, Newburyport, MA

April 5, 2014

Holy Week services at area churches

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Annual Palm Sunday Procession in Amesbury

Amesbury Council of Churches will once again sponsor the Annual Palm Sunday Procession to celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The ecumenical service, hosted by St. James Episcopal Church, begins at the Amesbury Millyard Amphitheater at 9 a.m. The celebration will include the Blessing of the Palms, prayers, songs and shouts of “Hosanna” as the procession of people and palms follows a youth riding on a donkey through the town. The procession will stop at each church along the way for prayers and blessings for the ministries of Holy Week leading up to Easter. All are welcome.

Passover Seder at Market Street Baptist

Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, will host a Passover Encounter Seder Supper on Wednesday, April 16, from 6-8 p.m.

Nathan Joiner, assistant to the rabbi at Ruach Israel, Needham, will lead the group step by step throught the meal. This is an opportunity to experience the supper that Jesus and His disciples would have enjoyed together and to see how Christ is the Passover Lamb. This event is open to the public. Reservations are required. Call the church at 978-388-0930 or email:

Episcopal churches celebrate Easter Vigil

On Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m., seven Episcopal churches from seven communities will come together to celebrate Easter Vigil at Trinity Church, Haverhill, 26 White St., Haverhill. The parishes are part of the Lower Merrimack Valley Collaborative and include St. Andrew’s Methuen, St. Paul’s North Andover, St. James Groveland, Trinity Haverhill, St. James Amesbury, All Saints West Newbury and St. Paul’s Newburyport. Together, they will share a dramatic presentation of the story of God’s people in relationship with God and one another followed by the first Eucharist of Easter. Prior to the worship, there will be an egg hunt and light refreshments for children starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport

Palm Sunday: 10:30 a.m., children are welcome to participate in the procession of palms. The service will include fair trade palms.

Maundy Thursday: 6 p.m., a simple bread and soup supper, followed by a Tenebrae service and communion at 7 p.m. The Tenebrae service recalls the meal Jesus shared with his followers before his arrest and betrayal.

Good Friday: Noon, prayer service to remember Jesus’ passion.

Easter Sunday: two worship services at 9 and 11 a.m. A quartet of professional brass players will help proclaim the joy of Easter. During the services there will be music for choir, organ and brass. A flowering of the cross will take place at the 9 a.m. service and the Youth Choir will sing at the 11 a.m. service.

First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road (Route 1A)

Palm Sunday: 9:30 a.m., gather on the Newbury Green for Palm Sunday procession to the church building. Followed by session two of “All Around Easter” for children from 9:45 to 11. Worship begins at 10.

Maundy Thursday: 6 p.m., potluck dinner, followed by Tenebrae service with Communion. Tenebrae service begins at 7.

Easter: 10 a.m., Easter worship for all ages at 10 am.

Hope Community Church, 111 Hale St., Newburyport

Palm Sunday: Two identical worship services at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Good Friday: Service at 7 p.m. to reflect on the “Seven Last Words of Christ.”

Easter Sunday: Worship at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

Immaculate Conception Parish, 42 Green St., Newburyport

Palm Sunday weekend: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m. (procession with palms from the school gymnasium), 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Confession, 6:30-8 p.m.

Holy Thursday: 7:30 p.m., Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday: 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross; 7:30 p.m., Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion. No Eucharistic Adoration on Good Friday.

Holy Saturday: 7:30 p.m., gather for Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday: 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. There is no 5:30 p.m. Liturgy on Easter Sunday.

Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury

Palm Sunday: Worship at 10 a.m.

Wednesday: Passover Encounter at 6 p.m. Nathan Joiner, assistant to the rabbi at Ruach Israel, Needham, will lead through a Seder Supper. Make reservations by calling the church at 978-388-0930.

Maundy Thursday: Communion Service, 7-8 p.m. in the chapel on first floor for a service of worship and communion to commemorate the Last Supper.

Good Friday: Prayer & Meditation, noon-3 p.m. The sanctuary will be open for those who wish to pray and meditate on the Passion of Christ. Scriptures will be read every half-hour.

Easter Sunday: Worship at 10 a.m. to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the ordinance of Baptism.

Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 4 Green St., Merrimac

Saturday, April 12: Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. Kids will hunt for candy and other goodies, and there will be Easter crafts as well. All children through grade 5 are welcome to attend.

Palm Sunday: Worship service, 10 a.m., with palm branches to wave and sacred dance performing.

Maundy Thursday: Tenebrae Service, 7 p.m. A service of readings and extinguishing candles while the sanctuary is stripped of its symbols and linens.

Good Friday: Methodist service at 7 p.m. co-hosted by the Merrimacport and Good Shepherd United Methodist churches, held at Good Shepherd, 471 Main St., Haverhill.

Holy Saturday: Prayer vigil, open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for all to come in for quiet reflection and prayer.

Easter: Morning worship, 10 a.m.

Old South Church, Federal and School streets, Newburyport

Maundy Thursday: Seder Supper at 6 p.m.

Good Friday: Service at 7 p.m.

Saturday: Prayer Vigil from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. at the Harbormaster’s Shack, with Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. back at Old South; Easter Service at 10:30 a.m.

St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury

Palm Sunday: 10 a.m., Holy Eucharist with the dramatic reading of the Passion Narrative.

Monday: 5 p.m. in the Chancel, the Stations of the Cross will be read.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. in the Chancel, the Stations of the Cross will be read.

Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m., Holy Eucharist with the Foot Washing Ceremony.

Good Friday: Sanctuary will be open from noon to 3 p.m. with reflections and readings offered on the half-hour from noon until 2:30 p.m. The Way of the Cross will be prayed at 2:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Prayer Book Liturgy for Good Friday will be read.

Easter Sunday: Festival Eucharist at 10 a.m.

St. Paul’s Church, 66 High St., Newburyport

Palm Sunday: 8 and 10:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist; 9:45 a.m., Blessing of the Palms for Children.

Maundy Thursday: 6:30 p.m., Simple Soup and Bread Supper (Parish Hall); 7:30 p.m.,Holy Eucharist with foot washing followed by night watch.

Good Friday: 9 a.m., Holy Eucharist; 7:30 p.m., Good Friday service

Easter Eve: 7 p.m., Easter Vigil in LMV Collaborative, host, Trinity Church, Haverhill, 26 White St., Haverhill.