Holy Week Worship
Holy Week begins with Palm/Passion Sunday on April 14, 2019. Children are invited to join the joyful Palm Parade led by the Sunday School teachers and children at the 9:30 am worship service at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. Services will also be held at 8 am in the chapel and at 11 am in the sanctuary. The later service is the Modern Ignite service, which usually meets in the chapel, but is moving to the sanctuary in preparation for Easter on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Holy Week continues with PVUMC’s Maundy Thursday service on April 18, 2019, and at the Good Friday service on April 19, 2019.
On Maundy Thursday, we remember how Jesus gathered with his disciples and celebrated the Last Supper. You’re invited to celebrate the Last Supper, also known as Communion or the Lord’s Supper, that evening. We’ll also explain how Jesus washed his disciples’ feet the night he was betrayed by one of them, and invite you to experience handwashing as a way to connect with others and feel the self-giving love of Jesus. 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. John Rutter’s Requiem is considered his most beautiful and exquisite composition. Exploring themes of life and death, Rutter combines traditional movements of the Latin Mass with English texts from Psalm 130 (Out of the Deep), Psalm 23 (The Lord is My Shepherd) and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. “For me it stands as a clear sign of humanity’s quest for solace and light amidst the darkness and troubles of our age.” – John Rutter. The Good Friday Requiem will feature the PVUMC Chancel Choir, chamber orchestra, and soprano soloist Abby Krawson. Good Friday is a time to remember Christ’s death on the cross. We anticipate Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Read more about our Easter Sunday services at 6 am (sunrise), 8 and 9:30 am (traditional) and 11 am (modern).
The Season of Lent
During the season of Lent, you’re invited to explore Jesus through the eyes of his followers and those who knew him best, including his disciples. See the Upcoming Sermons page for this week’s sermon and scripture and see what we have planned later in the season. Visit Listen to Previous Sermons to hear past 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.
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!
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.
Dedicate Flowers to Loved Ones at 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.
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.