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Holy Week

Palm Sunday, March 29, 8:30 & 11 am
Rev. Emily Goldthwaite Fries preaching
How are we challenged to “follow Jesus” into hard places within our lives and our world? Worship will include choir, children’s choir, brass, hand bells, and the appearance of the big Jesus puppet. Come for worship and plan to participate in a highly interactive time of learning and fellowship for all ages during the education hour beginning at 9:45.

Maundy Thursday, April 2, 6:30–8:30 pm
In this unique service for all ages, we remember the message Jesus left with his disciples to serve one another and remember him when we break bread together. We’ll share a simple meal together in the dining room, experience foot or hand-washing, and finally share Communion in the sanctuary.

Sorrowful Friday, April 3, 7:30 pm
In this service of Tenebrae, we'll listen to the story of Jesus' passion and death, with music by the Mayflower Choir. Candles are extinguished until the Sanctuary is dramatically plunged into darkness.

Holy Saturday, April 4, 8:00 pm
Gather for our Easter Vigil service led by Confirmation students. We begin with a small fire in the garth, then gradually bring the light of Christ into the Sanctuary.

Easter Sunday, April 5, 8:30 and 11 am
The Festival of the Resurrection celebrates the rebirth of hope and the life-giving power of God, with the proclamation that Christ is risen and love is stronger than death. Mayflower Choir and Brass at both services. Rev. Sarah Campbell preaches.


Miss a Sermon or Want to Revisit One?

> Audio and printed sermons available here.
> CDs also available (all regular worship services are recorded and available in the Mayflower Library. CDs also available for purchase for $3 each; see the Welcome Desk.)


About Worship at Mayflower

We recognize that faith is a journey rather than a doctrine. Coming from diverse backgrounds, we are united in our quest for spiritual and intellectual growth, and in putting our faith into practice through our actions.

Mayflower’s worship reflects our Protestant heritage, ecumenical commitments, and openness to the variety of religious traditions represented by our members. Music, prayer, scriptures, and preaching are important parts of our worship, giving breadth, depth, and direction to our spiritual development.

Holy communion (or Eucharist) is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. Childcare is available on Sunday mornings for ages 5 and younger.

Inclusive & Accessible
We reflect our belief in human equality and acceptance of diversity through gender inclusive language in sermons, prayers, hymns, litanies, lessons, church school curriculum, and musical presentations by the choirs. An entrance ramp, power doors and elevators make our church accessible.

Members are encouraged to participate in the leadership of worship, development of our liturgies, and in creating a sacred environment for worship through art. Our sanctuary’s design and clear glass windows reflect our belief in the sacredness of all creation. The flexibility in the arrangement of the sanctuary, in addition to the banners and other art, allow us to celebrate liturgical seasons, special occasions, and services focused on particular themes.

Sacraments
We acknowledge two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion (Eucharist), both of which are available to all regardless of age or religious affiliation.

Open & Affirming

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the designation for congregations in the United Church of Christ (UCC) that make public statements of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. As an ONA congregation of the UCC, we recognize and affirm all people, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons as equal recipients of the love and grace of God.

Peace with Justice

As a Peace with Justice congregation, we study and support non-violence and actively work on issues of justice and peace on the local, national and international levels.