Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am

Holy Week & Easter

April 10 - 17, 2022

Palm Sunday

Sunday April 10, 9:00am and 10:30am
Holy Week begins with Jesus' entry into the city of Jerusalem. The cheers and shouts of Hosanna rang throughout the city as the people greeted their king. In the background of this celebration a more foreboding feeling filled those who knew this triumphant entry would lead to trouble for Jesus and his disciples.

Maundy Thursday

Thursday April 14, 6:00pm and 7:30pm
Jesus shares a final meal with his disciples just before his arrest and trial. Before they sit to eat, he kneels down like a servant to wash the feet of his disciples. This simple act of service (a king who becomes a servant) presents a powerful new reality in God's kingdom. At the dinner table, we learn that the disciples are both friends and betrayers. This odd mix of company reveals our own hearts as we gather at the table for Holy Communion.

Good Friday

Friday April 15, 6:00pm
Here we are at the cross. This powerful scene unfolds as God's only Son is crucified. The crucifixion is not some age-old tale, but is the heart of God revealed most clearly. On the cross, Jesus died for our sin. Not only did his body hang lifeless on that tree, so did our sin, our death, and the power of evil in this world. He took it all with him to the grave. As they buried him in the tomb, the sin of the world was buried there, as well. Holy Week closes in darkness as we wait in holy vigil for the coming of dawn.


Saturday April 16,  5:00pm
Sunday April 17, 7:30am, 8:30am^, 9:40am^*, 10:50am
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Easter opens with jubilant, triumphant praise for God who broke into our world to reveal to us abundant and eternal life! The bright morning of Easter, the empty tomb, and the shouts of Alleluia ring throughout time and space as we celebrate the power of God to overcome all darkness, sin, death, and evil!
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
Holy Week closes in darkness as we wait in holy vigil for the coming of dawn.
At Gloria Dei, we hold this holy vigil with a night of prayer. Sign-up for one or more 30 minute time-slot(s) to spend in the Sanctuary in prayer.  Couples/ Families are encouraged to attend together.
--> Sign-up details were emailed out to the congregation (look for email sent Sun March 27 around 9:30am). You may also call the office to sign-up.  Additional information and prayer ideas available here. You are invited to spend time in prayer from home that night as well. 
The Altar Committee is selling plants to decorate the altar for Easter. We will include a list of Easter plant gifts in the Easter Worship morning email. Please include your payment of $16.00 per plant through the online form (includes online transaction fee) OR select 'Pay at Gloria Dei' to deliver payment to church at $15.00 per plant; check payable to Gloria Dei memo line Easter plants. Order deadline Monday April 11, 2022. Please remember to pick up your plant after the 10:50am service on Easter morning. Plants can also be picked up during office hours the week following Easter or the weekend after Easter, plants remaining after April 11, 2021  will be donated.