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Holy Week and Easter

 Dear Westminster Family and Friends,

We are entering a Holy Week unlike any we’ve experienced before, and while there may be anxiety, wouldn’t you agree it is often in those uneasy moments of life we are able to clearly sense God’s presence?  I pray it is true for you this week, and the events of this week will give way to the joy of Easter on the Day of Resurrection. Since things are different this year, I wanted to share some guidance about how you can participate in Holy Week worship:

MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 9

6:00 p.m. Pre-Recorded Worship and Communion
Maundy Thursday Printable Bulletin

Plan to tune in to the Westminster FaceBook page at 6 p.m. to share in a Maundy Thursday service. You’ll be seeing my family around our kitchen table for prayer, a meditation, and communion. To prepare, get together bread (or crackers), juice (or wine). If you can’t find everything, join in anyway. It will be best if you’re also at a table – kitchen table or coffee table. Everyone should have an empty cup at the beginning for the juice. As the service unfolds, you will be able to pause it if necessary to “catch up” if it takes your family longer than mine to serve everyone at the table. If you cannot join us at 6, you can access the video on WPCs Facebook or YouTube pages anytime afterward.

GOOD FRIDAY, April 10

6:00 p.m. Live Stream Worship*
The Seven Last Words of Jesus
Good Friday Printable Bulletin

Tune in to Westminster’s Facebook Page at 6 p.m. for Facebook Live Stream Worship*. We will pray, sing, and read from the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ last words from the cross. If you’d like to participate in the Tenebrae part of the service, set up 7 candles and light them as the service begins.

EASTER SUNDAY, April 12

SUNRISE SERVICE
6:45 a.m. Live Stream Worship*

You’re invited to join us on the Westminster Facebook Page for a 15 minute Live Stream Sunrise Service at 6:45 a.m. You can join us from your living room, or as many are doing, go outside and light a candle, fire pit, or flashlight as a sign of resurrection light breaking into the darkness. Take a selfie of you and your light and post it in the Facebook Live Comments.

Here’s a link, featuring Pastor Daniel and Pastor Spike of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, to an article the Post & Courier did on the idea:

HE HAS RISEN
11:00 a.m. Live Stream Worship*

Tune in to Westminster’s Facebook Page at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

THE FLOWER CROSSbr / On Easter after noon, thanks to the Worship Committee, the flower cross will be beautiful and complete out on the front steps of the church from Noon to Sunset. If you have flowers, bring them for the “finishing touches,” and take a post-able picture to remember Easter 2020!

I look forward to the blessings of the week and being with you in Spirit for worship.

Grace and Peace,

 Daniel

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Holy Week and Easter at Westminster

Palm Sunday
Join us for a Palm Sunday livestream worship* @ 11:00 am. Download Bulletin

Maundy Thursday
Table worship* with communion @ 6:00 pm. Pastor Daniel will host a Maundy Thursday worship experience from the Smoak’s kitchen table. Gather with your household around a table and join in. To participate in communion, have bread and juice or wine ready. Daniel will explain everything as we worship together.

Good Friday
The Seven Last Words of Jesus at 6:00 pm. Livestream worship* from the WPC sanctuary. We’ll worship by hearing the words Jesus spoke in his final hours.

Easter Sunday
Sunrise Service. Jesus is the Light of the World! At 6:45, join a 15 minute livestream worship.* Plan to light a fire- a candle, firepit, flashlight, or fireplace as a sign that Jesus is the light that could not be snuffed out. Post a picture of you and your light in the comments during the livestream.

Join us for an Easter Sunday livestream worship* @ 11:00 am.

The Flower Cross. On Easter after noon, thanks to the Worship Committee, the flower cross will be beautiful and complete out on the front steps of the church. If you have flowers, bring them for the “finishing touches,” and take a post-able picture to remember Easter 2020!

*all worship services are accessible at the appointed times on Westminster’s Facebook page and then later on Westminster’s YouTube channel. (search ‘Westminster Presbyterian Charleston’ for both) Worship bulletins will be available at westminstercharleston.org

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