Holy Week at Emmaus 2018

Join us as we journey through a rememberance of the final week of Jesus' earthly ministry.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is often not possible for today's families to engage in a daily observance during Holy Week. We invite you to join us on Palm Sunday for an evening walk of remembrance through the major events of the last week of Jesus' earthly ministry. Then, join us for additional worship and meditation throughout the week as you are able, and return on Easter Sunday when we joyfully celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection.

An Evening Walk Through Holy Week

Palm Sunday, March 25

Beginning at 4:00pm - Emmaus Chapel

Jesus Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’  - Matthew 21:8-9

Our observance of Holy Week begins with the triumphant procession of palms. Recall the moment when Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem with a blessing of the palms, jubilant procession, and hymns of praise.
Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples
(Jesus) got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. - John 13: 4-5

Our service continues with a symbolic foot washing* as we gather around the table. Deb and Pastor Emilie will wash the feet of all who are gathered while the congregation pauses to meditate on the example Jesus so expressly left with his friends:

So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. - John 13:14-17

*Participation in foot washing is encouraged, but voluntary.
The Last Supper
While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the* covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’ - Mark 14:22-25

Gathered around a communal table, we will share a lovingly prepared meal, of Seder-inspired foods, sharing the Eucharist during the meal, just as Jesus did with his friends during their last supper together.
Jesus Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” - Matthew 26:36, 38-41

After supper the table and the altar are stripped and all who wish are invited to join in a one-hour silent candlelight vigil remembering Jesus' arrest, trial, and crucifixion. All leave in silence.

Additional Holy Week Events

Additional Holy Week worship events are currently being planned. Please check back here for details.