What is Holy Week?

What is Holy Week?

What is Holy Week?

“Holy Week” in the Christian Church is traditionally recognized as the week leading up to Easter morning. During this week, we remember the events of the last week of Jesus’ life. Many worship services and traditions have been created to do so.

What is Palm Sunday?

On the Sunday before Easter, we remember Jesus’ triumphant march into Jerusalem (as told in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, and John 12:12-19). The disciples and crowds cut branches from the trees and threw their cloaks and coats onto the road, to show they believed Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise to restore a Jewish king to the throne. Many churches today start their Palm Sunday worship by marching with palms.

Our Palm Sunday service is Sunday April 14 at 10am.

What is Maundy Thursday?

On the Thursday before Easter, we remember Jesus’ last supper with the disciples (as told in Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-16, and Luke 22:7-14) and his washing of their feet (John 13:1-20). The word “maundy” likely comes from the Latin “mandatum,” meaning “commandment,” from John 13:34: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” Many churches today celebrate Maundy Thursday with a meal and with foot- or hand-washing.

Our Maundy Thursday service is Thursday April 18 at 6:30pm.

What is Good Friday?

On the Friday before Easter Sunday, we remember Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death. This is usually the most solemn service of the Christian year, with low light and mournful music. This worship service usually focuses heavily on Scripture readings and songs, and does not usually include communion.

Our Good Friday service is Friday April 19 at 6:30pm.

What is a Passion Walk?

The Saturday before Easter has always been an odd celebration in the Christian calendar. Some churches observe a Holy Saturday service, which is a smaller version of the Good Friday service and ends in mournful waiting for Sunday to come. At Grace Lutheran, we offer a Passion Walk, which is a retelling of Jesus’ last hours by walking through our Northeast neighborhood and reading Scripture at certain places along the way. The walk usually takes about an hour and covers a little over two miles.

Our Passion Walk takes place on Saturday April 20 at 4pm.

What is the Easter Vigil?

On the Saturday before Easter, some churches celebrate an Easter Vigil. Often starting close to or after sunset, this worship service tells the stories of salvation throughout Scripture and ends with the joyous proclamation of Jesus’ resurrection. Easter Vigils can be ornate and go on for several hours (with champagne at the end!), or they can be more simple but celebratory. The Queer Grace Community is organizing a Vigil this year, focusing on stories of dark days, expectant hope, death to life, and abundant love to come – both in our own lives and in the Bible. All those who affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans Christians are welcome to join us.

Our QGC Easter Vigil takes place on Saturday April 20 at 6pm.

What is Easter Sunday?

Easter Sunday is the culmination of the season of Lent and the joyous proclamation of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Easter services are bouyant and celebratory.

Our Easter Sunday service takes place Sunday April 21st at 10am.

Why does Easter move around so much in the calendar?

Christians take the date of Easter based on Jewish calculations for Passover (since the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples was on Passover). The Western and Eastern churches use different calculations, which is why our Orthodox friends often celebrate a week or two after us. In the Western church, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, so Easter can fall anywhere from March 22nd to April 25.

No Worship on Sunday, March 10

With the serious winter storm predicted for Saturday into Sunday morning,  we are going to err on the side of safety and not have worship this Sunday at 10am.
We will have a brief at home devotion video posted on our Facebook page on Saturday evening. Check gracenempls.org/live to follow along at home wherever time permits.
Stay home and stay safe! Please keep all MnDOT workers in your prayers as they work to dig us out.
– Pastor Emmy

Lasagna Dinner RESCHEDULED


Grace Lutheran Church of Northeast Minneapolis presents an Italian Lasagna Dinner!
Saturday, March 16, 2019
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Adults $15
Kids ages 5-12 $5
4 & under are free!
Family ticket $40 (2 adults max)

Vegetarian lasagna will be available.

We are located in Grace Center for Community Life, 1500 6th St NE on the 5th street side at door #3 (purple awning).

Please call 612-788-2444 to make reservations or go to gracenempls.org/lasagna to order or purchase tickets online.

Tell your friends! Bring your sweetheart!

Hang on… what’s Lent?

Lent begins 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, and it is set aside as a time of self-reflection, prayer, fasting, and charitable giving. In the time of the early Christian church, as adult converts were added, Lent was designated for preparation and teaching, with baptisms and first communions after sundown on Holy Saturday or at first light on Easter Sunday. The 40 days of Lent are for Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness.

Why purple?

Lent is the season leading up to Jesus’ death on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter morning. Before his crucifixion, Jesus was dressed in a purple robe by Pontius Pilate, mocking Christ’s claim to power. Purple reminds us of the upside-down reign of Jesus, the son of God who dies for us. Purple is also the color of  near-night and near-dawn, calling us to self-reflection and repentance.

What’s with the pancakes?

By the 15th century, Lent had been established as a time of solemnity and fasting. Christians were expected to get rid of all the luxurious foods in their house — specifically butter, eggs, and fat. Guess what you can make with those! Thus grew the tradition of Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday,” when Christians would eat and drink and do everything else they planned to not do for the next 40 days.

What’s this about fasting?

Fasting has long traditions in many world religions as a way to focus the mind and show one’s spiritual devotion and commitment. Temporary self-denial can invite us to compassion for those who are hungry not by choice, to a remembrance of the trials of Jesus, or to better appreciation of food when we do eat. A common practice today during Lent is to give up a particular kind of food or drink, like chocolate, candy, or alcohol (some even give up coffee!). But in a day and age when eating disorders are not uncommon, it’s important to remember that what we do during Lent is not for us, but for our relationship with God and compassion for our neighbor. A practice that puts us in physical danger is not the kind of fast God invites us to. That’s why we pray at the end of each Lenten service:

May we fast from worry and feast on trust.
May we fast from haste and feast on patience.
May we fast from judgment and feast on kindness.
May we fast from gossip and feast on service.
May we fast from resentment and feast on forgiveness.
May we fast from fear and feast on love,
finding our power for compassion in the life of Jesus our Lord.

Lent at Grace Lutheran

Lenten Worship at Grace Lutheran Church

Tuesday, March 5, 6:30pm — Fat Tuesday Celebration
Join us for “dinner for breakfast” with pancakes, sausages, and lots of fun and games.

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30pm — Ash Wednesday
We begin the season of Lent with a solemn service of self-reflection and preparation.

Sundays at 10am — Bluegrass Worship
March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7
Our worship setting is based on classic folk and bluegrass music, and our sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. Will the circle be unbroken? Come and see.

Wednesdays at 6pm — Soup Supper & Holden Evening Prayer
March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10
Soup supper at 6pm. Worship begins around 6:45. Join us for soup, for worship, or both!

Sunday, April 14, 10am Worship followed by Palm Sunday Brunch
We end our celebratory Palm Sunday worship with a youth-led brunch!

Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm — Maundy Thursday
We begin the Triduum (Three Days) by sharing a meal and remembering Jesus’ last supper.

Friday, April 19, 6:30pm — Good Friday
We continue the Triduum by remembering Jesus’ death on the cross.

Saturday, April 20, 4pm — Holy Saturday Passion Walk
We end the Triduum with a walk around our Northeast neighborhood, retracing the last hours of Jesus in distance and story. The walk will be about 2.5 miles and take roughly an hour.

Sunday, April 21, 10am — Easter Sunday Worship
Like the women at the tomb, we awaken to God’s incredible promise… death does not have the last word!  Jesus is risen!