We have many opportunities to give ourselves over to Holy Week at Westminster.
On Maundy Thursday, March 29, David Shinn preaches at the noon communion service in the Chapel. Beautiful music will accompany the Last Supper. In the evening you are invited to “Come to the Table,” a Mediterranean meal accompanied by Sephardic guitar beginning at 5:30 pm in Westminster Hall. Worship begins at 6:15 pm. Still seated at the round tables, the intimate service will include hand washing, the Eucharist, and several musical settings of the traditional Maundy Thursday text, Ubi caritas…Where charity and love are, there is God. The service will conclude with a choral embrace as the choir surrounds the room singing Durufle’s sublime chant setting.
Good Friday noon worship is offered in partnership with the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. This ecumenical service will center on the last words of Christ. Leaders from three separate Christian denominations will offer a reflection on one of the chosen words. We look forward to welcoming ELCA Bishop Ann Svennungsen. The Westminster Choir will sing, with baritone Erik Krogh offering Samuel Barber’s haunting solo The Crucifixion.
Holy Saturday worship opportunities bookend the day. At 9:00 am, Beth and Tim Hart-Andersen will lead a contemplative service of waiting. The Paschal candle is at the center of this morning service of joyful anticipation. At 8:00 pm, Meghan Gage-Finn and Tim Hart-Andersen will lead an Easter Vigil, the first celebration of the Resurrection.
Easter worship at 7 am, 9 am, and 11 am brings on the joy. The early morning service in jazz/gospel style ushers in the day. The baton passes to the brass, timpani, choir and organ at 9 and 11. Tim Hart-Andersen’s sermon “Eyes to See!” will no doubt lend a provocative look at the resurrection. The morning culminates with Handel’s Hallelujah and perhaps the recognition that it is God who, after all, sanctifies time and us.