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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 $10) can be made online, put in an envelope at service (marked: Easter Flowers) or turned in to the church office.

Resurrection Eggs
Mar 10 | 11–11:30 AM pickup in between buildings

Journey through the Easter story with your children or grandchildren! Sign up to reserve a Resurrection Egg set & Booklet! The eggs contain part of the Easter story, and the booklet will help you grow deeper—designed and written by our UC Kids Ministry Staff!

What are Resurrection Eggs?
Resurrection eggs help share the story of Easter with your children in a fun, unique, and creative way and can help encourage conversations about the true meaning of Easter. They are a set of 12 plastic eggs that are typically used for candy during Easter egg hunts. However, instead of each egg having candy inside, each egg contains a part of the Easter story. This activity is a great family tradition that young children and older children will enjoy!

How does it work?
Using scriptures from the 4 gospels along with the 12 eggs is a simple and easy way to tell your children about the resurrection story. Each egg has a part of the Easter story, which has scripture and a devotional (written by the UC Kids Ministry Staff) in the Easter Resurrection Egg Booklet! You can walk through at your own pace—it’s laid out in the booklet instructions. Some examples are below:

  • Hide the resurrection eggs with other eggs for an Easter egg hunt. Once all the eggs are found, place the resurrection eggs in a carton and allow each child to take turns opening an egg and reading the corresponding scriptures from the Easter Resurrection Egg Booklet until all 12 eggs have been opened.
  • Another way you can use them is to use them 12 days before Easter Sunday and open one a day.
  • Additionally, use the included scriptures to meditate on during Holy Week.

I’m interested, but still have questions! Who should I talk to?
Contact our Family Coordinator, AprilLattimer@universitycarillon.net with any questions!

Holy Week & EASTER 2024

Palm Sunday Celebrations

March 24 | 8:45, 10, 11:30 AM
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

Passover Seder

March 24 | 5:30 – 8:00pm
Cost: $15/person
in-person by registration. Spots are limited. No childcare provided.

Have you ever wondered where the sacrament of Communion got its start? Well, its roots are a lot older than you might think. Try about 3,500 years ago at the first Passover (in Exodus 12)! The Lord instituted the yearly Passover celebration so all His people—from generation to generation—would commemorate His mighty acts in freeing them from slavery in Egypt.

On Jesus’ last night before the cross, he participated in Passover—fulfilling an ordinance from Israel’s history and creating a lasting ordinance that he invites all believers into … “this do, in remembrance of me.” This became known as The Lord’s Supper. Today, we Christians celebrate “Communion” with bread and juice to commemorate this holy moment before the cross.

Join us for a Passover dinner like the one at which Jesus the Messiah identified the bread as his body, and the wine as his blood.

Spots are limited. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate a gluten free diet. This is an opportunity to dress up. This Passover ceremony and dinner will last about 2 hours.

No childcare provided.

Registration is Full.
To cancel, please contact SusanSchuck@universitycarillon.net.  This allows us to add from our waiting list.

Maundy Thursday: Towel & Table

March 28 | 7 PM
in-person only

This night, we remember what happened the night before Jesus’ death, when He was around the table with His disciples sharing the Last Supper.

We’ll do so through a nontraditional style service, filled with creative ways to step into the most profound meal in all human history—Communion—and the humbling example of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet.

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

via livestream or FB Live

Good Friday (Afternoon Service)

March 29| 12 PM
in-person only

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.
*This service will NOT be livestreamed.

What is Good Friday?
Ever since Jesus died and was raised again, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation. Good Friday is the term we use to designate the day on which Jesus willingly went to the cross. On that day, we reflect upon the reality that Jesus suffered and died for the sake of the whole world. While it seems strange to call it “good,” we refer to it in this way not because of what happened, but because of where it leads.

What the world meant for evil, God redeemed in Christ for the good of every person. The horrible events of that Friday would eventually give way to the beautiful victory of Easter Sunday, where we discover that, through Christ, we are not only set free from the penalty of sin, but we are set free to live joyfully and to join God in God’s mission of love for the sake of the world.­

via livestream or FB Live

Good Friday: Last Seven Words

March 29 | 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 a variety of generations. 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 Sunday

March 31 | Sunday Services

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.

Sunday, March 31 | 6:30 am
SUNRISE SERVICE – bring your own chairs!
Easter brunch in the EPICenter following sunrise service—benefitting the Summer Dominican Republic Mission Trip.

Sunday, March 31 | 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 10 AM & 11:30 AM; kids will start in Kids Classes at 10 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.