Take Part in Holy Week at Herndon UMC
Mar 28 | Palm | Passion Sunday
HAND MADE PALMS — Everyone is invited to prepare a palm for Palm Sunday. Green paper was provided in the Lent Kit, but you may use anything that you have. You will need a piece of paper, a pencil or other tracing tool, and scissors. Trace your own hand and then cut it out to make the palm. Here is a how-to video to help you.
KIDS (age 3 – grade 6) are invited to make a paper palm and make a recording saying “Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest!” to be shared in the worship service. All kids will remain anonymous for their privacy and safety. A sample video is linked here. Videos may be sent to Patrick Tugwell, our Video Producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to be included is March 22.
ABOUT WORSHIP — The Scripture for this service is Mark 11:1-11.
The trouble with Palm Sunday is that we love a parade. We love the spectacle, we love the entertainment, we love the high flying hymns that sing of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem as if he were going to be crowded as a king. We love a victorious Christ. It is Christ-crucified that we don’t know much to do with. And this whole story is drenched in the irony of what is about to take place in just a matter of days.
Apr 1 | The Way of the Cross (Drive-Thru Experience)
Herndon UMC invites you to explore the stations of the cross in this sensory, drive-thru worship experience.
Enter across from Herndon High School and begin with Holy Communion,. Remember the last supper that Jesus ate with his Disciples. In addition to communion elements, you will receive a small egg carton of resources to help you experience the stations of the cross from prayers to burial from the safety of your vehicle, alone or with your family group, as you drive around the church parking lot. Go to herndonumc.org/wayofthecross for more information.
The Way of the Cross will be available from 4:30-6:30 pm on Holy (Maundy) Thursday, April 1 at Herndon United Methodist Church (701 Bennett Street).
Apr 2 | Good Friday Service
Tenebrae (/ˈtɛnəbreɪ, –bri/—Latin for “darkness”) is a religious service held during the three days preceding Easter Day, and characterized by gradual extinguishing of candles. You are invited to join in this digital tenebrae worship service that will stream at 7 pm on Friday, April 2 on YouTube and Facebook.
Apr 4 | Easter (Modern, In-Person) Sunrise Worship -- Please Sign Up to Attend!
This short (about 30 minute), modern, in-person worship service with Holy Communion is planned for 6:30 am on Sunday, April 4 on Easter. It will be held outside at Herndon UMC in areas 3 (in the circle) and 4 (grassy area) beside the Sanctuary and also live-streamed on Facebook.
COVID health safety requirements are currently evolving. We know that attendees will be asked to bring their own chairs or blankets (if they wish to sit down) and to wear a mask and to maintain social distancing. We will continue to update this page as more is known.
You can help us plan for this service, and sign up for updates or changes below. Just provide an email (and let us know if you prefer to be contacted by text) and how many will be in your group (including you), and we will contact you when there are changes or if an acknowledgement form is requested.
Apr 4 | The Flower Cross Returns
A tradition at Herndon UMC is to place flowers on a cross outside of the church building on Easter morning. The cross will be in place, in front of the church, this year. You are invited to bring flowers anytime Easter morning and add them to the cross. You may bring your own flowers from home or there will be some flowers provided for you to place on the cross as well. Please just be safe, maintain social distances, and wear a mask if you will be approaching others.
Apr 4 | Easter (Traditional, Digital) Worship
The scripture for this worship service is Mark 16:1-8
Hear this great news…Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed! Pastor Flor will share with us a message of resurrection and Good News this Easter.
New life is what the resurrection is all about. We seek a new life in the springtime, especially after the pandemic. How would it look to seek new life that will help transform us into more Christlike followers of Jesus?
This digital worship service will stream at 10 am on Sunday, April 4 on YouTube and Facebook. This service will combine familiar hymns, liturgy, scripture, and prayer. Music during the service will include organ, handbells, Herndon UMC’s Wesley Choir and the Voices of Truth (youth choir), and a variety of instruments. We hope you will join us for Easter worship!
Jesus in the Old Testament: Lenten & Holy Week Devotional
Through Easter, Herndon UMC’s weekday devotions are shifting to hear from different voices. Pastor Jonathan collaborated with other faith leaders to create this devotional that draws connections between Jesus’ teachings and the Old Testament. A new devotion will post each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Lent (and then daily throughout Holy Week). Images with scripture and a question to ponder will appear on Facebook and Instagram. You may also scroll back through the devotions below or you may choose to download the entire collection as a PDF.
Mission Focus – UMCOR
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters – be it famine, hurricane, war, flood, fire or other events—to alleviate suffering and to be a source of help and hope for those left most vulnerable. You may learn more about UMCOR at umcmission.org/umcor.
Herndon UMC regularly supports UMCOR through our budget and through special collections. Each year the Naomi Ruth Circle (of Herndon’s United Methodist Women) puts together kits for UMCOR. This year they will be working on Health Kits.
After living the last year in this pandemic, Herndon UMC would like to focus on global health this season, making a special collection for UMCOR through Easter. Funds will go to support the materials for the Naomi Ruth Circle’s Health Kits and any extra will go to support UMCOR Global Ministries in helping to meet peoples’ daily needs such as healthcare, food, hygiene and job security.