Prepare during Advent, celebrate at Christmas, reflect during Lent, rejoice at Easter… Throughout the liturgical year, we find engaging and evocative ways to worship God.
Christmas and Advent
The month of December is a busy time at Village Church. As we usher in the season of Advent we celebrate the beginning of the church year. Each Sunday in Advent, families from the congregation light a new candle on the Advent wreath as we prepare for Christmas and the birth of Christ. We also offer a healing service each December for those who may be struggling with loss, grief, depression, or other challenges that feel sharper during the holiday season.
On the Sunday before Christmas, we celebrate Christ’s birth with two Christmas Sunday services in the Sanctuary at 9:00 and 11:00. On Christmas Eve, we have something for everyone: a participatory pageant for little ones and families at 4:00, a traditional pageant for older children and youth at 7:00, a quiet communion service at 8:30, and a candlelight Lessons and Carols service at 10:00.
Lent and Easter
Lent is traditionally observed as the 40-day period (not counting Sundays) that leads up to Easter. During the Lenten season, we take time for self-examination, asking God to help us reflect on our lives and make the changes we need to make.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. We gather for worship that reminds us of God’s love for us and of our need for God’s grace in our lives. We gather around the table to share communion, receive an anointing with oil and ashes, and sing hymns.
On Palm Sunday, we process through the church waving palms to remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. With Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, the time in which we commemorate the last days, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus.
On Maundy Thursday, we gather for a Tenebrae service (Latin for “shadows”). We hear again the story of Jesus’ last supper, betrayal, and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. With communion and scripture readings, we move from dim light into darkness as we experience the solemnity and power of that night.
On Good Friday, we remember the final day of Jesus’ life, culminating with his crucifixion. We sing songs of lament and enter into the story of those last, tortured hours. The Sanctuary remains open for prayer all day.
Easter Sunday, the highest holy day of the Christian calendar, begins at 5:00 am with Awaiting the Dawn,an informal gathering around the fire, followed at 6:30 am with a Sunrise Worship in the Churhyard. Later that day, we hold two identical services at 9:00 and 11:00 am, in which we celebrate the victory of love over hate, of joy over sorrow, of life over death.