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Friday, Mar. 26, 2021 until Apr. 8, 2021
Holy Week: HOPE in COVID Times
The journey of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter, is a roller-coaster of emotions that takes us from expectation to confusion, then despair, and eventually joy.
Our experience in the course of the past year of pandemic challenges and restrictions has, at times, felt similar. The suddenness of lockdown, the hope for a lifting of measures, the promise of vaccines, the arrival of a second wave with renewed stay-at-home measures, postponed holiday gatherings, the start of vaccine delivery, the delays, the emergence of COVID-19 variants, and then the gradual roll-out of vaccinations have also left us feeling that we’re on an emotional roller-coaster
We may think we have little connection to the events of Holy Week, which occurred nearly 2,000 years ago – even though it’s a story that we’ve heard many times. But this past year’s grief, fear, and loneliness, as well as hope, empathy, community, and renewed focus on what really matters in life brings us new insight into the raw emotions and humanity of those who walked with Jesus in his last week of his life.
We are in a journey of hope in these COVID times. Please join our YouTube services, which you can watch any time after they’re posted at these times:
• Sunday, March 28 – Palm Sunday, 10:30 a.m. We gather with expectation amidst the cheering crowd and, at the same time, we are confronted with challenging choices when we look at the face of the one who is riding on a donkey into the city.
Current and former Intermediate Choir members will join together virtually to perform the well-loved Palm Sunday hymn, Hosanna, Loud Hosanna.
• Thursday, April 1 – Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. Amidst increasing conflict and chaos, we gather to regroup and be grounded in love, sharing in a simple meal, and serving one another because Jesus knelt and washed our feet.
This is a contemplative service of prayer and music. We will be joined by the Rev. Liz Mackenzie and members of Dewi Sant Welsh United Church.
• Friday, April 2 – Good Friday, 10:30 a.m. As events take on horrific momentum, and become out of control and violent, we are pushed deeply into the presence of God where God seems absent. It brings to mind – in words and in music – God’s story of love, despite everything that is happening.
This is a service of readings and music. There will be reflections on The Passion with readings, choral music from Fairlawn, King’s College Cambridge, and other choirs, beautiful artwork, and a solo dance performance.
• Sunday, April 4 – Easter Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Changed by the experience of these past few days, we are caught off-guard by the sudden newness and joy of a life, even beyond death, and we sing out in hope!
There will be a communion service with the joyous music of Easter, including a virtual performance by the full Fairlawn choir and an opportunity to sing along to Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.