The following is a rundown of events for 2023

Palm Sunday—April 2 at 10 AM with Holy Communion.

  Palm Sunday begins Holy Week.  On this day we process forward with palm branches in order to reenact Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (see Luke 19:37-40). A word you will hear often in this service is “hosanna.” “Hosanna” is a transliteration of the Hebrew phrase that expresses the plea “Lord, save us”—a cry of joyful hope.  Come, wave your palm branch and celebrate Jesus—the Victorious King! 

Maundy Thursday—April 6 at 7 PM with Holy Communion.

This service captures the happenings of Jesus with his disciples in the Upper Room before his arrest and betrayal.  This service gives us much to think about.  If we were there as one of Jesus’ disciples, what would we have been thinking?  Undoubtedly, we’d marvel at Jesus’ call for humble service as he washed his disciples’ feet.  Come this night to hear about Jesus’ desire to serve you!  The stripping of the altar ends the Maundy Thursday service—this is a moving way to represent Jesus’ humiliation at the hands of those who crucified him.  The stripping of the altar happens in silence as we prepare our hearts and minds for Good Friday and Jesus’ death.   

Good Friday—April 7 at 7 PM.

What is so good about Good Friday?  Come and find out!  This is an austere and simple service that focusses on the fulfillment of God’s promises in Christ Jesus’ death—the full payment for our sins—that’s why Good Friday is “good.”  At Peace we recognize this in a personal way.  Each participant receives a nail at the beginning of worship that can then be placed into the cross on the narthex at the conclusion of the service.  This reminds us that our debt has been paid by Jesus’ death. 

Easter—April 9 at 10 am with Holy Communion.

Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.  Jesus did not remain in the tomb, but rose from the tomb and lives.  This is a day of celebration!  We will welcome back our church choir to sing some powerful Easter songs.  When the pastor says, “Alleluia.  Christ is risen”, be ready to reply, “He is risen indeed!  Alleluia.”  This is our way of saying, “Jesus wins and so do we!”

Easter Egg Hunt at Peace Lutheran Church – Philomath

Following worship service (about 11:15 AM) on Easter Sunday, April 9th, Peace will be hosting an Easter Egg hunt for all children in the 6th grade and below. Please join us and invite your friends and neighbors. Have a wonderful Easter. He is Risen!