First Christian Church invites you to participate in any and all of our special Holy Week events during this very special season focused on remembering and honoring Jesus Christ.  Below is a list of Holy Week events at First Christian Church.  Click here to download Holy Week Curriculum to share with your family.  This curriculum shares the historical and spiritual significance of each celebration.  It also offers an activity that allows you to live out Holy Week with your loved ones.

Congregational Palm Parade

Palm Sunday, April 9, 10:30am

Join us as we gather with St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Shannon Miller Park. Our brief liturgy will be followed by a palm parade, returning to our sanctuary for the 11am service. Parents, there will be no Children's Sunday School this day so that we can all participate in the Palm Liturgy and Parade. Members of the 2017 Pastors'; Class will be baptized during the 11am Traditional Service.

Holy Communion Service

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7pm

Our Maundy Thursday service will provide a powerful worship setting in which members of the 2017 Pastors' Class will celebrate their first communion. Come share in the wonder of Christ's first Holy Communion and encounter the Bread and Cup in new and familiar ways!

Service of Darkness

Good Friday, April 14, 7pm

Tenebrae services have been observed since the fifth century. The Latin word, tenebrae, means “darkness.” Candles were gradually extinguished on Good Friday while the church was in total darkness on Holy Saturday. The Tenebrae Service was treated as a funeral service, a dirge, commemorating the death of Jesus Christ.

The twelve candles represent the twelve disciples. The extinguishing of the candles symbolizes the fading loyalty of the disciples and followers of Jesus. The gradual darkening of the church portrays the diminishing light of the world as Christ was departing from it.

Tenebrae is a service of darkness. There is no communion and no sermon. The readings follow the Passion Story in the Gospel of Mark. A candle is extinguished after each reading to show Jesus’ abandonment by the disciples and his followers. All of humanity shares in the responsibility for Jesus’ death on the cross.

Easter Prayer Vigil

Friday, April 14, 8pm through Sunday, April 16, 6am

Spending time with God in prayer nurtures a vital relationship and equips us to meet life’s challenges and struggles. The Elders of First Christian invite you to take part in one of the most important traditions we celebrate each year—our Annual Easter Prayer Vigil. As we remember the crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord this Easter season, we offer the significant opportunity for families and individuals to take part in our Easter Prayer Vigil. This is your opportunity to pray for our congregation and community during the hours leading up to Easter morning. Spend quiet moments with God in the peacefulness of our Chapel—come and pray.

Easter Services

Sunday, April 16, 8:15, 9 & 11am

Come worship with us at any of our three regular services. While here, you're invited to enjoy a special brunch with the church family in the Fellowship Hall. Brunch is served from 8:30am - 11am and is hosted by the Cornerstones Sunday School Class.

For more information about Holy Week events, contact Jennifer Humphrey by email or call 405-341-3544.

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