Holy Week

Start: Sun, April 14   End: Mon, April 22 | 10:30am

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are at the heart of Holy Week.  More importantly, though, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are at the heart of the gospel.  When the Apostle Paul recounts the gospel he preached, he begins this way:  “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve” (1 Cor 15:3-5).  Holy Week, then, is an occasion for us to focus on the heart of the gospel.  We do so by remembering the events of this week in the life of Christ, by meditating on their enduring significance, and by celebrating God’s saving work in history through the death and resurrection of Christ. 


We invite you to join us in our celebration of Holy Week at Naperville Presbyterian Church.  We will have three distinct worship services along with a presentation that includes drama and music.  We’d love for you to join us! 


Palm Sunday worship service (4/14, 9:30am): We will consider the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, when he was received as a king with shouts of acclamation and cries of “Hosanna,” knowing those cheers would become shouts calling for his crucifixion in days to come. 


Passion week presentation (4/14, 6pm): Through drama, choral presentations, and congregational singing, we’ll walk with Jesus through various episodes of the week leading up to his crucifixion. 


Good Friday worship service (4/19, 6:30pm): Jesus likens his own experience to a grain of wheat, which must fall to the earth and die in order to bring forth life (John 12:24).  Before we celebrate the resurrection life he brings, we consider with solemnity the death he died on our behalf.  


Easter Sunday worship service (4/21, 9:30am and 11am):  We celebrate with joy and hope Christ’s glorious resurrection, through which he triumphs over the grave and deals a death blow to sin and death itself.  Christ’s own resurrection sets the pattern for the new life that he gives to all who trust in him.  It marks the beginning of his making all things new.