Thursday – 29th
At Ames UMC, Maundy Thursday worship service will be held at 7pm – 7:45pm. 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. We will listen again to the story of Jesus’ “new commandment” that he gave to his disciples before his death—the commandment to “love one another”. We will share together in remembering the Lord’s Supper.
Friday – 30th
At Ames UMC, Pastor Cephas Davis will lead a brief Good Friday service of worship recalling “The Seven Last Words of Christ” at 5:30 p.m. in the church’s chapel on the main level.
“Grief of Good Friday” will be the theme of worship at 7 p.m. at Ames UCC on Good Friday. The story of Good Friday is so horrible, so sorrowful, that many (most?) of us skip it, looking the other way until Easter’s sunrise. This year we are going to tap into the sorrow as it connects to the sorrow in our own lives via Mary the Mother of Jesus. Ours is not a god that wants suffering but one who knows it intimately yet still offers hope. Childcare will be provided.
First Christian Church will also be hosting a Prayer Vigil beginning at 1:00 pm on Good Friday and ending at 6:00 am Easter Sunday. 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, book, 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
Sunday – 1st
Easter Sunrise Service, involving all three congregations (FCC, UCC, and UMC), will be held at Reiman Gardens in the conservatory at 7 a.m. There will be a light refreshment served following the worship celebration.
Easter Services :
The “First Service of Easter” will occur as people gather for our weekly Saturday at First worship at 5:30 p.m. on March 31.
Our Easter celebrations of worship will continue at our regular Sunday 8:30am and 11am 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. Anson Woodin will be here to sing two special solos for Easter morning. Pastor Fred will be preaching and his sermon is titled “Resurrection”.