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Holy Week 2021

Holy Week 2021

Service Schedule | Daily Scripture | Hope for New York | 90 for 9 | Morning Prayer

This year, we want to walk alongside Jesus through Holy Week which spans from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday! We hope you'll invite friends, neighbors and coworkers to join us (either in-person or virtually) for worship. Check out the worship service details and other Holy Week resources and updates below.


Service Schedule

Palm Sunday, March 28

In-person (limited capacity) and livestream, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Registration to attend at Ethical Culture will open at noon on Monday, March 22.

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, which is mentioned in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It is always the Sunday before Good Friday (the crucifixion of Jesus) and Easter (the resurrection of Jesus).

During service, we'll share about this year's Easter Sacrificial Offering (ESO) that will take place the following Sunday. ESO is an annual special offering to support the work of Hope for New York, our partner for mercy and justice outreach to the city. (See more below.)

Good Friday, April 2

No LSQ services

Since we aren't able to have a Good Friday service this year, see other service offerings here.

Easter Sunday, April 4

In-person (limited capacity) and livestream, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Registration to attend at Ethical Culture will open on Monday, March 29 at noon.

Easter is the church’s annual observance of the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion. While we don't know the exact date of the resurrection, the church celebrates it in the spring as a symbol of new life. During service, we'll share updates about 90 for 9, our 90-day prayer initiative to pray for our loved ones who don't yet know the hope found in Jesus. Also, as mentioned above, 100% of our offering will go to support the work of Hope for New York, our partner for mercy and justice outreach to the city.

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Daily Scripture Reflections

This year we want to walk alongside Jesus through Holy Week which spans from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Below is a day-by-day breakdown of what Scripture tells us happened on each day. Each of the gospels presents a glimpse of the story, but to get a fuller picture you really need to piece the gospels together. We encourage you to dedicate time each day to reading and meditating through them. Our hope is that your heart is filled with joy and that you discover something new as you reflect on the days leading up to Christ’s death and the celebration of his resurrection.

“There is more to be learned at the foot of the cross than anywhere else in the world.” — J.C.Ryle

Sunday, March 28 (Palm Sunday)

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem: For the full account of Sunday, see Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19.

Song for Meditation: “How Great Is Our God”

Monday, March 29

Jesus Cleanses the Temple: For the full account of Monday, see Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:12-19 and Luke 19:45-48.

Song for Meditation: “Man of Sorrows”

Tuesday, March 30

Temple Controversies and Jesus Goes to the Mount of Olives: For the full account of Tuesday, see Matthew 21:23-26:5, Mark 11:20-14:2 and Luke 20:1-22:2.

Song for Meditation: “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed”

Wednesday, March 31

Jesus Is Still: For the full account of Wednesday, see Matthew 26:6-16, Mark 14:3-11 and Luke 22:3-6.

Song for Meditation: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

Thursday, April 1 (Maundy Thursday)

Passover and Last Supper: For the full account of Thursday, see Matthew 26:17-75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:7-71, and John 13:1-18:27.

Song for Meditation: “Nothing but the Blood”

Friday, April 2 (Good Friday)

It Is Finished: For the full account of Friday, see Matthew 27:1-61, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 23:1-56 and John 18:28-19:42.

Song for Meditation: “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”

Saturday, April 3

In the Tomb: For the full account of Saturday, see Matthew 27:62-66.

Song for Meditation: “Is He Worthy” by Andrew Peterson

Sunday, April 4 (Easter Sunday)

Resurrection Sunday: For the full account of Sunday, see Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-53 and John 20:1-21:25.

Song for Meditation: “Because He Lives”


Hope for New York

Easter Sacrificial Offering: Every Easter, in celebration of Christ's ultimate sacrifice, we receive an offering for the poor and marginalized of our city. The Easter Sacrificial Offering goes to support the work of Hope for New York (HFNY), our partner for mercy and justice outreach. HFNY provides volunteer and financial resources to 60+ non-profit organizations serving the poor and marginalized in NYC. Learn more at hfny.org/easter.

During our Easter Sunday worship service, we will share special instructions during the offering time for how to give to the ESO fund. You can also give now via the button below.

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90 for 9

90 for 9 is our church-wide prayer initiative that began on Sunday, Feb 14. We've asked congregants to commit to praying for 9 people — those who don't yet know the hope of Christ — for 90 seconds for 90 days. Easter is the halfway point, but it's not too late to start praying. We believe in the power of prayer, and we long to deepen our commitment to prayer as our church family looks ahead to all that God is calling us to do as we seek to bring joy to the city.

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Morning Prayer

Our Prayer team invites you to join them on Zoom for prayer, which takes place every week on Sundays at 9 a.m. and Mondays through Fridays from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Register to receive the Zoom information.

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