Holy Week and Easter 2023

Worship and Events in Late Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

In Northern Michigan, we experience the resurrection of Easter in a very special way, transitioning from the gray tomb of late winter into a vibrant springtime in one of the most beautiful places in God’s creation. We believe our worship and discipleship during this holy time reflects the awe and gratitude with which we respond to these seasonal rhythms. Please join us for Holy Week and Easter!


EventDay Date Time Description
Lenten Healing ServiceSaturday|March 18at5:00 PM A time of worship to acknowledge and confront the pains we all carry
Palm SundaySaturday|April 1at5:00 PM We witness the turn from a triumphant arrival into the holy city, to the passion and cross
Palm SundaySunday|April 2at10:00 AM 

Tenebrae at 

St. Paul’s 

Elk Rapids

Wednesday|April 5at5:00 PM We will join the congregation at St. Paul’s, Elk Rapids, for a profound service of songs and psalms in twilight and shadow taken from monastic tradition
Maundy ThursdayThursday|April 6at6:30 PM Foot washing, communion, and stripping the altar, mark this dramatic and poignant service
Gethsemane VigilThursday|April 6at7:30 PM – 6:30 AM We reflect on our brokenness and belovedness, taking turns keeping prayerful watch and waiting with Christ in our sanctuary – SIGN UP
Good Friday noon serviceFriday|April 7at12:00 PM A brief, solemn, spoken service for Good Friday over the lunch hour

Good Friday Community Service at 

Central UMC

Friday|April 7at12:15 PM Central United Methodist hosts a community Good Friday service in which clergy from a variety of traditions preach on “The Seven Last Words” of Christ
Stations of the CrossFriday|April 7at9 AM to 6:30 PM We will make the sanctuary available with materials for self-guided stations of the cross throughout the day
Good Friday evening serviceFriday|April 7at6:30 PM We read John’s account of the Passion gospel, and recite the solemn collects (dating from ancient Rome) with beautiful choral music and chant
Holy SaturdaySaturday|April 8at10:00 AM A gathering of prayer and fellowship as we prepare our sanctuary for Easter celebrations
Great Vigil of EasterSaturday|April 8at8:00 PM Members of St. Paul’s, Elk Rapids, will join us at Grace as we reignite the holy fire and recount God’s saving love in this moving and ancient service that engages all the senses with candles, bells, and amazing music
Easter SundaySunday|April 9at10:00 AM Celebrate Christ’s resurrection and the promise of new life and renewal for all of creation with experiences to delight all ages
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