As you can guess, Holy Week is the most exciting week of the year in churches, and that’s true of course, at Floris UMC. Have you had a chance to see the church’s “Holy Week and Easter” announcement? What a week we will have! I am very excited about sharing this with you all.
From Palm Sunday on April 1, we enter Holy Week, the last week of Lent. You don’t want to miss the opportunities to walk through the journey of Holy Week because it leads you to truly celebrate Easter. It gives indescribable joy on Easter morning. That I can promise. We will start praising Jesus by the children praising “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday. Then, as you’ve heard me announce, there will be a Lenten Cantata, “The Lenten Sketches” at the Good Friday evening service. The Floris Orchestra and choir will share this deeply worshipful cantata. The cantata will lead us to have a portrait of God’s grace, shown during Holy Week through meditative words and beautiful music. We have been working hard and praying deeply– not only for the Lord to be glorified through the worship service– but also that we may experience His presence to transform us throughout the service. Please invite your friends and neighbors who especially need to meet our Savior, Jesus. You never know how God will work through your invitations to others. He works miraculously through our actions.
On Easter morning, we will start with a sunrise service at 6:15 AM. And the Hallelujah chorus will be lifted up at the 8:00 AM, 9:15 AM and 11:00 AM services. There will be a fanfare of brass that will lead us to the Easter hymn, “Christ, the Lord is Risen Today.” Also a special Easter anthem, “Risen Today” will be sung by the Easter choir.
Now, you can guess how we praise and worship Him! We will use all our talents and all our breath to proclaim “He is risen indeed!” Are you ready? I am surely ready.
May the Spirit of the Lord be upon you and your family through this incredible experience of praise and worship during Holy Week and on Easter.
Here are the lyrics to our Palm Sunday anthem. Enjoy.
Behold, the King of Zion Comes
Behold, the King of Zion comes, the promise is fulfilled.
The visions seen by prophet eyes, to all is now in truth, revealed, to all is now revealed.
From age to age the people prayed and searched the Eastern sky. Rejoice! Rejoice! The time has come. Redemption draweth nigh. Redemption draweth nigh.
Hosanna, hosanna! Hosanna to the King! O blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Lift up your heads, ye ancient doors. Fling open wide, ye gates. Open ye gates neath chapels made of palms and praise. Your King rides humbly on to reign.
Behold, the King of Zion comes. The promise is fulfilled.