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Holy Week Schedule

Easter

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Palm/Passion Sunday – April 9, 10:30 a.m. 

All are welcome to gather with us for worship on Palm/Passion Sunday. Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. At First Church, we begin the service with a processional, waving palm branches. This Sunday is also often referred to as Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of the passion or suffering of Jesus leading to and including the crucifixion.

Professional childcare for children under 4 will be available during the worship service. The ushers will also have “Kids’ Worship Bags” available filled with quiet activities for children to play with during the service.

Join the children and youth on the 3rd floor after worship for a self-guided, meditative Walk Through Holy Week. Come see where Jesus cleared the Temple, walk through the Garden of Gethsemane, sit in the upper room with the disciples, imagine Jesus standing before Pilate, make a cross at Golgatha, and sit quietly in the tomb. Middle-Eastern light refreshments will be served. 

Note: Coffee Hour will be served AFTER worship during the Walk Through Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday – April 13, 7 p.m. 

You are invited to observe the Lord’s Supper with us and participate in a Tenebrae service.  “Tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.”

Professional childcare for children under 4 will be available. The ushers will also have “Kids’ Worship Bags” available filled with quiet activities for children to play with during the service.

Good Friday Cantata – April 14 at 7 p.m.

Gather with us on Good Friday, the Friday before Easter on which the crucifixion of Jesus is remembered.

Our Sanctuary Choir, plus members of Kirkland Choral Society and a chamber orchestra, will present J. S. Bach’s Cantata #4 Christ lag in Todesbanden (Christ lay in death’s bonds). Over the past several years, the choir has made a tradition of performing Bach’s music, already having performed 5 of the cantatas, the Magnificat, and part one of the Christmas Oratorio. Christ lag in Todesbanden is one of Bach’s most famous cantatas, deeply expressive, and rich in the symbolism of spiritual struggle, and the triumph of life over death.

The service will include prayer and Scripture reading on the death of Christ.

Professional childcare for children under 4 will be available. The ushers will also have “Kids’ Worship Bags” available filled with quiet activities for children to play with during the service.

Easter Sunday – April 16

6:15 a.m. Sunrise Service at Myrtle Edwards Park

Join us for a beautiful and contemplative worship service on the shores of Elliott Bay as the sun rises over our city on Easter morning. Meet at the fountain in front of Uptown Espresso (2801 Alaskan Way) at 6:15 a.m. and we will walk together to the beach area of Myrtle Edwards Park for a service by the water, or look for our sunrise service group near the Myrtle Edwards park pocket beach area. Dress for the weather, and bring a folding chair if you’d like to sit down during the service.

A no-host breakfast to follow at C.J.’s Eatery (2619 1st Ave, Seattle).

10:30 a.m. worship service in the First Church sanctuary.

Celebrate Easter at First Church! In Christ we find the hope of transformation, the joy of community, and the love that encompasses us in our diversity.

Professional childcare for children under 4 will be available. During the worship service young children will be dismissed before the sermon for an adult-supervised activity we call “Discovery Time.” The ushers will also have “Kids’ Worship Bags” available filled with quiet activities for children to play with during the service.

All children and youth are welcome to join the Easter egg hunt after church!

Note: There will be no Sunday School classes on Easter.