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Holy Week and Easter

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Worship during Holy Week and Easter is designed for us to experience the last days of Christ’s life; his death, and resurrection. Fear, anger, and deceit abound; as do love, courage, forgiveness, and grace – just like life. Our worship creates a means for God’s story and our story to overlap and intertwine, to lead us through darkness and despair into light and new life.

Holy Week at St. Columba’s this year will be different. Our access to a shared sacred physical place of worship has been interrupted. Though our services are altered to reflect this reality they retain the fundamental heart that orients all our worship: joyful participation in God's divine life. We invite you to think of worship this year as household worship, utilizing some of the resources we’ll suggest you might find around your home while also connecting daily to the various services offered at Columba.org.

Come. Worship with us during Holy Week and Easter.
The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin

HOLY WEEK

SUNday, APRil 5

Palm Sunday

This day explores the great tension between the public’s exuberant welcoming of Jesus into Jerusalem and then their turning against him and shouting to condemn him to death.

Bible, Coffee & Conversation

9:15 am Discuss the scripture readings for the week and reflect on their meaning for our faith journeys and St. C's mission in the community with David Griswold. In the interest of keeping the discussion groups small, Joshua Daniel will lead a second session at the same time. Contact either David or Joshua to join their sessions.

Prayers, Bible Story & Song

9:30 am Join Amy Molina-Moore on Facebook Live for “Prayers, Bible Story and Song for young families” a la our Great Hall style service.
Contact: Amy Molina-Moore

Sunday School for Children and Youth 

10:15 am Join Miss Katie via Zoom video conferencing for a Sunday School lesson for kids ages 3 to 5th grade. Contact Katie McGervey for call-in instructions.

St. Columba's Sunday Worship

11 am Scripture, prayers, music and homily by the Rev. Mally Lloyd, experience Sunday worship in your home. Join Ledlie, David, Joshua and friends as St. Columba's takes its Sunday worship online. Find us on Facebook Live, Columba.org or YouTube. The service will be made available starting at 8 am on Columba.org or YouTube, so you can listen to it at your leisure. It is also offered in prerecorded live stream format at 11 am with interaction by clergy and comment opportunities. Take advantage of the chance to comment and share with us and each other; we want to hear from you!
Download your Worship Bulletin here (to come).

Make Your Offering Here

Youth Sunday School

12 Noon Youth Sunday School is happening this Sunday via Zoom video conferencing. Contact the Youth Council for instructions on how to participate. 

Sung Compline

5 pm Given the wonderful response, we repeat this service from March 29. Enjoy this service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day recorded by a small group of St. C's singers. Based upon the traditional evening liturgy of scripture, music, prayers, and silence, Sung Compline will be offered on Facebook  and YouTube. Come listen, and sing along with us at home. Download your Bulletin. Led by Anne Timpane


Walk with us into the Mystery of Holy Week

Give us this Day, our Daily Bread
Each day of Holy Week we will share more of our daily inspirations with a reflection on the Gospel reading of that day. Be sure to sign up to receive #Columba Daily Bread! These inspirations are sent each morning at 7 am via email.

Children's Walk Through Holy Week

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us from home as we walk through Holy Week. Start by creating your family worship space and gathering items for your Holy Week in a Box. Then follow along with us and with the provided readings to share Jesus' journey through the week. Join us for children's services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Bring your family together to make an Easter Garden and a stained glass window.  

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

Maundy Thursday

Maundy (literally, “mandate”) Thursday retells Jesus gathering his disciples together over a shared meal, washing their feet, and giving them a new command, to “Love one another.” St. Columba's will observe Maundy Thursday by offering a prerecorded service of scripture, prayer, and reflection St. Columba's Maundy Thursday Service is sent to you via #ColumbaDailyBread at 7 am (sign up here) or may be watched here (link to come).
Download your Worship Bulletin here (to come).

Kids! Join Amy, Katie, and Amber for a Liturgy for Maundy Thursday Children’s Service at 5 pm on Facebook Live. Bring a candle, bread, juice and water ready to be blessed.

The Washington National Cathedral will celebrate with a live webcast at 7 pm.

FRIDAY, APRil 10

Good Friday

On this day the full weight of Jesus’ crucifixion is laid bare for the church as scripture details Jesus’ final moments. This is a day marked by silence, grief, and solemnity, with no clear resolution to the possibility of the death of the disciples’ hope in Jesus. St. Columba's will observe Good Friday by offering a prerecorded service of scripture, prayer, and reflection along with "St. John’s Passion" sung in four parts by members of the St. Columba’s Singers.
St. Columba's Good Friday Service is sent to you via #ColumbaDailyBread at 7 am (sign up here) or may be watched here (link to come).
Download your Worship Bulletin here (to come).

Kids! Join members of YAC (St. Columba’s Youth Group) for a Children’s Stations of the Cross narrated video. Find it on Columba.org or YouTube.

St. Columba's Stations of the Cross, 12-3 pm
Walk and pray with us on Facebook Live during the time Jesus hung upon the cross. We will explore the work of acclaimed local artist, Margaret Adams Parker, as we slowly walk. St. Columba’s tower bells will ring at the conclusion of this service to mark the passing of our Savior.

Washington National Cathedral, 12 noon
Watch the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday service via live webcast.

Good Friday Offering

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites you to make a Good Friday Offering to express support for the ministries of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, who continue to offer pastoral care, education and health care in that region.

Make Your GOOD FRIDAY Offering Here

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday continues the unresolved tension in Christ’s death and yet-to-come resurrection. A powerful moment to sit still and allow the emptiness of the day prayerful consideration. St. Columba's will offer a simple, sparse prerecorded service hosted by our seminarians at their Virginia Theological Seminary chapel.
St. Columba's Holy Saturday Service is sent to you via #ColumbaDailyBread at 7 am (sign up here) or may be watched here (link to come).
Download your Worship Bulletin here (to come).


SUNDAY, APRIL 12

Easter Sunday

Resurrection Sunday: the church’s great celebration as we proclaim the season of Easter, the season of Jesus’ resurrection and triumph over death.

Sunrise Service

Our celebration begins with a Sunrise Service with the Rev. Ledlie Laughlin at 6:30 am on Facebook Live.

Bible, Coffee & Conversation

9:15 am Discuss the scripture readings for the week and reflect on their meaning for our faith journeys and St. C's mission in the community with David Griswold. In the interest of keeping the discussion groups small, Joshua Daniel will lead a second session at the same time. Contact either David or Joshua to join their sessions.

Prayers, Bible Story & Song

9:30 am Join Amy Molina-Moore on Facebook Live for “Prayers, Bible Story and Song for young families” a la our Great Hall style service.
Contact: Amy Molina-Moore

Sunday School for Children and Youth 

10:15 am Join Miss Katie via Zoom video conferencing for a Sunday School lesson for kids ages 3 to 5th grade. Contact Katie McGervey for call-in instructions.

St. Columba's Sunday Worship

11 am Scripture, prayers, music and homily by the Rev. Ledlie Laughlin, experience Sunday worship in your home. Join Ledlie, David, Joshua and friends as St. Columba's takes its Sunday worship online. Find us on Facebook Live, Columba.org or YouTube. The service will be made available on Columba.org or YouTube starting at 8 am, so you can listen to it at your leisure. It is offered in prerecorded Facebook Live stream format at 11 am with interaction by clergy and comment opportunities. Take advantage of the chance to comment and share with us and each other; we want to hear from you!
Download your Worship Bulletin here (to come).

Make Your Offering Here