Holy Week and Easter at Sterling UMC

Easter is a time of joy and renewal. Followers of Jesus saw their darkest days replaced with the miracle of hope and eternal life. Christians today take time for self-examination and reflection during Lent. “Going dark” for a few weeks prepares us to fully experience those first rays of resurrection light on Easter. (from the United Methodist Church)

Thursday, March 29, Maundy Thursday we will remember Jesus’ Last Supper with a service that will include communion at 7 PM.

On Good Friday, March 30, we will remember Christ’s crucifixion in worship at 7 PM.

Easter Sunday will begin with a Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM outside (weather permitting) complete with fire.  Our outdoor service area is behind the playground and includes bench type seating and a fire pit.  You are welcome to bring your own chairs.

Immediately following the Sunrise Service, Sterling’s United Methodist Men will begin serving breakfast in our Gallihugh Fellowship Hall.  Breakfast will continue to be available until about 10:30 AM.

At 9 AM, worship will return to our sanctuary for a celebration of Christ’s resurrection with a service that will include communion.

The Amigos Spanish language Easter service will be at 10 AM in the sanctuary.

At 11 AM we will celebrate the resurrection once more with our Praise Band and a communion service in the sanctuary.

Also beginning at 7:30 AM photographer Abbie Hernley will be taking family photos or individual photos at the church continuing through the morning.  You can sign up for a spot or just walk up.  A love offering is being accepted and all proceeds are being donated to the Backpack Buddies Program providing weekend meals for kids at our local elementary school.

Please come and spend your Easter morning with us in Worship, enjoying breakfast, and capture your Easter memory in a photo.  You are also invited to bring cut flowers to decorate the cross near the entrance off the front parking as a reminder that those darkest days have been replaced with the miracle of hope and eternal life.

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope, and joy,
will live in us each day;
and that we will be bearers of that light
into the lives of others.

(from a  prayer was composed by the Rev. Michaela Youngson)

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