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29 Mar

Holy Week

PRAYERS AND COLLECTS FOR LENT AND HOLY WEEK

Liturgy

O God, your glory is always to have mercy.
Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways,
      and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith
      to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word,

PRAYERS AND COLLECTS FOR LENT AND HOLY WEEK »

As Jesus Faced the Council

Music Download

This hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette recounts the events of Holy Week following Jesus' arrest, with the Council charging Jesus with claiming to be "God's chosen one," and later events surrounding Peter's denial of having known Jesus. The hymn ends with the prayer that when we also deny Christ, we also remember that we are bound to Christ and follow him. 

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Holy Week Service for Midweek, Maundy Thursday, or Good Friday

Liturgy

The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial. 

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Foot Washing—Chuck Knows Church

Video

How did "Foot Washing" ever become part of Christian worship? Find out on Chuck's SIXTY-FIFTH show!

Foot Washing—Chuck Knows Church »

Lectionary Helps for Monday of Holy Week (March 30)

Article

"You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."

Lectionary Helps for Monday of Holy Week (March 30) »

Lectionary Helps for Tuesday of Holy Week (March 31)

Article

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

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Lectionary Helps for Wednesday of Holy Week (April 1)

Article

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us . . .

Lectionary Helps for Wednesday of Holy Week (April 1) »

Lectionary Planning Helps for Holy Thursday (April 2)

Article

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.

Lectionary Planning Helps for Holy Thursday (April 2) »

Lectionary Planning Helps for Good Friday (April 3)

Article

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? 

Lectionary Planning Helps for Good Friday (April 3) »

Lectionary Planning Helps for Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil (April 4)

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Holy Saturday [No Color];  Easter Vigil [White or Gold].  The Easter Vigil is the First Service of Easter. 

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Creative Worship Experience: Images of Holy Week

Article

During this service, we visit images and symbols of Holy Week. The scattered palms and garments show us that some kind of triumphant entrance into the city has taken place. 

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Creation-Savings Time

Article

The two most important weeks in the life of God and us are the week of creation and Holy Week. They are parallel weeks of creation. It was on the first Sunday of the world that God saw the chaos and said, "Let there be light." It was on the first Sunday of the re-creation of the world that Jesus rode into the spiritual chaos of Jerusalem.  

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Covenant in Plain Sight: A Poem for Monday of Holy Week Based on Isaiah 42:1-9

Liturgy

In the still of night, we hold our breath, believing
One chosen, anointed will come, receiving
All our hopes. 

Covenant in Plain Sight: A Poem for Monday of Holy Week Based on Isaiah 42:1-9 »

Do You Hear Them? A 21st Century Worship Resource for Lent and Holy Week

Article

This Call to Worship is appropriate for any of the Sundays of Lent and is especially powerful for the services that attend Holy Week. Suggestion: Pause after the word listen to help your congregation slow down from the bustle of life as they enter into a time of listening for God's Word for their lives.  

Do You Hear Them? A 21st Century Worship Resource for Lent and Holy Week »

From Death to Life Eternal Holy Week Hymn Settings for Organ

Article

This collection of seven familiar hymn tune settings for organ includes selections for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Eastertide.  

From Death to Life Eternal Holy Week Hymn Settings for Organ »

Handbell Music for Lent and Easter

Article

Handbell scores for Lent and Easter in Sibelius and pdf.

Handbell Music for Lent and Easter »

Lent and Easter Clip Art

Website

Free clip art for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter from cruzblana.org.

Lent and Easter Clip Art »

Holy Week: Then and Now (Palm/Passion Sunday, Year C)

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Sermon by Bishop Michael Watson (UMC, N. Georgia)Jesus entered Jerusalem on what Christians call Palm Sunday, and for all time thereafter that last week of his life on earth would be known to his followers across the world as Holy Week.  

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How Shall We Observe Good Friday?

Article

In addition to the worship practices of singing hymns, reading Scripture, and saying prayers, consider the following . . .     

How Shall We Observe Good Friday? »

Listening at Golgotha: Jesus’ Words from the Cross

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by Peter Storey.
The last utterances of Christ from the cross cast light on his saving work and invite us to engage in the depths of his suffering. A book of meditations for Holy Week, Listening at Golgotha confronts your need to receive (and act upon) the gift of his sacrifice in ways that will transform your life. 

Listening at Golgotha: Jesus’ Words from the Cross »

Observing Holy Week in the Home

Article

While many families celebrate Advent in the home, it may be harder to observe Holy Week at home. After all, it's much easier to talk with our children about the baby in the manger than it is to discuss the Jesus' death and the events leading up to it.  

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Prayer of Confession for Palm Sunday

Article

Let us come together to a moment of confession. Imagine Jesus entering our presence just as he entered Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. Envision the palm branches, the donkey, the shouts of "hosanna." Understanding who he is and knowing who we are…   

Prayer of Confession for Palm Sunday »

Penitential Prayer for Spiritual Healing Based on Psalm 51

Liturgy

Make me over, Lord, with a new heart, obedient spirit and a joy-filled life. 

Penitential Prayer for Spiritual Healing Based on Psalm 51 »

Prayers for the Days of Holy Week

Article

Behold with mercy the agonies of the worldwhere the suffering of Jesus is being completed, both then and now. 

Prayers for the Days of Holy Week »

Review of From Death to Life Eternal Holy Week Hymn Settings for Organ by Douglas E. Wagner

Article

This collection of seven familiar hymn tune settings for organ includes selections for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Eastertide. 

Review of From Death to Life Eternal Holy Week Hymn Settings for Organ by Douglas E. Wagner »

The Rhythm of the Passion

Article

It is another blessed Holy Week. It was not until I was a teenager and getting serious about playing piano and organ for church and directing choirs that I came to appreciate the rhythm of the liturgical year.  

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The Days of Holy Week

Article

Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday.  It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through various observances and services of worship.  

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The Last Week: A Service of Prayer, Scripture and Song for Holy Week

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This is a highly adaptable service outline for a Holy Week worship service. Using selected lectionary passages and related congregational hymns and songs from The United Methodist Hymnal and The Faith We Sing, the service powerfully recalls the events of the last week of Jesus' earthly life.  

The Last Week: A Service of Prayer, Scripture and Song for Holy Week »

Whom Do You Seek?

Article

Holy Week is inherently dramatic. It begins with the drama of the joyous entrance with palms and the dramatic reading of the passion narrative. 

Whom Do You Seek? »

Why Palm/Passion Sunday and Not Just Palm Sunday?

Article

A blog article at Christian Century ("Against Passion Sunday") last week has prompted a variety of responses to the current practice of celebrating the last Sunday in Lent as Palm/Passion Sunday. Many remember that these two events were not always part of the same day. Their memories are correct.  

Why Palm/Passion Sunday and Not Just Palm Sunday? »

We Had an Interesting Good Friday!

Article

We had an interesting Good Friday today. We went for a "Stations of the Cross" walk. At the sixth Station of the Cross (where a pious woman wipes the face of Jesus), we stopped at a crack house in our neighborhood. 

We Had an Interesting Good Friday! »