Holy Week 2019

Holy Week 2019

Another Edition of “Beneath the Music; the Music Beneath”

This is unabashed advertising/propaganda/publicity/promotion/hype for the most important week of the Christian year – Holy Week.  From Palm Sunday to Easter, we have MANY opportunities to worship together at Asbury and you are “chordially” invited to them all!  Yes, I said ALL.  Three services on Easter is nothing compared to Jesus’ sacrifice for us!!

Think of each service like an act of a larger play, a Passion Play (I googled it for you). 

Palm/Passion Sunday Worship Services, April 14

Hosanna! Traditional Worship will start with a Palm Parade for children of all ages and families, then turn towards Christ’s Passion and finish with the choir singing the Passion Chorale,  “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”.  

Maundy Thursday Worship, April 18 at 6:30 PM – South Building

We will meditate in the Garden of Gethsemane and contemplate the last supper and Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. The service will be engaging and transformative, communal and reflective. 

Good Friday Worship, April 19 at 6:30 PM – North Building

In the days before Jesus hung on the cross, He was not silent. He still had things He needed to say, and those final words are significant. This worshipful service will center on Jesus’ final words, through several video vignettes, music and narration. 

Easter Sunrise Worship, April 21 at 6:30 AM – Amphitheater

Bring flowers for the cross and a lawn chair! Celebrate the resurrection through worship lead by our youth. Oh, and eat some doughnuts!

Easter Contemporary Worship, April 21 at 9:30 AM – North Building

Put some more flowers on the cross and come see Kevin’s Easter bonnet!! 

10:30 Egg Hunt – not a worship service but a must do for our  little Christians! 

Easter Traditional Worship, April 21 at 11:00 AM – South Building

He is Risen! Even more flowers! Brass, Handbells, Celebration Choir. Don’t miss out like Thomas; be there and believe!  See below for links to music. 

Music at the traditional service on Easter will feature a blockbuster introduction – Because He Lives, anthem – Behold I Make All Things New, handbells – To God be the Glory, and a rousing finale – part of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus!   


The brass, choir, and handbells all combine with the congregation singing favorite hymns: Christ the Lord is Risen TodayAll Hail the Power of Jesus Name, and the Day of Resurrection. (hymn links for illustration, not exactly what you will hear)

Pitch a tent and just stay at church for Holy Week, April 14-21! 

Eric Grush, Director of Traditional Worship