HOLY WEEK – the week prior to Easter Sunday

HOLY WEEK – the week prior to Easter Sunday – is when the Church, in its worship, recalls the events that occurred, and which Jesus endured, during the final week of His life … events which secured the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation for those who acknowledge that their “good works” – no matter how “good” or numerous – can never be sufficient enough to earn the right to be admitted to God’s eternal kingdom.
Jesus, however, by His perfectly obedient life and sacrificial death has earned that right for all who put their trust only in His life and death for that right.

Mountainside will remember and reflect upon these Holy Week events which are central to Christian faith and to our salvation with worship Services on the following days.
Palm/Passion Sunday: April 9, 10:00am. On the Sunday before His arrest and crucifixion, Jesus entered Jerusalem to the shouts of acclamation from a segment of the population. Anticipating what His arrival in Jerusalem portended, we will give devout attention to St. Matthew’s account of Jesus’ Passion and death.
Maundy (Holy) Thursday: April 13, 6:30pm. This Service acknowledges the two mandates (commands; thus “Maundy”) Jesus gave at His Last Supper: [1] “Do this in remembrance of me” – thus instituting the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and [2] “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another.”
Good Friday: April 14, 6:30pm. In somber reverence, we focus on Jesus’ sorrowful path to Golgotha, His cruel execution, and His innocent death … all for us and our salvation!

Although we do not have a worship Service on Saturday, we pause in our individual devotional life to remember in silence of the day during which Jesus’ body lay lifeless in the tomb.

Then on EASTER DAY: April 16, 10:00am, we resume our “Alleluias” as we celebrate the “Queen of Christian Festivals” – Jesus resurrection from the dead, thus enabling and assuring our eventual resurrection on the day Christ returns to gather all the faithful to live with Him in heaven forever. “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!”

Anyone reading this is invited and welcome to worship with us on any of these most holy days.

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