Holy Week is a series of services and events used for the purpose of remembering the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. It begins with a Palm Sunday Service at 10:30am on April 2nd and continues with Maundy Thursday Service at 6:30pm, a Good Friday Walk-Through from 6:30-7:30pm and an Easter Sunday Egg Hunt and Service at 9:45am and 10:30am respectively. Find more information regarding each of these events below and we hope you will join us for any or all of the worship opportunities!
The Bowl (Grassy Area Behind the Sanctuary)
Our worship service will be in the bowl on April 2nd as we commemorate Palm Sunday. This is the event where Jesus reenters Jerusalem for the final time and is worshiped by the crowd shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!". Join us as we prepare our hearts for the events to follow in Holy Week including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Following the service we will have a church potluck along with some activities including a Palm Sunday craft, and soccer. This is a time for us to worship together as Christ-followers and continue our worship as we build relationships with others and encourage one another.
Sign-ups for the potluck portion will be in the foyer of the sanctuary two weeks leading into Palm Sunday!
In the Sanctuary
This service commemorates the Last Supper that Jesus shared with His disciples. As Jesus shared this last supper with them He knew that His time to return to the Father was close. During the last supper, Jesus humbled himself before God and man and washed the disciples feet. During this Maundy Thursday Service, in addition to prayer, music, and communion elements, you will also have the opportunity to take part in foot washing.
The purpose of this is to help us to understand what it is to humble ourselves before Christ who can wash us white as snow and then, in turn, humble ourselves before men and wash another's feet. Christ lived as the perfect representation of God in the form of man that we may have the humility and courage to follow in his footsteps.
May God work in our hearts and minds this Easter season as we seek to follow Jesus even when it requires parts of our hearts and egos to die. The more we die to ourselves, the more Christ's life can inject purpose and true life into us.
GOOD FRIDAY: JOURNEY TO THE CROSS
In the Sanctuary
Throughout Jesus' life He remained focused on following the Father's will for Him. Jesus knew that God's purpose for sending Jesus was to redeem humanity through conquering death. As Jesus' final hours drew near, He prayed to the Father, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." This is the greatest act of trust and selfless love in history. Christ loved you so much that he was mocked, tortured, flogged, and crucified so that you and I would have the opportunity to know God and pursue a relationship with Him in spite of our sin. "God made [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." - 2 Corinthians 5:21.
This Good Friday walk-through experience is an opportunity for you to reflect on the selfless and unconditional love Christ displayed for you the night of his crucifixion. This is an open-house style walk-through so come between 6:30 and 7:30pm to reflect on and pray through this humbling, yet faith-inspiring experience. We will provide a guided reading and prayer for each station, but we encourage you to share your heart with God throughout the experience. Allow His unconditional love for you to awaken your heart to live for him. "We love because He first loved us." - 1 John 4:19
Children's Ministry Easter Egg Hunt
In the Children's Ministry Playground
Come join us for an Easter Egg Extravaganza! With hundreds of eggs hidden both inside and outside over two different playgrounds, there's fun for children of all ages! We'd love for you to join us Easter morning for this fun filled activity with our family Easter Service following afterwards.
We will start promptly at 9:45 am, and we encourage you to arrive a few minutes early to ensure that you have enough time to register and get ready for the hunt. Please bring a basket or bag for your child to collect their eggs.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Darla Holmes at DHolmes@FBCScottsdale.org
Easter Sunday Worship Service
In the Sanctuary
My Redeemer Lives! Come celebrate what Easter means for humanity! Christ, who selflessly and lovingly died so that we may have life is ALIVE! Christ conquered death so that we may have life and life to the fullness in Him!
Come worship our risen and reigning Redeemer, Savior, and Friend with us! The FBC Choir will be joining as we join together to sing our praises to God and respond to the opportunity to have not only eternal life in Heaven with God, but a life that is purpose-driven and fulfilling here on earth! Come see and experience the perfect love that Christ offers you! Come taste and see that the Lord is good!