The mission of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is to love, welcome, nurture, and serve all people
by following the example of Jesus Christ.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday
4/5, Supper and Service beginning at 6pm

We remember the events of the night before his state-sponsored murder. Jesus shares a meal with his disciples. He shows them his vision of leadership, by washing their feet. And he goes to the garden of Gethsemane to spend the night in prayer, while his friends fall asleep. At St. Matthew's we will share a meal with one another and remember Jesus among us with reflections by Diane Kaese.

Good Friday
4/6, Service beginning at 7pm

On this ironically named day, we look to the Cross, where Jesus was tortured and executed, and we look to the uncounted other crosses that human cruelty erects. In this service, the "Seven Last Words" of Christ from the cross, taken from all four gospels, are used to focus our attention. Mark Muntzel, Kim Aycox, Lisa Bellan-Boyer, Pastor Paul Nordeen, Andy Rhode, Clarence Ponnapalli, and Paul Bellan-Boyer will offer reflections on each of Jesus' words.

Easter Sunday - Resurrection Day!
4/8 9:30am Community breakfast
11am Holy Communion

In Mark's gospel, three of the women who followed Jesus went to the tomb early in the morning to anoint his body with burial spices. Instead of finding the dead Jesus, the tomb was open, and young man dressed in white told them that Jesus had been raised from the dead. And they fled in fear.

We celebrate the Mystery of Christ's Resurrection by sharing a meal with one another at 9:30 and then sharing his meal of holy communion, Pastor Judith Spint preaching and presiding.

Enter into the mystery of faith,
journey with Jesus through this Holy Week.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City

Armenian miniature of the Last Supper, artist unknown.
White Crucifixion, Marc Chagall, 1938.
The Empty Tomb, Jesus Mafa, illustrations of the Gospel from North Cameroun, circa 1977.

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