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Willow Grove Church Announces Holy Week and Easter Services

Holy Week services at Willow Grove Church starts with reflection, prayer, music, and culminates in joyful celebration

Willow Grove Presbyterian Church of Scotch Plains invites the community to join in events to lead us closer to God and deepen our understanding of our journeys through life. The services reflect the last week of Jesus’ life, his last supper with the disciples, his death and crucifixion, and then the joyful celebration of his resurrection from the dead on Easter morning. Children and youth are encouraged to participate in the services.

  • Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 13, 10:00 am. This service focuses on Jesus’ triumphant arrival in Jerusalem among cheering crowds. Service will include children’s procession of palms and special music. Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney will preach on the practice of prayer in the midst of suffering.
  • Good Friday Prayer Vigil – Friday, April 18, 12 pm – 3:00 pm. All are invited to come to the sanctuary for a time of prayer and reflection on Jesus’ death on the cross and sacrificial love. Suggestions for readings will be available.
  • Good Friday Contemplative Tenebrae Service: Friday, April 18, 7:30 pm. This service of music and readings will focus on Jesus’ last hours from the Last Supper through his death. A service in partnership with the congregation of First United Methodist Church in Scotch Plains, this quiet service of music and readings in the round will include music from the Taize Community in France and Iona Community in Scotland. The service will be held at Willow Grove Church, upstairs in Alexander Hall. All are invited to participate in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The combined choirs will present special music, including "In Remembrance.” Rev. Carletta Aston from FUMC and Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney from Willow Grove Church will lead the service together. As the solemn service progresses, lighted candles will gradually be extinguished, and finally the congregation will exit in silence and in darkness. Those who choose may walk into the sanctuary and nail their own prayers to a large wooden cross.
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday morning, April 20, 10:00 am. A glorious celebration of Christ’s resurrection, this service will include jubilant music and joyful worship. Willow Grove Church will be welcoming guest trumpet player Kim Wojcik, a member of the Imperial Brass. The choir will sing a special anthem. All children will receive an Easter Joy bag. A special offering for One Great Hour of Sharing will be taken which provides funding for disaster response and refugee assistance and resettlement. The Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney will preach on “Easter Eyes.” Join us for coffee and refreshments after worship. Nursery care is available throughout the morning.

For more information about Willow Grove, please contact the church office at 908-232-5678, e-mail or check the website at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) is located at 1961 Raritan Road, across the street from the Scotch Plains Southside Firehouse and Southside Field and near the corner of South Martine Avenue. All facilities are handicap-accessible with ample on-site parking. Large-print bulletins and hymnbooks are available.

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