Holy Week
The Ancient Practice

For centuries, the people of God have observed with special intention the seven days before Easter. We too, join with our sisters and brothers stretching through space and time, to keep Holy Week.The observance of Holy Week is a practice of Christian formation, a time of embodied prayer when in our prayer, worship, and service we enter into the mysteries of the Passion and Resurrection.

We do so for the sake of the world for which Christ came. We follow Christ’s heart for the world around us. We humbly beseech the Lord for the trust and courage to carry our own cross, and for the grace to be washers of feet. We place before the Lord in prayer all Creation, and all Humanity; we pray together for our communities, and neighborhoods, and households, and ourselves. And finally, on Easter we celebrate the eternal hope of Resurrection, and with the women at the tomb journey into the world where Christ is found.

You can find the readings and prayers for Holy Week here →

Below are a few words on the days of the Holy Week days of observance. We invite you to join the community for this walk.

Palm Sunday

April 14

9:30 AM Worship at the Serene Hills Elementary School

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, also known as the Sunday of the Passion. Worship begins with the remembrance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. We’ll all have our own palm fronds, reminding us of how the people lauded his arrival shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” And then together, we’ll sing one of the ancient hymns of the Church: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.” At the scripture readings, the tone of worship changes dramatically and we take our place in the story of the Cross. We read the entire Passion of Jesus…the agony in the garden; the trial; and the final journey to the cross. It’s a long story, and we listen to the whole thing. After communion, worship finishes with the congregation singing “Were You There.” Worship concludes quietly with the emptying of the altar, the draping of the cross in black, and the congregation departing in silence.

Maundy Thursday

April 18

7:00 PM Worship at the Falconhead Apartment Homes Commons, 3400 RR 620 S.

We observe Maundy Thursday on Thursday, April 18th. The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word “mandate,” meaning “to command.” On Maundy Thursday we commemorate the Last Supper. At that meal with this friends, Jesus issued two commandments: First, that when we are together we share the sacred meal and “do this” in remembrance of him (I Corinthians 11:23-26). And secondly, that we love one another as he loves us (John 15:12).The service this evening is very simple. We will share in the Lord’s Supper. As well, during this worship service we invite everyone to participate in the practice of foot-washing. All are invited to participate in foot-washing. None are required to do so.

You can find the readings and prayers for Holy Week here →

Good Friday

April 19

9:00 AM Worship: Morning Prayer
The Grove Restaurant (enter through Lola Savannah), 3001 RR 620 S.

7:00 PM Worship: Good Friday Liturgy
Falconhead Apartments Community Center, 3400 Ranch Road 620 S. in Bee Cave

On this Friday, Jesus went to the cross, suffered, died, and was buried. It is our custom this day to refrain from celebrating the Holy Eucharist. Our morning worship is Morning Prayer. Our evening worship is the Good Friday Liturgy.

You can find the readings and prayers for Holy Week here →

Easter Day

April 21

9:30 AM Worship at the Serene Hills Elementary School

“Alleluia! Christ is Risen”
“The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!”

Rejoice! Jesus is alive! We celebrate the eternal truth and joy of Resurrection; the assurance of hope and restoration; and that through the power of God we are always an Easter people, granted an Easter life to live and to share. Come celebrate!

On Easter Day our Lenten observance is ended, and we celebrate the Good News of God’s eternal beginning for all people, revealed first in the raising of Jesus Christ from the dead. We’ll celebrate this day; sing some, and hear the ancient story; we’ll pray for the world and share in the Lord’s Supper. We’ll have an Easter Egg Hunt on the playground after worship, and we invite one another to bring a treat to share for after the service.

And then, we’ll go into our neighborhoods… hopeful; joyful; knowing the peace that passes all understanding; and graciously filled with the new life the Lord offers not just on Easter, but every day, and for all time.

“…I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!” -Romans 8:38-39

But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised…” - Mark 16:6

You can find the readings and prayers for Holy Week here →