Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2018

Palm Sunday—March 25, 2018

On this day we reenact the procession of Jesus into Jerusalem with palms and special music. Immediately, though, we are in Holy Week as we hear the story of the passion or arrest of Jesus.

8:00 AM                      Blessing of Palms on Parish Hall lawn followed by procession to the Church and Holy Communion with meditation and reading of the Passion

10:00 AM                    Blessing of Palms on Parish Hall lawn followed by procession to the Church accompanied by music for highland bagpipes; celebration of the Holy Eucharist, reading of the Passion

Maundy Thursday—March 29, 2018

On this day we commemorate the last night Jesus spent with his disciples, and began the tradition of a shared meal of bread and wine, now known as Communion. This year we will be introducing a new service as part of our remembrance of the Last Supper.  At 6:30 pm we will gather in the parish hall for a pot luck supper in the midst of which we will celebrate communion.  We hope this will be a time of informal sharing as we gather as a community, much as Jesus’ did two thousand years ago.  After communion in the parish hall we move over to the church where, we remove all the decoration and embellishments of the church interior. By tradition our prayer book allows us to place some of the consecrated bread and wine from this evening’s service in church. Then following Jesus’ request at the garden at Gethsemane that his disciples watch while Jesus prayed, we will keep watch in church throughout the night dividing the time into hour intervals from 9pm Thursday until 12 noon on Good Friday. There is a sign up roster in the church for the watch, but you can also just come as you wish. The church will remain open throughout the night. If you do come, please enter by the main doors or the sacristy door. The watch is a time of reflection, quiet, and prayer before we come to Good Friday.

6:30 PM                        Pot luck supper and Holy Eucharist in parish hall, followed by stripping of the Altar in the Church.

9:00 PM-12:00 Noon  Prayer Watch in the Church continuing throughout the night.

Good Friday—March 30, 2018

This year we are switching the times of our liturgies for Good Friday. At noon we will gather for Communion, special prayers and music and the reading of the Passion. At 1:30pm we then gather, weather permitting, for an outdoor service of Stations of the Cross when the acts and traditions of Jesus’ crucifixion are remembered. The meditations at each station are written by Fr. Richard especially for our service. Then at 3:00 pm we will solemnly toll the tower bell as we remember Jesus’ death on the cross.

12:00 Noon                 Liturgy of Good Friday, Music and Hymns with Choir and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

1:30 PM                       Outdoor Stations of the Cross (weather permitting)

3:00 PM                      Solemn tolling of Tower Bell

Holy Saturday—March 31, 2018

9:30 AM                      Prayers of the day and Decoration of Church

Easter Sunday—April 1, 2018

8:00 AM                      Holy Eucharist with music and Sermon

10:00 AM                    Festival Holy Eucharist with Brass Quartet and our Choir, Hymns, and Sermon

11:30 AM                     Reception in Parish Hall, Blessing of Easter Baskets, Easter Egg Hunt

Fr. Richard’s Easter Letter 2018

Easter Music Form 2018

Easter Flower Form 2018

Getting Involved

As important as Sunday Worship is, our life together is filled with many opportunities to serve others and to experience community. From the Food Pantry, our Sunday Morning education forum, to the Third Thursday Luncheon program, the Messiah Community is busy and engaged. See our Calendar of Events below or click here to view a full list of our Programs.

Click here to see Messiah’s Annual Report for 2018.

The Capital Campaign

The Parish is currently in the process of raising a significant amount of money to address the long-standing issues of water infiltration through our roof and walls and the resulting damage to the building. In addition to the nearly $2 million pledged by members of the congregation, we are looking to grants and community businesses and institutions to help us in this important work. If you’d like to be part of this historic capital campaign, please email the Parish Office, or talk to Fr. Richard.

Upcoming Events

Vocal Quartet Concert at Messiah, Saturday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Paulina Swierczek, soprano will be joined by three of our choir section leaders, Chloë Schaaf, mezzo-soprano, Eric Carey, tenor, and Luke MacMillan, baritone for a performance of the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes.  The original accompaniment, for piano four hands, will be played by Florence Mak and Bethany Pietroniro. The concert will also include rarely heard 19th century German works for vocal ensemble as well as music for piano four hands.  Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted.


Date Time Event
Tuesday, January 9 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Parish Office Open
Tuesday, January 9 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Rhinebeck Bridge Club
Tuesday, January 9 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ESL


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