Holy Week - April 9-15


Easter, Sunday April 16th

8am Easter Service
8:00am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II (spoken)
9:15am Coffee Hour
10:30am Easter Service
10:30am Holy Eucharist, Rite II (with choir music)
11:30am Coffee Hour
12:00pm Easter Egg Hunt for all children

Easter Vigil, Saturday April 15th at 7pm

7:00pm Holy Eucharist - This service is traditionally known as the “Christian Seder.” The services begins with the Kindling of the New Fire, followed by the lighting of the Paschal Candle, a series of readings from the Old Testament interspersed with music, the Easter Acclamation, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and the First Eucharist of Easter. We will have a baptism at this service. The service will be followed by a champagne and strawberry reception, with a cake in honor of the baptizand.

Good Friday, Friday April 14th

12:00pm (noon) For several years Christians on the Plateau have joined together on Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion of Christ and pray for the Church's unity.  The 30-minute service will be held at the park adjacent to Sammamish City Hall.
7:00pm  The service includes Stations of the Cross, Veneration of the Cross and Prayers (Solemn Collects), and Distribution of Holy Communion from the Reserved.

Maundy Thursday, Thursday April 13th at 7pm

The Maundy (Holy) Thursday service commemorates Jesus’ last meal before his death and the institution of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion). The Service will include foot washing (optional), a Agape Feast, Communion, and the Stripping of the Altar. Please note: All are invited, but no one is required, to participate in the foot washing rite. Worshipers may participate as they feel comfortable.
Please join your fellow Good Samaritans as we share a special meal and a service that commemorates the Last Supper and prepares us for the final walk of Holy Week.
The food:
Appetizers - pita, hummus, dates, figs, and cheese.
Main meal - boiled eggs, fresh fruits, and a salad with Israeli couscous, spring vegetables and either chicken or lamb.
And some wine
An offering will be received to help offset the costs of the meal (suggested donation: $10/person, $25/family). Please help us out by signing up so we can figure out how much food to prepare. The signup sheet is in the Narthex or you can let Julie Reed know. Looking forward to sharing this time with you!

Palm Sunday, Sunday April 9th

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, the day the Church commemorates Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion.  Services include the Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist.
The service will begin outside (weather permitting) with the Liturgy of the Palms, followed by procession into the Church.  The Passion Narrative will be read near the end of all services.
8:00am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II (spoken)
10:15am  Sunday School for children 3-12 years (no adult education/forum)
10:30am Holy Eucharist, Rite II (with music)
11:30am Coffee Hour
Worshipers are encouraged to take home their palm leaf after the service.  Many Christians display them someplace convenient in the home as a reminder of their faith.  Next year, the dried palm leaves will be collected prior to Shove Tuesday.  After next year’s pancake supper, we’ll burn the palms and make ashes for use on Ash Wednesday.
Palm Sunday Socks
On Palm Sunday we collect socks for homeless teens at The University Youth Center in Seattle. The socks represent the clothing that was laid down as Jesus rode into the city. White gym style socks of different sizes are needed. There will be baskets for collection of the socks in the Narthex on Palm Sunday.