Holy Week (click “Holy Week” for a downloadable version)



This year we will be celebrating Palm Sunday on the weekend of March 19-20. We will recall the joyful, triumphant crowds that cried “Hosanna!” on the day of Jesus’ ride into the city of Jerusalem. The children of the church will be joining in the annual “parade” at the start of worship. Pastor Fred will be preaching on the text from Luke 19: 28-40 and he is titling his message, “With Creation on Our Side.” Then, as the service moves along we will have some moments to engage with and face the shadow of Holy Week and the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. The worship will end with the congregational hymn “Were You There?”



Come & Worship Here at 7 p.m. March 24

As we journey into Holy Week we open ourselves to reflect on a full range of emotions. It is a time to embrace our humanity along with Jesus. Our worship on Maundy Thursday will be held here and our Friends in Faith from the United Church of Christ and First Christian Church will be joining with us. A massed choir will sing. We will listen again to Jesus’ new commandment that he gave to his disciples before his death—the commandment to love one another as found in John 13:34-35. We will share together in remembering the Lord’s Supper. The worship will conclude with “A Service of Shadows: Tenebrae.”


GOOD FRIDAY – March 25

Several Options for you to Worship on this Holy Day

Join together at Ames First United Methodist Church with church members and friends at 5:30 p.m. for a deeply moving service of worship in our new chapel space led by Pastor Cephas Davis. The focus of the service will be “The Seven Words of the Cross.” Come to worship God and then depart into a night of quiet and contemplation as you remember Jesus’ saving and redeeming act on the cross.

Our Friends in Faith at First Christian Church (6th & Clark) will have a Good Friday Prayer Service at Noon. Go in the West Parking lot entry and take the elevator up to 2. The service will be held in their newly remodeled Great Room. Turn left down the hall once you get off the elevator. First Christian Church will also be hosting a Prayer Vigil beginning at 1:00 pm on Good Friday, March 25 and ending at 6:00 am Easter Sunday, March 27th. This vigil keeps a constant flow of prayer from the time of Jesus’ crucifixion until the early morning when the tomb is found empty. The prayer room for the vigil is supplied with Bibles, hymnals, devotionals, books, art supplies, and communion elements so each person can experience quiet and reflection in their own way, adding their prayers to those who prayed before. You are invited to sign up for one or more 30 minute time periods (beginning/ending on the hour and half hour) in which you will keep the prayer flowing. In order to keep the flow continuous, please sign up for the time(s) you wish to pray at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0849aca823a0f94-easter

Our Friends in Faith at United Church of Christ (across the street) will have a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. That worship service will include contemporary readings, classic hymns, and women blessing the cross with petals.




The “First Service of Easter” will occur as people gather for our weekly Saturday at First worship at 5:30 p.m. on March 26. Then, Easter morning will dawn and we will join with our “Friends in Faith” from FCC and UCC for an “Easter Sunrise” worship celebration at 7 a.m. at First Christian/Disciples of Christ Church located at 611 Clark. We will worship together and then enjoy a, Easter morning breakfast together!

Easter celebrations of worship will continue at our regular 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. times. Myrna Cakerice will be providing fine uplifting music for this holy day and our Chancel Choir will be singing out a glad resurrection anthem. “The Holy City” will be sung by soloist Anson Woodin. Pastor Fred will be preaching.

The 150th Church Anniversary Team is inviting you to remember the days of yesteryear…Remember when Easter meant a new dress and patent leather shoes or a new shirt and tie? Maybe both your mom and dad had new hats—and your mother wouldn’t be seen in church without a spotless pair of white gloves. In honor of our 150th anniversary year, let’s revisit those days with hats and gloves, suits and perhaps a bright Easter tie. Have fun with it as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.