According to the United Methodist Church:
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration.
While John’s gospel does not record the institution of the Lord’s Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. Christians therefore keep this night with celebrations both at the basin (footwashing) and at the Lord’s Table (Holy Communion).
On this 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 lot.