The Easter season is a seven-week celebration of the Risen Christ. For this season, Two Rivers UMC will celebrate a new series called, “Risen.” Providing a strike contrast from the seven weeks of Lent called “Forsaken,” this new series will take a closer look at the stories of Jesus after the Resurrection.
April 23 – Sending – Matthew 28:16-20
April 30 – Empowering – John 20:19-31
May 7 – Fishing – John 21:1-14
May 14 – Forgiving (and Restoring) – John 21:15-19
May 21 – Teaching (and Revealing) – Luke 24:13-35
May 28 – Promising – Luke 24:44-53
Thursday, Friday, and Sunday March 24, 25, and 27 form the holiest three days of the Christian year. Known sometimes as Holy Week, these three days are a chance to remember Jesus’ final acts of life, service, sacrifice, and resurrection.
While the powers of the world wanted to crush the dreams and visions of God, Jesus revealed to us the path of love, forgiveness, and grace. The dreams and visions of God could not be erased with a Cross.
Maundy Thursday 6:30 – This strange word means “Commandment.” On this day we remember Jesus command to his disciples to love like he loved. We remember Jesus enacting what we now call Communion. We break the bread and share the cup to re-member Jesus.
Good Friday 3-6 p.m. It is on this Friday that Jesus was crucified. People are invited to come any time between 3 and 6 p.m. to participate in a self-guided tour. Right inside the front door, a booklet will be available for people to pick up. They will then be guided in readings and prayers as they walk along the Stations of the Gospel, remembering Jesus life, teaching, and death.
Easter Sunday. In the South Parking lot we will gather to meet the Risen Christ under the rising sun. It was at dawn that the women found the empty tomb and first encountered Jesus resurrected. After this service, we will share a breakfast inside with pancakes and sausage. Kids will enjoy a fun Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. before starting a glorious Easter celebration. A brass combo will be a part of the celebration.
Easter Sunday is April 5. It is the holiest day of the Christian year, and a day of great rejoicing. The best way to experience the power and joy of Easter though, is to experience the rest of Holy Week.
Palm Sunday – 4:00 p.m. Two Rivers Church and The Center For Living Arts present Godspell. A 4:00 p.m. presentation of the energetic musical will be a great way to begin the Holy Week eperience.
Maundy Thursday – 6:30 p.m. The worship service will be the telling of the story of Jesus’ last days. It is a responsive reading, beautiful in its simplicity. Similar to a Christmas service of lessons and carols, this Maundy Thursday service combines readings and solemn hymns. The service includes Communion and the stripping of the altar.
Good Friday – 3:00-6:00 p.m. The church will be open for people to do a self-guided reflection. There will be stations throughout the church for people to do reading, prayer, and reflect on the crucifixion.
6:30 Sunrise Service meets in the south parking lot, with a spectacular view of the rising sun.
7:15-8:30 Pancakes and Sausage will be served by the United Methodist Men.
8:30 Easter Egg Hunt for the kids in the sanctuary
9:30 Worship the risen Christ with beautiful traditional service. Trumpets and organ will welcome the empty tomb. New members will be welcomed into the Two Rivers family, and all will be invited to Christ’s Table of Grace.