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Holy Week & Easter

Palm Sunday – Sunday March 25
Join the ‘hosannas’ as our children’s choirs, FP Midsingers, Te Deum, Plymouth
Choir, and Plymouth Brass lead our Palm Procession at both the 9:00 and 10:30am services. All weekly worship services will be held as usual on Palm Sunday weekend. (Childcare and FP Kids offered.)
Holy Wednesday – March 28, 6:15pm
Hear a Lenten message, sing with the worship band, and receive communion – all in 30 minutes. Invite the holy into the middle of your week.  (Children welcome.)

Pre-Worship Talk “Holy Week” Led by Dr. Jim Keck
March 28, 5:50-6:15pm, in Calvert Parlor
First Plymouth “goes ancient” during Holy Week and rehearses liturgies from the earliest centuries of the faith. Dr. Jim Keck will explore the spiritual depth of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter morning. Our theme for Lent this year is Compassion, and these ancient liturgies seem designed to increase our compassion. Come ponder the role worship plays in developing our virtues.

Maundy Thursday – March 29, 7:00 pm
Gather around the communion table to remember Jesus’ Last Supper as we celebrate
God’s steadfast love in the story of Christ’s passion. (Childcare provided.)
Good Friday– Pietà by John Muehleisen
March 30, 7:00pm
John Muehleisen’s poignant Pietà tenders us to the compassion that flows from the sorrow and pain of mothers who lose their sons-- including the death of Mary’s son, Jesus; the loss of a World War I soldier; and our losses today.  Anton Armstrong, conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, leads the Plymouth Choir and Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir in singing to the heart of healing and forgiveness in this weary world. (Childcare provided.)

Pietà: A Conversation with Composer John Muehleisen
Two Opportunities:
Wednesday, March 28, 6:45-7:30pm, Mayflower Hall
Good Friday, March 30, 6:15-6:40pm, Chapel

Nationally renowned composer John Muehleisen will share the inspiration behind his poignant Pietà composition that will be performed at our Good Friday worship service. 
The Great Vigil of Easter – Saturday, March 31, 5:30pm
The Great Vigil of Easter leads us from the darkness of death to the light of the empty tomb. This dramatic service celebrates the sacraments and restores the joy of our faith.  (Children welcome; no child care)

Easter Sunday April 1

7:00 am Sunrise Service
Worship at sunrise, and be among the first to experience the beauty and joy of Easter as dawn breaks. (Children welcome; no child care) 
7:00 am Sunrise Service @ First-Plymouth East
Join us on the playground at FP East (Kloefkorn Elementary, 6601 Glass Ridge Dr.) to celebrate Christ’s resurrection with a brief, meaningful worship for all ages. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts served. (Children welcome; no child care) 
8:00 am, 9:30 am, & 11:00 am
Beginning with a solemn procession, the promise of the Easter story is shared in a hope-filled scripture and an inspiring sermon, accompanied by the holy strains of the Plymouth Choir and orchestra. (Childcare provided.)  Helpful tip – the 8:00am has ample seating!
9:30 am & 11:00 am Services
Experience the joy of Easter in an interactive, multimedia worship experience in Mayflower Hall, especially designed for children and families. 
Community egg hunt at Noon in the Courtyard.
12:29 pm Contemporary Worship
Celebrate the promise of the Easter message without the crowds and formalities of the morning’s services. (Children welcome; no child care)