Our usual 4:30PM Saturday service will not be celebrated on April 4 so that we may celebrate the Great Easter Vigil at 8 PM on Holy Saturday.
Holy Week & Easter Service TimesAll are warmly invited Maundy Thursday Service Thursday, April 2 7:00 p.m. This evening marks the beginning of the Triduum (three days). Tonight we begin a celebration that will not end until the exultant conclusion of the Great Vigil of Easter. We hear the story of Jesus' sharing of himself with us, and his ultimate sacrifice of love. In washing the hands of our neighbors, as Jesus once washed the feet of his followers, we are reminded that we are called to love one another.
Good Friday ServiceFriday, April 3 7:00 p.m. When we return on Good Friday, we hear about Jesus' betrayal, capture and trial. We hear of his humiliation, his interrogation. We are reminded that the night, for him, was long and lonely. During the liturgy we reverence the Cross because Jesus' death was, paradoxically, the moment of his triumph.
Blessing of Easter FoodSaturday, April 4 12:00 Noon in the Church Blessing of Easter Baskets & Food Come and experience this ancient tradition. Bring some of the food you'll serve on Easter Sunday and have it blessed. There are prayers of blessing for all kinds of food and drink. In Holy Saturdays past, some have even brought Easter Baskets that the Easter Bunny dropped off early! All are welcome.
The Great Vigil of EasterSaturday, April 4 8:00 p.m. No other service in our shared experience is as full of the heritage of our faith; no other time in the year do we gather together all of the richest metaphors and symbols of faith. We gather outside around a new fire, itself a sign of creation renewed. From it we light the paschal candle to illumine our way. As the pillar of fire led the people of Israel in the wilderness, so the paschal candle will lead us to Easter -- the light of Christ our beacon. One by one, we proclaim and hear the stories of our faith. We recall our ancestors and God's saving work among us throughout the ages -- creation from a Word, the earth washed clean in the flood, the deliverance at the Red Sea, dry bones given life again. At our font we remember our own welcome into the community of faith, and we are reminded that at this font we welcome others into our faith. Finally, we hear again that death has been defeated. He is risen! Please note: there is no 4:30 liturgy on this day.
Easter SundaySunday, April 5 10:00 a.m. Come and share the Good News of Jesus' resurrection with this community of faith. Let it transform you. Let it give you hope. Let it give you strength. Most importantly, let it remind you to give hope to others. Let it remind you to be light for the world. Rumor has it that the Easter Bunny will be paying a special visit to St. Nicholas after this service. While the children wait, they can enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt in true St. Nicholas style!
For our Ron G. who is to have knee surgery: pray for a successful procedure and that Ron is up and around fully healed and feeling tip-top again.
For those who perished in the Germanwings Airline disaster in the French Alps: pray for those who lost their lives so senselessly as we also pray for all who grieve and mourn their lost loved ones.
For all our Jewish sisters and brothers as they prepare for their holy season of Passover starting April 3 until April 11: pray for God’s chosen ones to be spiritually sustained and blessed.
For those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation or Reception into the Church: pray their journey in faith leads them to abundant blessings, joy and grace.
And more prayers for people in the St Nicholas Community…