Holy Week at SUMC
“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gently and riding on a donkey…” (Zechariah 9:9)
The greatest time of the Christian year, the week that includes the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, begins on Palm Sunday. On that day, the Sunday before Easter, Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. The crowds welcomed him by waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
On Monday Jesus entered the Temple in Jerusalem and overturned the tables of the money changers and drove out those who were buying and selling there saying “my house will be called a house of prayer…”
Tuesday Jesus would preach on the Mount of Olives ending the day by telling his disciples “As you know, the Passover is two days away, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” (Matthew 26:1-2)
On Thursday, Jesus met his disciples in the Upper Room, washing their feet and sharing in the Passover meal. On this night he held the Last Supper, now observed as communion, to remember his sacrifice through the sharing of wine and bread. Later that evening he went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray after which he was arrested. This night would be called Maundy (or Holy) Thursday in honor of the new commandment Jesus taught his disciples that evening, to love one another as he had loved them; Maundy meaning commandment.
Friday Jesus was beaten, tried, nailed to a cross and crucified; breathing his last breath around 3 PM in the afternoon. Friday evening his body was taken down from the cross and laid to rest in a tomb. Though not clear why, this would become known as Good Friday.
On Sunday morning, Easter Sunday, several women including Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to discover an angel of the Lord had rolled away the stone that covered the entrance. “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” (Matthew 28:5)
Sterling UMC welcomes all to celebrate Holy Week with us! Click here for service times and details for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.