Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Holy Week and Easter 2017

Holy Week and Easter will offer many opportunities for meaningful worship, contemplation, and community. Join us!

Palm Sunday: April 9, 2017

  • Bread and Belonging family-friendly service at 9 am
  • Meditative music at 9:45 am
  • Choral Eucharist at 10:30 am

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

  • Healing service at 6:30 pm
  • A simple soup supper will follow

Maundy Thursday: April 13, 2017

  • Worship service at 12:10 pm
  • Potluck dinner and anointing of feet and hands at 6:30 pm
    (Please bring a hand or bath towel and a potluck finger food to share.)

    Maundy Thursday starts The Great Three Days in an atmosphere of preparation and expectation. Feet and hands will get washed. Hearts will be washed. Space will be washed by voices singing. Bread will be broken, wine will be poured, and the bad tastes in our mouths will be washed away as we taste and see that the Lord is good! We will share a potluck meal of the gifts we bring; finger food most encouraged! Along with bringing food for the table, a bath or hand towel would be helpful. But do not be afraid to come empty-handed! Your heart and voice are all that is necessary.

Good Friday: April 14, 2017

  • Family-friendly gathering from 3 to 6 pm

    Especially for families with children, but open to all. From 3-6 pm, you are welcome to stop by for a simple, immersive exploration of the stations of the cross, and some simple, shared food. Each station will have tactile and/or interactive opportunities, and Pastor Kari Jo will be on hand for whatever questions and conversations arise.

  • Meditative prelude at 7 pm
  • Worship service at 7:30 pm

    In the crucifixion, the Body of Christ is made one with the suffering of all humans in all times and all places. In our evening worship on Good Friday, we will meditate on the meaning of Christ’s passion with readings from the Gospel according to John, brief selections from the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, congregational singing, and choral works composed by Arvo Pärt and Bruce Brolsma. By placing Part’s Beatitudes in jarring proximity to the cross, we finally see the stained-glass hues of time-worn, pious familiarity peeled from those verses in order to gaze straight into the depths of all human suffering. That God does see and would enter into human suffering is not merely made visible in the cross of Jesus. With the cross a divine promise is made and sealed: human suffering is never normative, tolerable, or inevitable. Therefore, blessed be all who suffer poverty, hunger, oppression, persecution, and exhaustion in the pursuit of peace because their future is the same future of God’s victory in the battle over suffering and death!

Holy Saturday: April 15, 2017

  • Preparing the church for Easter (work day) at 11 am
  • Easter Vigil at 9 pm, followed by a celebration

Easter Sunday: April 16, 2017

  • Worship service at 8:30 am (note: no 9 am family-friendly service this week)
  • Community brunch at 9:45 am
  • Worship service at 11 am