Easter Sunday Worship: April 1, 2018
Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church invites you to celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 1, 2018. A sunrise service in the outdoor amphitheater begins the day at 6 am. We’ll have a band, 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, we offer three traditional Easter worship services in the sanctuary, with a variety of instruments and voices to sing praises on this happy morning.
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 in the Fellowship Center from 7-9:30 am. Donations welcome.
The church’s on-site coffee shop, the Paradise Perk, will also be open. Proceeds benefit youth missions and ministry.
Holy Week Worship
Holy Week begins with Palm/Passion Sunday on March 25 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, and experience foot washing as a remembrance of the self-giving love of Jesus and his final commandments of love and service to his disciples. Join us for this 7 pm worship service in the chapel.
Good Friday worship will be a Taizé style service, emphasizing Jesus’ love for the world at the time of his crucifixion. The service includes candlelight, reading and singing of scripture, prayers at the cross, and ensemble accompaniment. This service is in the sanctuary at 7 pm. Watch this video to get a taste of Taizé:
During the season of Lent, we explored Why Way Lord? Exploring Your LIfe’s Purpose in the Journeys of Paul, based on the book by Rob Fuquay, in both small group study and in worship. A few of the Journeys small groups at PVUMC studied another book called Renovate, by Jacob Armstrong. The journeys of faith we take during Lent lead 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.
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
On Easter Sunday, the sanctuary will be filled with flowers — provided in honor and in memory of loved ones. You’re invited to purchase plants for $20/plant to express your love and appreciation. Download the form, fill it out, and return it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and visit GIVE NOW to make your payment (choose “Other” and include “Easter Flower Dedication” in the comments section). You may also pay with a check on Sunday or during the week, but need to include your form with the payment. The form will be included in the Sunday worship bulletin/Looking Ahead through March 18, 2018. Read more about the significance of the flowers and their colors below.
The colors most often associated with Easter are yellow, purple, white, green, and gold, and 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.
PVUMC also offers its Annual Easter Carnival on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Click here to read more about this free, fun family event.