Since Our Savior, along with all other congregations in Haddonfield and Lutheran churches in South Jersey, have agreed the likelihood of holding worship in our buildings for Holy Week and Easter is unlikely we will be providing the following Facebook Livestream worship for those services as well as offer suggestions for how you can experience them more fully at home.
Maundy Thursday, April 9 at Noon: This service has three foci and we encourage you to participate with the following suggestions.
Absolution by Laying on of Hands: At the time of absolution place your hands on the head of another in your home, or if you live alone place your own hands on your head, as Pastor Wayne proclaims the absolution in worship.
Foot Washing: We introduced this only recently and while you may not want to wash one another’s feet at home you might consider placing your feet in a basin of warm water during the foot washing portion of the service. Have a towel handy to dry off as well.
Holy Communion: As in our Sunday livestream worship we invite you to have some bread and wine/grape juice available to share and eat when Holy Communion is celebrated in worship so you might feel connected to the Lord’s Supper being shared by the body of Christ on this day.
Good Friday Tenebrae, April 10 at Noon: We will hold the service of shadows at noon on Good Friday that includes the reading of John’s Passion narrative as well as the Bidding Prayer and prayers centered on the seven last words of Christ on the cross. We invite you to create a way for you to kneel during the Bidding Prayer so you might experience the physical penitential aspect of this worship. You may also choose to light some candles in your home and darken the room where you are watching the livestream.
Resurrection of Our Lord, April 12 at 10:30AM: Worship will be at 10:30 on Easter Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. We will decorate the chancel as we always do for Easter so please utilize the Easter Lily order form enclosed in the newsletter in order to provide for the lilies. While there will be 10 or less people on screen leading worship we do encourage you to gather with your family to celebrate the most important event of our Christian faith.