April 9 | Palm to Passion Sunday & Parade
This year’s Palm Sunday begins with a parade through the neighborhood during the Sunday School hour (10:15am). Before and after our parade, our worship will be readings and music celebrating Christ’s glorious entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through his Passion on Friday. The service opens with palm branches waving and shouts of “Hosanna” but as the story of the passion unfolds, their shouts of joy turn to demands for his crucifixion; he receives a crown of thorns as he is handed over to be mocked and killed.
April 13 | Holy Thursday (12pm + 7pm)
Commemorate the day Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples and washed their feet. Later that night, he went with them to the Garden of
Gethsemane to pray. The noon service will be a traditional foot washing observance. In the evening, we will experience the Last Supper with music, prayers and readings.
April 14 | Good Friday (12pm + 7pm)
In partnership with the Mid-North Church Council, North Church will host the annual Community Good Friday service of intercessory prayers for our community, nation and the world. At 7pm, the music of Requiem by Mack Wilberg will fill the Sanctuary for our Good Friday service. The Requiem is written for chorus, baritone, soprano and string orchestra with horns, flutes and harp. It uses two traditional texts – “Requiem aeternam” (Latin for “eternal rest”) and “Kyrie eleison” (Greek for “Lord have mercy”) – along with another Latin liturgical text, “O nata lux” (O Jesus Born of Light). The remainder is in English and includes psalms such as “I will lift up mine eyes,” “How lovely is thy dwelling place” and “The Lord is my shepherd.” A passage from the Gospel of John is also used: “I am the resurrection and the life.” Mack Wilberg said, “A Requiem does not have to do with any specific church’s dogma, I think it’s associated with consolation and solace.” Craig Jessop, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who premiered the work describes the Requiem: “It’s hauntingly beautiful and serene. In some ways, it compels you to leave this hustle-bustle world and lulls you into deep serenity, introspection and consolation.”
April 16 | Easter Sunday
Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a joyful and festive worship experience. At 8:30am, we will have Holy Communion. At 11am, the Carolers will share special music along with music by the Cathedral Singers. Note: a special offering will be taken for the Global Interfaith Partnership (GIP). GIP is the united effort of congregations, schools and families from Indiana and the Chulaimbo region of western Kenya to respond to the needs of Chulaimbo’s vulnerable children. GIP, through its work in Kenya, has shown some impressive numbers. They feed 3,200 students per day in 18 primary schools in Kenya. With only 25 dollars and assistance from the local community, they can feed a child for an entire school year.