Easter & Holy Week 2020

Celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ with Onalaska United Methodist Church this year! All are welcome to participate in our special services, which will be available on our livestream channel at http://youtube.onalaskaumc.org

Although we can’t worship together at church because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order, we can certainly praise in place! No advance preparation is required, but if you are able to gather the materials listed below the services will be even more special.

Prayer requests can be texted to 608-799-4484. We welcome your online gifts to support our ministry at http://give.onalaskaumc.org

HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 9

“Poured Out” Drama and Communion
4:30pm (livestream) & 6:30pm (video)

Pastors Park and Anna-Lisa Hunter and family invite you to join them around the table for a dramatic presentation. Hear Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter, Judas, the Roman soldier at the cross, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Salome share their eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ final meal and hours. Join us in symbolic acts recalling that evening, and in shared communion online.

Download: Program and music (PDF)

Advance Prep: bread and grape juice, a small dish with oil, bowl of warm water and a towel, candle in center of table.

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 10

Good Friday Reading
All Day (podcast)

OUMC member Mark Bertrang offers a special audio podcast reading of Matthew’s account of Jesus’ last days, available from his website.

Way of the Cross Prayer Walk
All Day (King, 4th, and Locust Streets)

Park in the lower lot off King Street and 5th Avenue, then follow the signs for a 14-station meditative prayer walk recalling Jesus’s arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial. Begin in the garden of Gethsemane, travel to the cross, and end at the tomb. Please observe safe distancing if others are present.

Download: Way of the Cross signs (PDF)

Tenebrae Service
8:00pm (video)

Our traditional and somber service of darkness. OUMC members will read the Passion story from John 18-19 by candlelight. At the death of Christ, the Light passes out of the world, the last candle is extinguished and we wait for Easter Sunday in darkness.

Download: Program and music sheets (PDF)

Advance Prep: lit candle

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Stations of the Cross Prayer Walk
All Day (King, 4th, and Locust Streets)

Park in the lower lot off King Street and follow the signs for a 14-station meditative prayer walk recalling Jesus’s arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial. Begin in the garden of Gethsemane, travel to the cross, and end at the tomb. Please observe safe distancing if others are present.

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 12

Easter Celebration Services
8:30am Classic (livestream)
11:00am Praise (livestream)

Our traditional Easter services, livestreamed with great music and the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection. Pastor Park preaches “All Shook Up!” from Matthew 28:1-10. Thunder and lightning, very, very frightening! In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ death and resurrection, the earth moves. How has Christ shaken our world and shifted the earth under our feet?

Join us in the great Easter shout, “Christ is risen indeed!” Special God Moment witness by Zoe de Boer. Jessica Gobel offers an Easter kid moment. At the Classic Service, the World Methodist Choir performs “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!”

Download: worship slides with song lyrics (8:30 classic PDF / 11:00 praise PDF)

Advance Prep: record a short video of you or your family shouting “Christ is risen indeed!” and share it with onaumc.pastor@gmail.com by Saturday morning to be included in the celebration video during the service.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

Holy Humor Services
8:30am Classic (livestream)
11:00am Praise (livestream)

The Sunday after Easter is Holy Humor Sunday. “Laugh at the devil, and he will flee from you.” Fresh from Easter, we rejoice with the risen Jesus Christ! Pastor Park preaches “A Blessing of Laughter” from Genesis 21:1-8. God has an amazing sense of humor. Blessings and belly laughs go hand-in-hand. Anytime we think we’ve got life figured out… Suprise! God pops up.

The puppets will share jokes, and you can send in your own jokes by video in advance or share them by text message during the service.

Download: worship slides with song lyrics (coming soon)

Advance Prep: record a short video of yourself telling a joke and share it with onaumc.pastor@gmail.com by Saturday morning.