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Holy Week at St. John's in Summit

The Resurrection Window at St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ. The stained-glass windows at St. John's were designed by the Willett Studios in Philadelphia.

SUMMIT, NJ - Holy Week begins at St. John's Lutheran Church, located at 587 Springfield Ave. in Summit, NJ, with Palm Sunday on March 20th. Holy Week is considered the highpoint of the whole church year. The week ends with the Three Days, or Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter. The journey through Holy Week invites all to reflect on Christ's suffering and death and to celebrate God’s ultimate triumph over death through Christ's glorious resurrection.

Palm Sunday worship on March 20th at 10:30 AM will begin, weather permitting, with a procession around the outside of the church. Worship will begin in the front of building. People with mobility issues are encouraged to gather in the front entryway or go directly into the sanctuary and await the rest of the congregation's arrival. The Suffering Servant, a four-movement work by K. Lee Scott, will be offered by the Adult Choir, soloists, and chamber ensemble during the reading of the Passion narrative, or story of Christ's suffering and death.

On Maundy Thursday, March 24th, services at 12:00 noon and 7:30 PM will focus on Jesus' command to love one another. At the evening service, the ritual of foot washing will take place. This powerful symbol calls Christ’s disciples to demonstrate the love that stoops to serve; the love shared by the Servant of servants, Jesus Christ. The feast of love that is Holy Communion will be shared by all as the journey with Jesus to the cross continues.

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On Good Friday, March 25th, beginning at 9;30 AM, an ecumenical Good Friday Children’s Walk will start at Central Presbyterian Church and finish at 11:30 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Solemn Good Friday services at St. John's will be held at 12:00 noon and 7:30 PM.

On Saturday, March 26th, the Vigil of Easter will take place at 7:30 PM. The Vigil is as the summit of our Lenten journey. All are welcome on this night as, through story, symbol, and sacrament, we pass over with Christ from darkness to light and from death to life. The Vigil is the first service to celebrate the risen Christ who has conquered sin and death, once for all. Hear splendid music, ponder stories brought to life in various media, remember your baptism, eat at the Lamb’s High Feast, and gather for a joyous concluding champagne reception.

Easter Sunday, on March 27th, Christ's resurrection will be celebrated at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM services. An Easter Brunch will be enjoyed at 9:00 AM. All are welcome as we celebrate in Word and Sacrament, with the joyous sounds of organ, handbells, brass, and children's and adult choirs. Experience the gift of new and renewed life with all your senses here at St. John’s Lutheran Church!

For more information, call the church office 908-273-3846 or visit our website:

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