weight of sin with arms wide open.

SILENCED

The dust of darkness began to settle.

On Saturday, yawning between Friday and Sunday, there was nothing to do but wait.

And grieve.

And wonder what on earth is going on.

And remember what on earth went on, just yesterday.

And let the silence speak volumes, as it almost always does.

And fear that cruel tyranny had triumphed, that injustice and evil were victors, and darkness had silenced Love.

REDEEMED

Then on the third…

Early Sunday morning, thunderous power, love and beauty broke the silence. What everyone thought was the end, became the beginning.

The man people thought was wrapped in grave clothes, was walking through town, breathing and talking and…very much alive!

Most could hardly believe their eyes. Mary thought Jesus was a gardener; two of his disciples mistook him for a stranger; and his friend Thomas refused to believe without touching for himself Jesus’ pierced hands and side.

And no wonder! They thought that evil had claimed the final word.

But when the cross happened, something else happened too. Something that changed the course of the cosmos, crushed evil, and shamed death. Something that forgave. It was a victory won, a symphony of joy started, a fierce hope set in motion, a new home—heaven on earth—established.

On Friday, Jesus said “It was finished.”

But then, on the third day, he came back to life and declared that the victory coursing through his veins, the new home he was building, the massive love that held him on the cross – we were invited into it, too.

WHO IS JESUS

Generation upon generation of believer, seeker, skeptic, and cynic alike have asked this very same question.

In short, there is no short answer.

If history is to be believed, Jesus was no more than a most peculiar Jewish rabbi who gained a passionate following in first-century Palestine. If history is to be believed, Jesus was a man who lived and died – as any man who came before, and as every man who would come after.

Though, if the scriptures are to be believed, Jesus was far more than a man; Jesus was infinitely more than a rabbi. Jesus was Christ; Jesus was Immanuel, “God with us.” If the scriptures are to be believed, Jesus was the very embodiment of love, generosity, grace, justice, and mercy. If the scriptures are to be believed, Jesus was the Son of Man who lived, died, and rose again—for His glory, our good, and for the sake of the world.

Who is Jesus? Well just ask those who feared Him most:

To the arrogant, He was schemer. To the prideful, He was blasphemer. To the wicked, He was revealer. 

Who is Jesus? Well just ask those who knew Him best:

To the disciples, He was teacher. To the sick, He was healer. To the weary, He was comforter. To the oppressed, he was liberator. To the overlooked, he was noticer. To those who received his message of love, he was friend. To the lost, He was redeemer.

And to all of the above, to each and every last sinner – He was, is, and forever will be Savior.

Savior from the shame of your past.

Savior from the perils of your present.

Savior from the uncertainty of your future.

Who is Jesus? We promise that He has been waiting your whole life for you to ask Him yourself.