Please join us for one of our many services offered during Holy Week.
We would love to celebrate with you this Easter season as we celebrate
Holy Week helps us experience Easter!
It’s commonly said: “It’s not about the destination, but about the journey.” While this can’t quite be said about Easter—the day we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ—the significance of Christ’s journey to the cross shouldn’t be overlooked. Christians around the world gather on Easter to celebrate the Resurrection, but many churches also offer services during the week leading up to Easter Sunday (called Holy Week). Each of these services offers a unique reflection on Jesus’ journey to the cross and empowers us to understand His amazing sacrifice and the power of the Resurrection.
Sunday, April 14 - 8:30am (Sanctuary), 9:30am (Gym) & 11:00am (Sanctuary) all services here at GMV
We celebrate the fulfillment of prophecy as Jesus arrives in Jerusalem and begins His journey to the cross. During our 9:30am & 11:00am services , we commemorate Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem with a children's Palm Parade during the services.
“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” – Matthew 21:9
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey and was praised with Hosannas. Jesus wasn’t the kind of Messiah that the Jews had in mind: they expected a revolutionary who would overthrow Roman rule. While Jesus might not have been the Messiah they were wanting, He is the Messiah that we need. And in celebrating Palm Sunday, we celebrate the fulfillment of prophecy as He arrives in Jerusalem and begins His journey to the cross.
Wednesday, April 17 - 6:30-7:30pm in the GMV Gym
Join us for our Family Experience as we experience Easter with fun, skits, games & worship!
Thursday, April 18 - 6:30pm GRACEPOINT SANCTUARY (our partner church)
This service marks the Last Supper and Crucifixion. Holy Communion will be served.
Childcare will be available at Gracepoint for preschool and under. Contact Beverly Hoff for any childcare questions.
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“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you.” – John 13:34
On Maundy Thursday, we remember the night on which Jesus was betrayed. “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word “mandatum,” which means commandment. Maundy Thursday services give us the opportunity to remember the entirety of Jesus’ Last Supper. We remember the words of institution: this is my body and blood, given for you for the redemption of sins. We recall Jesus washing His disciples’ feet, predicting His betrayal, and giving us the commandment to love as He does—a love that was demonstrated with His willing death on the cross. Because Jesus and His disciples were partaking in the Jewish Passover Seder, many churches celebrate this day with Communion
Friday, April 19 - 6:30pm in the GMV Sanctuary
A Tenebrae service that journeys through the emotions Jesus' followers felt at the time of His death. Includes scripture reading Scripture readings and candlelight.
Childcare will be available at GMV for preschool and under. Contact Beverly Hoff for any childcare questions.
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” – Luke 23:34
Good Friday reflects on Jesus’ dramatic path toward His crucifixion. The Good Friday service asks us to imagine what it would have been like to be one of Jesus’ disciples or one of his accusers on the day of His death. It gives us an opportunity to feel the weight of Jesus’ suffering and bear the burden of the cross. It prompts us to recall when we, like Peter, have denied our Lord. It gives us space to mourn the death of our Savior.
THERE ARE NO HOLY SATURDAY SERVICES
Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience.” – Luke 23:56
Holy Saturday often gets skipped over. We get caught up preparing for our Easter celebrations the next day and forget that Saturday is a significant part of the story too. Holy Saturday is the long, painful day when Jesus lay dead in a grave. We sometimes think of it as the day of waiting, but for His disciples, it was a time of mourning, confusion, and loss. They didn’t know He would rise from the dead. No, they carried His heavy body to a tomb and sealed it. While we know the end of the story, feeling the weight of Jesus’ death before we celebrate His Resurrection is valuable for understanding the depth of what Christ did for us two thousand years ago. That weight is what Holy Saturday is all about.
Sunday, April 21 at 8:30am (Sanctuary), 9:30am (Gym) & 11:00am (Sanctuary)
Please join us for one of our 3 Easter services to celebrate HIS Resurrection.
There is good news: this story did not end with death. The stone was rolled away and the grave was found empty.
Hallelujah! He is Risen!
It is cause for jubilant celebration, and we invite you to join in. We also invite you to participate in one or more Holy Week services to better engage with God’s story of love, sacrifice, power, and victory. Participate in the retelling of the final moments of Jesus’ life, death, and Resurrection. Relive the world-changing moments in history and be transformed as a follower of Christ today. We believe that in experiencing the whole Passion of Christ through Holy Week services, your appreciation for Easter and the gift of salvation that God gives to us will grow