Holy Week and Easter
March 28 – April 4
Our next Messy Church event is a new take on Easter egg hunts. Anyone who wants to participate will receive a link to egg designs to print and color, which we will do together on Sunday, March 28 at 5 PM via Zoom. Then, throughout the following week you are invited to “hide” your egg somewhere on the block surrounding the church or at the lakefront park. You will also be able to “hunt” other people’s eggs by scanning them with your smartphone (leaving the egg for others to find). Like all Messy Church events, this is for anyone who has ever been a child.
Contact email@example.com to sign up. If you are not able to attend the online portion on March 28 and still wish to print and color eggs to hide, or are only able to hunt for eggs, that’s fine, too. All types of participation are welcome.
Zoom participation link for Sunday, March 28 at 5pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81489512441?pwd=c3I3R0tuVWNsRzJ5eWlmbmoyMi9tdz09
March 28 at 10:30am
Come and shout Hosannah as we wave palms and mark Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and our entry into Holy Week. Although we won’t be having the eco-palms we normally would, we will be continuing our Covid Holy Week tradition of making palms with this downloadable file. Click here to join the Zoom service.
Children may want to dance or drum along with the celebrative first anthem! The second anthem, “Wild Hope,” does inspire hope for change, even with today’s challenges!
April 1 at 7:30pm
We will mark Maundy Thursday with a communion service that focuses on embodiment. Jesus says, “this is my body,” but we all have bodies. How do we feel about the past year in our bodies? What did Jesus mean when he said those words and then broke the bread? In being invited to know and love our bodies, we are invited into a holy conversation. Click here to join the Zoom service.
Friday, April 2 at 12:00pm
This Good Friday, our collective community remembers that we belong to each other. We believe we have the power to rise up together and lean into the strength of our foundational bonds of justice for all. We have the power to roll away the stones of white supremacy, greed, and state violence. As we roll the stones away, we commit to co-create systems in which resources are shared, allowing our imaginations to generate radically new ways of living and thriving in a more just society. Join us at 12PM on Friday, April 2nd for virtual prayer, litany, and song.
Register here: https://www.walkforjusticechicago.com/
Saturday, April 3, 7:00pm
Weather permitting, we will hold an Easter Vigil service in the church courtyard (at Chicago Ave. and Lake St. in Evanston). In more traditional Christian churches, an Easter vigil service often marks the official transition from Lent to Easter. It typically begins outdoors, with a fire from which the Paschal candle is lit, and culminates in the return of “Alleluia” as a part of the worship service. In our version, we will use the framework of the resurrection story to mourn what we have lost, both personally and as a greater community in the last year, while also turning out attention to the renewal of hope and new life in the world. Masks and distancing between households will be required, and there will be no singing. However, you will be invited to participate in several ritual actions to make meaning together.
March 4 at 10:30am
Come and hear a message, “The Resurrection Will Be Live(d)” based on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection and Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Be sure to also bring your alleluia butterfly so that we can share a Covid Easter tradition during our Call to Worship. Click here to join the Zoom service.