It WAS a Wonderful Week at St. Francis

We held six services during Holy Week, commemorating Jesus’ finals days before his death, and resurrection.


Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m.

Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m

Palm Sunday 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward

The traditional Liturgy of the Palms service began with everyone picking up a fresh palm leaf to wave during the processional and includes The Passion Gospel from the book of Luke.

The Full Palm Sunday Service
including the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

by itself: The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
Narrator: Maurine Tobin Jesus: Bob Publicover
joined by members of the Congregation.

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.

The Maundy Thursday Service is held to commemorate Jesus’ last supper with his friends and his commandment, “As I have loved you, you should also love one another.” (John 13:34)

7pm Maundy Thursday Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayar
7pm Maunday Thursday full Service

Following the ancient tradition, based on Jesus’ washing of the disciples feet, the congregation is offered the option of having their feet washed by The Rev. Steve Hayward or by someone else of their choice as well.

The service ends on a poignant note as the altar and all decorative furnishings are removed and the lights dimmed; communicants leave in silence.

Good Friday

Friday, April 19, noon. The Good Friday Ecumenical Service is to commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion.

Clergy and members of the congregations of the First Baptist and First Congregational churches in Blue Hill joined those from St. Francis in a deeply meaningful service of The Stations of the Cross.

Good Friday Noon Stations of the Cross

At 5:00 p.m. we had an Episcopal Liturgy Service. The Passion Gospel was read, followed by the solemn Collects which date back to the 3rd and 4th Centuries. The service concluded with brief devotions and a final prayer.

The 5 pm Good Friday Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward
The full Good Friday 5 pm Service which includes The Passion narrated by the Rev. Dr. Carlton Russell.

Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. Easter Vigil

The service began in darkness as the new light of Christ’s radiance was ignited marking Jesus’ passing over from death to life.

It is by this light that the sacred story of God’s saving acts is told, prayer and praise are offered, and we celebrate the Easter sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. Drawing on this ancient tradition, therefore, this service becomes the first celebration of Jesus’s resurrection at Easter.

The Full Service including the lighting of the fire and PaschalCandle celebrated by the Rev Steve Hayward. The Cantor is the Rev. Dr. Carlton Russell.
The Easter Vigil Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward.

Easter Morning Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m

A Festival Eucharist will be held as the high point of the week. Jesus’ resurrection is celebrated with word, special music, and flowers symbolizing Christ’s new life among us.

After the service, at Coffee Hour, the Joy of Easter is celebrated with great food and fellowship.

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