Holy Week with Church of the Cross

April 10–Palm Sunday; the Sunday of the Passion
9:30 AM Worship in the Fitzhugh Building at Star Hill Ranch
15000 Hamilton Pool Road in Bee Cave

Worship on this day 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 great 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.” It is our custom this day to depart worship in silence.

April 14–Maundy Thursday
7:00 PM; Holy Eucharist and Foot-Washing
The Lakeway Activity Center
105 Cross Creek in Lakeway

The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word “mandate,” meaning “commandment.” 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 are invited to participate in the practice of foot-washing.

April 15—Good Friday
Morning Worship—The Good Friday Liturgy
9:00 AM on the back patio at the Grove Restaurant
3001 RR 620 S. in Lakeway

Evening Worship—The Way of the Cross
6:00 PM at the Lower Pavilion of Lakeway Park
(Travel all the way to the end of the entrance road. We’ll be under the grove of trees.)

On Good Friday, Jesus went to the cross. On this day we do not celebrate Holy Communion. Instead, we gather for prayers and pray deeply for the world and hear the Passion as told in the Gospel According to John.

In the evening, we gather at Lakeway Park and follow an ancient practice called The Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross… sometimes called the Way of the Cross… began as a practice in the Holy Land, where in Jerusalem pilgrims retraced Jesus’ journey to the cross. These pilgrims then took this practice home with them; and soon people kept the pilgrimage of the Stations in their own hometowns. And now, we who are pilgrims, make this journey at Lakeway Park.

April 16—Holy Saturday
7:00 PM Evening Prayer
Under the tent on the Church Land
Please park in the Nitro Swim parking lot, and make your way to the tent.
Directions to Nitro Swim on HWY 71

Holy Saturday is the great in-between time; the time between Christ’s crucifixion and his resurrection. We will, for a short while, keep vigil that evening, hearing the scriptures and being in prayer.

April 17—Easter Day
9:30 AM Worship and Children’s Ministry
Under the tent on the Church Land
Please park in the Nitro Swim parking lot, and make your way to the tent.
Directions to Nitro Swim on HWY 71

Please bring a treat to share after worship!
Please bring a bell to ring as we celebrate the Resurrection!
And invite a friend!

The word “Easter” comes from an ancient word “aus,” connoting “to shine,” or “dawn,” or “towards the sunrise”; all notions associated with the beginning of a new day and the hope that comes in the morning. And so it is on Easter Day we celebrate the new day brought by Resurrection… first, that of Christ; and then, the Resurrected life we are offered for all eternity that begins right now. 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 on the Church Land, under a tent. We’ll 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 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 as a sent and raised up people… 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