Holy Week marks the journey of Jesus' last days on earth. Join your brothers in Christ to remember and pray during the holiest week of our church year.
Palm Sunday- marks Jesus' triumphant ride into Jerusalem before he was arrested a few days later. Many congregations mark this as Passion Sunday as well, often choosing to read the story of Christ's passion in worship.
Maundy Thursday- marks the day when Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples and later was arrested. Congregations celebrate this day in many ways, including sharing a meal together, washing each others' feet as Jesus did for his disciples, and celebrating Holy Communion. At the end of the worship service, everything is removed from the altar- all linens, candles and other objects- in silence as we prepare to remember Jesus' death on the cross on Good Friday.
Good Friday- marks the day that Jesus was crucified. Many churches have noon services to commemorate the hour when Jesus was killed. Services on Good Friday are very somber and may include reading the 7 last words of Jesus.
Holy Saturday- some congregations observe the Easter Vigil, one of the most ancient and symbolic services of the Christian church. It is a longer worship service, beginning in darkness, as if outside the tomb. Candles are lit as if at a vigil for someone who has died and as a promise that Jesus will overcome the powers of death and darkness. There are many readings from Scripture which speak to God's promise of new life. In the middle of the service, all the lights in the church are turned on and bells are rung as we celebrate the resurrection. From there, baptisms or remembrance of our own baptism is celebrated and a joyful celebration of communion follows.
Easter Sunday- the joyful day of resurrection and the celebration that death is no match for the power of God!!
We invite you to worship at Ascension Lutheran at 7601 York Road, just 3 blocks up from Towson (toward Bill Bateman's, not Starbucks!).
Palm Sunday (March 24)- 8:30am or 11:00am and then 5:00pm student-led worship on campus in the Union (Loch Raven Room)
Maundy Thursday (March 28)-Dinner at 6:45, worship at 7:30pm, both at Ascension Lutheran. Need a ride over? Leaving from West Village at 6:35 and Stephens at 6:40. Email or text Pastor Laura (LSinche@towson.edu or 540-903-3435 by Thursday morning for a ride)
Good Friday (March 29)- Time for reflection and meditation from 12-3 in the campus ministry room in the Union (2nd floor) with a short worship there at 2:30pm. Also 7:30pm at Ascension Lutheran.
Holy Saturday (March 30)- Easter Vigil at 7:30pm St. Mark's Lutheran at 1900 St. Paul St., 21218. Email Karl Muhlbach at email@example.com by Friday morning if you need a ride.
Easter Sunday (March 31)- 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am. (There is no evening worship on Easter) There is Easter dinner at Bob and Hilma Swensen's (the adopted grandparents of campus ministry students!) and they can give you a ride if you meet them after 11am worship. You're also more than welcome to join Pastor Laura's family for Eater dinner- e-mail her!