As ever during these days of Covid, our planning gets squeezed close to the event; even now, these plans for Passiontide and Easter that I am happy to share with you could be tweaked by the weather at the last minute. But our Lord blessed us throughout Summer on the Green last year with fine weather, and we will trust him again for keeping and celebrating Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday outdoors on the Green at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. This will allow us the improved safety of being outdoors, and will also prevent the need to limit numbers, which I can’t imagine doing for these important days in the life of the church.
So here’s the plan:
PALM SUNDAY: on the Green at 10 a.m.
HOLY MONDAY & TUESDAY & SPY WEDNESDAY: Worship and Prayer online at 6pm nightly
MAUNDY THURSDAY: on the Green at 6 pm.
GOOD FRIDAY: on the Green at 6 pm.;
– Stations of the Cross (traditional) online Good Friday at noon –
– Stations of the Cross (abstract, with Bin Xia) Good Friday online at 1 p.m.
HOLY SATURDAY VIGIL: on the Green at 6 pm.
EASTER SUNDAY: on the Green at 10 a.m.
We expect the Holy Triduum services to last approximately 1.5 hrs. We are adapting them such that they will keep their distinctive liturgical aspects but will be shortened.
Children’s Chapel Catechesis for the kids will happen on both Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday in a way similar to last summer.
The normal protocols remain in place (the drill we all know too well by now): masks, check in, distancing. But I am happy to invite us all to sing along. I’d like to humbly ask that, tempting as it will be, we still not yet belt it out, but do sing along, gently, through your mask.
Though these services will be shortened and different from that to which we’ve become accustomed over the years, I am very much looking forward to this, and, as consistently throughout the challenges of these past months, remain amazed and grateful for the team of staff, worship leaders, children’s ministry leaders, and clergy with whom I serve, and who have pivoted and adapted creatively and with such good sangfroïd, yet again.
May Jesus Christ be praised,