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Experience the Drama of Jesus’ Last Week

People tend to jump from Palm Sunday hosannas to Easter morning alleluias without ever experiencing Jesus’ last week with his friends and detractors. However, that week exemplifies God’s solidarity with the scope of our life experience through the human life of Jesus. 

Jesus’ last meal on Maundy Thursday focuses on Jesus’ observance of the Passover freedom festival with his friends. In this context, Jesus interprets his purpose. Participants will eat a first century inspired Passover meal and tell stories of release from slavery, both ancient and contemporary, then share Jesus’ new freedom meal.

Good Friday focuses on Jesus’ example as his life falls apart and look death in the face to contemplate what darkness can teach a person. Jesus’ suffering shows how God empathizes with us in our darkest times. 

Easter Sunday begins outside Jesus’ tomb. But fragrant offerings to the fallen hero are surprisingly transformed. The tomb bursts into a colorful celebration of spring hope featuring flowers, singing and joyful acclamation of the promise of life in spite of death.

Please RSVP for the Last Supper Seder by April 8 at A donation of $8 for the meal will be gratefully accepted. Easter week services schedule is 10 a.m., on Passion Sunday, April 5; 7 p.m., on Maundy Thursday, April 9; 7 p.m., on Good Friday, April 10; and 10 a.m., on Easter Sunday, April 12.

Location: Christ Church, 1600 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. For more information, call 908-722-2080, email [email protected] or visit

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