Lent

LILIES FOR EASTER
Lilies will once again adorn the sanctuary for Easter service. If you would like to donate toward the purchase of lilies in celebration of a loved one, an event, a joy, or a remembrance please contact the church office info@santamonicaumc.org or 310-393-8258.  Cost per lily is $12.  Checks should be made out to FUMC with memo: Easter lily.

April 9 • PALM SUNDAY • FAMILY BRUNCH & EGG HUNT
10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship – First United Methodist Church and Preschool welcome you and your family to this annual spring celebration!  Come for the festive waving of palms  then stay for the Family Brunch & Egg Hunt!

• Family Brunch at 11 a.m., Simkins Hall  (No charge although donations are appreciated.)
• Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m., Courtyard & Preschool Yards
• Pictures with the Easter Bunny from 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
There will also be Easter eggs to decorate and a craft table! Don’t miss the fun!

April 13 • MAUNDY THURSDAY
Evening Worship Service 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary – Communion, Word, Music & Silent Darkness – First UMC offers a traditional Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion and Tenebrae. Tenebrae is Latin for “shadows” and is characterized by the gradual extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of Holy Week, from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial. The Passion narrative is read and the service concludes in darkness. This meaningful service is open to all. (Child care provided)


April 14 • GOOD FRIDAY
Prayer Vigil 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Chapel – Open all day to pray and “watch with Jesus.”
• Community Mid-day Service 12 p.m., Brentwood Presbyterian (1200 San Vicente Blvd.) Quiet, Reflective, Scripture and Music
Good Friday Labyrinth Walk 1 – 9 p.m., Simkins Hall. The Labyrinth will be open for walking, every step a prayer.


April 15 • SIMPLE CHURCH SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL
7:30 p.m., Courtyard, Chapel – This ancient liturgy (worship) is a service of light, word and table (communion) where we remember God’s life-giving acts from the passage from slavery to freedom, from sin to salvation, from death into new life.  The service will begin in the courtyard with a procession of light moving into our chapel.


April 16 • EASTER SUNDAY
Sunrise Service 6:30 a.m., Palisades Park (Santa Monica Blvd. & Ocean Ave.)
Coming to worship on Easter Sunday at an hour and place different than we normally do, offers a sense that something unexpected has happened. Where there appeared to be no hope, there is now hope. Where there was death, there is now resurrection!
Some will remember the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined” (Isaiah 9:2 NRSV). Sometimes the world around us can seem very dark, but in Christ we have a light of hope, the very presence of God in the midst of us.*
Beautiful scenery, worship, Holy Communion, hot coffee & fellowship. Bring blankets, chairs, & fresh flowers for the cross.

*Easter Sunrise Services: A Celebration of Resurrection originally published at UMC.org by Joe Lovino

Easter Celebration 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship
Family Sunday with music of choir, brass & organ, Easter Lilies & Alleluias! Children remain in church; activity bags are provided. Each child will receive a small gift of a flower after the service.