Welcome to Holy Week at St. John in the Wilderness
Join us as we journey to Jerusalem this week to recall God's saving work in Jesus Christ.
“For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me.”
Join us for services in the church at 8:45 and 11:00am. On this day, we recall Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his Passion on the cross.
Gather outside the Carriage Entrance for the Liturgy of the Palms and then process inside the church for the Liturgy of the Word.
Join us for a Maundy Thursday service with foot washing and stripping of the altar in the church at 7:00pm. Part of the Triduum, or the three days before Easter, Maundy Thursday commemorates the institution of the eucharist by Jesus on the night he was betrayed.
Wear your sandals and share in the radical servant ministry of Jesus of Nazareth! This service ends in darkness, and we leave the church in complete silence as our vigil begins.
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.”
“My soul is deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.”
Three times Jesus prayed. Three times Jesus said to his disciples, "Stay awake with me." Three times he found them asleep. The Gethsemane Watch is a vigil during which we, as disciples of Jesus, step into the story of his final hours and do something that the Twelve could not do: we stay awake for one hour and we pray.
Beginning at the end of the Maundy Thursday service and running until the clergy gather for Morning Prayer at sunrise on Good Friday, you are invited to sign up for an hour of prayer in the church.
On Good Friday, we will commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus beginning at 11:00am with the Stations of the Cross.
Meet in the Parish Hall parking lot to take turns carrying the cross up to the church as we complete the Stations and then enter the church for our Good Friday liturgy at 12:00pm.
This journey will lead us to the church, where we will have Good Friday services at 12:00 and 5:30pm. Designated checks and loose offerings from our Good Friday services will be collected to send to our siblings in Christ in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
All are invited to participate in the Veneration of the Cross between 1:00 and 4:00pm in the Church.
Spend time in prayer before the Cross, this instrument of shameful death that is for us the means of life.
“Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
“Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
The story of Jesus did not end on the Cross, because the love of God cannot stay locked in a tomb. On Easter, we celebrate Jesus' conquering of death to bring new and abundant life to us all.
Join in the celebration at one of our Rite II Easter Eucharist services in the church at 8:45 and 11:00am.
Gather in the church and bring flowers to share in the flowering of the cross.
The celebration will move across the street for St. John's annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00am, hosted by the Young Family Ministry.
Bring your own basket and meet in the Rector's Garden.