Holy Week at St. Andrew’s

Worship and other presentations are offered at standrewkc.org/live-worship, on Facebook, and on YouTube unless otherwise noted.

Special Worship

Palm Sunday
March 28 at 8 and 10:15 a.m. (with dramatic presentation of “In His Steps” at 10:15)

We’ll remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem leading not to worldly kingship but to the glory of the cross. In the church, you’ll see palms and palm crosses to be blessed on a table decorated with a cross and flowing red fabric. In your sacred space, you might place a candle and a cross on some red fabric, and you might cut a small branch from a tree in your yard to set in honor before Jesus. You might also include some token of royal status – perhaps something gold or an image of a crown.

Maundy Thursday Worship and All-Night Watch
April 1 at 8 p.m. and through the night, livestreamed from the chapel

We’ll remember the two iconic moments from Jesus’ last gathering with his friends – washing their feet in humble service and promising to be with them always in the bread and wine, his own Body and Blood. As worship ends, the focus will shift to the all-night watch with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. You can take part in the watch virtually; we’ll livestream the Altar of Repose in our chapel through the night. New this year, we’ll also provide an all-night watch in the Mary Shelden Garden on the church’s west side beginning at 9 p.m., with a security guard present through the night; you’re welcome to come and watch with Jesus in person (no sign-up necessary).

Good Friday Stations of the Cross
April 2 at 1 p.m.

We’ll offer Stations of the Cross at 1 p.m. as part of our 8-1-8 Prayers.

Good Friday Solemn Liturgy
April 2 at 8 p.m.

In the church, you’ll see the stark wooden cross adorned with the crown of thorns. In your sacred space, you might place a cross on a black cloth or with black draping. You could surround it with bare sticks or thorns, or perhaps three large nails.

Holy Saturday Prayers
April 3 at 8 a.m.

Our 8-1-8 Prayers at 8 a.m. will be the brief liturgy for Holy Saturday – a spare service of readings and prayers reflecting on the time creation spent in silence while Jesus lay in the tomb. Your sacred space might retain the elements from the night before, with the cross still dominating the scene; or you might strip everything away, with only a black cloth and an extinguished candle marking the emptiness.

Great Vigil of Easter, Holy Saturday
April 3 at 8 p.m.

We’ll offer a shortened version of the Easter Vigil, including baptizing a new member of the household of God as we remember our participation with Jesus in the journey from death to new life. Usually, the Vigil would include the first celebration of Easter Eucharist, but we’ll hold off on that this year so we can all enjoy Eucharist together, in person and online, on Easter morning.

Easter Sunday Festival Worship
April 4 at 8, 10, and 11:30 a.m.

Finally, our Holy Week pilgrimage comes to its glorious exclamation point on Easter morning, April 4. In the church, you’ll see lilies and other spring flowers adorning the font, the paschal candle, and the altar. In your sacred space, you might place your new candle and a cross on the finest white linen you own, with flowers from your yard adorning the scene and reflecting the transformed reality of resurrection: An instrument of death becomes our way of eternal life.

Reservation is required for in-person attendance. Reserve your spot by contacting Mary Sanders at mary@standrewkc.org or 816-523-1602.

Worship and other presentations are offered at standrewkc.org/live-worship, on Facebook, and on YouTube unless otherwise noted.