Easter2016smallEaster Services:

Saturday April 15, 7:45 pm

Easter Sunday, April 16, 8am and 10:30am

(details below)

Holy Week

Holy Week is a time for us to ponder on the incredible love that Jesus the Christ, the Man/God showed to humanity by allowing us to kill him, and the tremendous sadness that we each have within our own nature the ability to do that to another human being. Jesus did not respond to human violence with violence but with non-violent resistance and showed by his resurrection that violence is powerless over life. God’s unconditional love is shown in that even though humanity did its worst, Jesus the Christ came back and stays in relationship to us.

Palm Sunday April 9, 8am and 10:30 am

Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday, when we remember Jesus’ triumphant ride into Jerusalem, incongruously on a donkey. This is the service when we process with palms and then go suddenly into the Passion Gospel, relating Jesus’ betrayal, trial and death; it’s a sudden change which brings us up short and connects us to the pathos of human love and human loss. 8 a.m., Contemplative Communion. 10:30 a.m., Palm Sunday Liturgy with Blessing of Palms, Procession and Passion Gospel.

Special Service with Bishop Mary Wednesday April 12, 6:00 pm

On Wednesday, April 11, members of all the Episcopal churches in San Luis Obispo are invited to St. James’ Paso Robles for a special service at 6:00pm. The service, led by the Bishop, will include blessing the oils which are used for baptism and healing, and renewal of vows for all orders, from lay people to Bishop.

Maundy Thursday April 13, 6:15pm and 7pm

On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and the subsequent betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane. After a simple Eucharist with (optional foot-washing) the church is stripped of all its color and artwork, ending with the stripping of the altar, reminding us of how Jesus was stripped naked. We depart in silence, just as his disciples left him, silently melting into the night. We will again be joined by friends from Trinity United Methodist church for this evening of bitter-sweet remembering. Prior to the 7pm service there will be an opoortunity to walk the Stations of the Cross at 6:15pm.

Good Friday April 14, 12noon, 2:30pm, 7:30pm

Good Friday is the day when Jesus was crucified. The Scriptures tell us that he hung on the cross for three hours, which we remember from noon until three. Some people choose to fast until 3 pm as a way of personally connecting with Jesus’ sacrifice. We will mark the day with a traditional Good Friday liturgy at 12 noon and the church will be open for prayer and meditation from then until 2:30 when we will walk the Stations of the Cross. Then in the evening at 7:30 we are invited to Trinity United Methodist Church where our combined choirs will lead us in a program of readings and music.

Holy Saturday and Easter Vigil April 15, 7:45 pm

Holy Saturday – the time when Jesus was in the tomb. Then … Finally we get to Easter, but we can’t quite wait until Easter morning, so we celebrate the night of Jesus’ resurrection starting at 7:30 pm on Saturday with the Great Vigil of Easter. During this ancient service we light the new fire and bring light into the church for the recounting of our salvation history. Then, after we have renewed our Baptismal Vows, we celebrate the resurrection in a joyful singing of the Gloria before celebrating the first Eucharist of Easter. 8 p.m., Easter Vigil, the first service of Easter

Easter Day Sunday, April 16 8 am and 10:30 am

Our celebration continues on Easter Morning, with a contemplative communion service at 8am and a Festival Eucharist at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome, young and old to this as to all our services.