Easter Sunday Worship: April 16, 2017
Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church invites you to celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 16, 2017. A sunrise service in the outdoor amphitheater begins the day at 6 am. We’ll have a band, the youth choir, a daisy cross and communion. Bring a cushion or blanket to make the tiered steps of the outdoor space more comfortable, and dress in layers — it’s cool in the morning (usually), but warms up as the sun comes out.
At 8, 9:30 and 11 am (please note the earlier time), we offer three traditional Easter worship services in the sanctuary, with a variety of instruments and voices to sing praises on this happy morning. The sanctuary will be filled with flowers — provided in honor and in memory of loved ones. Read more about the significance of the flowers and their colors below.
Children’s Sunday School meets at 9:30 am, and the Childcare Center will be open for the 8, 9:30 and 11 am services.
Boy Scout Troop 30 will serve a pancake breakfast from 7-9:30 am. Donations welcome.
Easter Mission Offering
As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life Christ offers us, we invite you to remember those in need by giving to our special Easter missions offering. Your donations provide encouragement and hope to individuals served by three 501(c)(3) organizations with close ties to PVUMC and the community:
You may give at the Easter services, or online via GIVE NOW. Thank you for being God’s love in action™ by helping others at Easter.
The Colors and Flowers of Easter
The colors most often associated with Easter are yellow, purple, white, green, and gold. As a collage, they may represent the changing colors in nature, and particularly the blooming of flowers, during springtime.
Yellow stands for the sun and its bright radiance of dawn. Purple, though often exemplifying royalty in many cultures, was belatedly imported into Christianity and our Easter tradition. In the language of religious symbols, this color signifies mourning and is associated with Lent, and the sorrow felt over Christ’s physical death on the Cross. White represents the pure divine light of God, exemplifying purity or cleanliness of heart, and joy. Green stands for nature’s perpetual renewal of itself, especially during springtime. Gold is associated with abundance, both materially and spiritually, along with the golden radiance of dawn or daybreak.
Flowers that are traditionally associated with Easter are lilies, tulips, and daffodils. These flowers grow from bulbs and are symbols of the Resurrection for many Christians throughout the world. The colorful flowers symbolize what Easter stands for today: renewal of life, seeds springing forth to new life, and transformation.
Easter is a festival of hope and renewal for us all.
Holy Week Worship
Holy Week begins with Palm/Passion Sunday on April 9 with a Palm Parade by the Sunday school children at 9:30 am worship. On Maundy Thursday, you’re invited to celebrate the Lord’s Supper at a 7 pm worship service in the chapel.
Good Friday worship will be a Tenebrae service with the choir singing Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem with orchestral accompaniment.
During the season of Lent, we explored Gifts of the Dark Wood, based on the book by Eric Elnes, who discusses the blessings we receive while we experience difficulties such as uncertainty, emptiness or temptation. This journey of faith leads us to Easter: to Christ’s resurrection, from death to life, to a new beginning in God’s love and grace. We hope you’ll join us for a new beginning.
PVUMC also offers its Annual Easter Carnival on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Click here to read more about this free, fun family event.