Easter Sunday Worship: April 21, 2019
Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church invites you to celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 21, 2019. A sunrise service in the outdoor amphitheater begins the day at 6 am. We’ll have music, 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 — sometimes it’s cool in the morning but warms up fast when the sun comes out.
At 8 and 9:30 am, we offer TWO TRADITIONAL Easter worship services in the sanctuary, with a variety of instruments and voices to sing praises on this happy morning. We’ll have choirs, organ, brass, and bells.
At 11 am, the Ignite MODERN service offers contemporary worship music, with a band and worship leader. The Ignite worship service usually meets in the chapel but will move to the sanctuary for three weeks in April — April 7, 14 and 21.
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, 7-11 am. Proceeds benefit youth missions and ministry.
Children’s Easter Carnival on Saturday, April 20, 2019
On Saturday, April 20, 2019, you’re invited to a morning of Easter egg hunts, crafts, games, bounce houses, model trains and more!
Holy Week Worship
Holy Week begins with Palm/Passion Sunday on April 14, 2019 with a Palm Parade by the Sunday school children at 9:30 am worship. On Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019, you’re invited to celebrate Communion, 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 led by the Chancel Choir singing Rutter’s Requiem. This service is in the sanctuary at 7 pm.
During the season of Lent, we are exploring Jesus through the eyes of his followers and those who knew him best, including his disciples. See the Upcoming Sermons page for sermon titles and Listen to Previous Sermons. Several Journeys small groups at pvumc are studying the book, Entering the Passion of Jesus, a Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, by Amy-Jill Levine. Another book called Jesus, the Son of Man by Kahlil Gibran offers a unique opportunity to participate in an online study with the PVUMC Ignite Facebook group. See the event on the Facebook page or email Christopher@pvumc.org.
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. Visit GIVE NOW to make your payment (choose “Other” and include your “Easter Flower Dedication” in the comments section). You may also pay with a check on Sunday or during the week, but need to include a form with the payment. The form will be included in the Sunday worship bulletin/Looking Ahead March 24-April 7, 2019. 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.