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Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday – March 24
Services of Divine Worship • 8:00 & 10:55 a.m.

Palm Sunday starts off our Holy Week celebrations as we remember Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Children ages K4–6th grade will have the opportunity to begin our morning worship services with a palm branch procession.





Maundy Thursday – March 28 *
Communion Service • 7:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday is the night that the Passover was transformed and translated from the Old Covenant Meal to the New Covenant Meal. Join us at 7:00 p.m. for a service of remembrance and celebration with Communion at the Tables.

* Nursery is available upon reservation at




Good Friday – March 29 *
A Service of Reflection on the Cross • 12:00 p.m.

Join us at noon on Good Friday as we assemble in the Worship Center for a Service of Reflection on the Cross, with Bible readings and the singing of the great Atonement hymns.

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Resurrection Lord’s Day – March 31
Sunrise Service • 6:30 a.m.
Services of Celebration • 8:00 & 10:55 a.m.
Sunday Evening Music Concert • 6:00 p.m.

Resurrection Lord’s Day we celebrate our risen Savior with a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. and worship services at 8:00 and 10:55 a.m. Continue the celebration of worship on Sunday evening with our Briarwood Music Staff and Professionals in Concert.




Easter Lillies
On sale until March 17

Place one or more lilies in the Worship Center in memory or honor of someone for Easter. Lilies are $12 each.
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Holy Week Devotions


Most of us are familiar with the events that took place on Palm Sunday when Christ made his royal entry into Jerusalem. Why is this day so significant? Israel had long awaited the Messiah, a king who they believed would come as a military leader to conquer all of their enemies. Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah King, but He looked very different from what Israel expected. On Palm Sunday, He came not mounted on a war horse, but mounted on a donkey, the symbol of peace. Palm Sunday is significant because Jesus was not only making His procession into the city of Jerusalem, but to the cross to take on the sin of His people! At the cross, He would make a way for man to have peace with God. He did not come to Jerusalem to conquer neighboring lands or people, but to conquer sin itself. This parade, this processional, is all about the King, who was also the unblemished Lamb who gave His life so that we may have life in Him. 

Notice that Matthew describes the donkey as “a beast of burden.” Donkeys were used to carry both people and the weight of their cargo. Just as the donkey carried the weight of Christ into Jerusalem, remember that Christ carried the weight of your sin to the cross. He took on your burden of sin so that you may be free in Christ. All those who are in Christ proclaim “Hosanna (save us) in the Highest!”

Written by Rev. Jay Shaw



The cursing of the fig tree is an interesting story. Jesus was returning to the city of Jerusalem and became hungry. He saw a fig tree that was full of leaves. It gave the appearance of a fruitful tree but upon closer examination he found no fruit. What did Jesus do? He cursed the fig tree, and it withered immediately! 

Many scholars and commentators agree that this was a picture of the Jewish church at the time in Jerusalem. It had all the appearances of a fruitful church with its temple, yearly feasts, daily services, the Old Testament Scriptures, and its sacrifices. These were just mere leaves of religion, but the Jewish church had no fruit. JC Ryle says, “It had no grace, no faith, no love, no humility, no spirituality, no real holiness, no willingness to receive the Messiah.” Jesus made it a withered fig tree that couldn’t even give the appearance of bearing fruit. 

This Easter let us use this story to honestly examine our own lives. Are you bearing the fruit of the Spirit or have you been caught up in just keeping appearances? The fruit of the Spirit is the only sure evidence that we are in Christ. Let us see this story as a warning that causes us to repent and trust in the work of Christ alone.

Written by Rev. Max Bunn



While He was teaching on one of the porches of the temple, Jesus’ authority was challenged by the chief priests and elders. The major question was whether Jesus had authority from Heaven or were His words merely from man. Christ, in all His wisdom, turns the tables on the elders by asking a question of them regarding the authority of John’s baptism. They tried to “trap” Him, but in His superiority of wisdom, He demonstrated the authority of His actions. John was “a man sent from God” and He came to bear witness of Jesus. And John confessed that he was not worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals. John knew that Jesus truly was the One who came down from heaven, even the One who said of Himself, “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 

So, the question we have before us is “Do we truly believe?” It is the authority of Jesus found in the Scriptures that brings life-giving truth into the depths of our souls. May we gladly submit to the One who has all authority in Heaven and on earth.

Written by Rev. Chris Thompson



As the chief priests and elders plot to kill Jesus, Jesus goes to the home of Simon the leper in Bethany. While reclining with His disciples at the table, a woman enters and breaks an expensive alabaster flask of perfumed oil and pours it over Jesus’ head. Jesus calls it a “beautiful thing,” for she was anointing Him for burial. What an extravagant act of worship by this woman! The disciples saw things differently. Angered, they declare it a costly waste of resources that could have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor. Where were their hearts fixed in that moment? On worshiping their Messiah who had just told them that He would soon be delivered up to be crucified? Or on the poor whom Jesus said they would always have with them? In that moment, this woman spared no expense to come and see Jesus, giving her best, her all, in worship of her King! Jesus tells the disciples, “wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” Jesus is saying that her acts would be remembered in the Gospel Story! 

What about you? Is your heart fixed on the worship of Jesus? Will your acts be remembered in The Story? He alone is worthy of our worship, our best, our all. 

Written by Rev. Michael Wichlan



In Matthew 26:33 Peter declares that he will never betray Jesus, yet he and the other disciples quickly do so by failing to keep watch and pray during Christ’s deepest and most sorrowful hour. In Gethsemane Jesus shows us His humanity by suffering great sorrow as He prepares to take upon Himself the wicked and vile sins of the world. Falling on His face He earnestly asks the Father three times for another way. Then He humbly submits to the Father’s will. 

This darkest hour for our Lord belongs to us. We deserve the wrath; it’s our sin; and sin’s penalty is death. How overwhelming is the love, mercy, patience and forgiveness of Christ–that while we are yet sinners, Christ suffers for us; and the reality is that we are not loved by the measure of love that we bring. He doesn’t give up on us, and He faithfully submits to the will of the Father.

As we gather on Maundy Thursday at 7:00 PM for Communion, remember that in Gethsemane we see Jesus model the Fruit of the Spirit, and we are taught that prayer and obedience to God’s will is the answer to our trials. Let’s follow in the footsteps of our Savior in crying out to God when the trials of life come.

Written by Rev. Eric Reebals



The trials ended and the mob’s voice rang loudest. Jesus was sentenced to be crucified. As the morning unfolds, we read how Jesus was mocked by the soldiers, the people, the religious leaders and even the thieves being crucified along with him. Jesus’ very words were twisted and thrown back at Him in accusation. The religious leaders even declared that if He was the Son of God surely God would save Him. 

At the 6th hour creation went miraculously dark. God the Father was speaking. And, in mysteries beyond our comprehension, Jesus – who knew no sin, became sin. All of our transgressions were laid upon Jesus and the wrath of God was poured out on him. In the 9th hour, Jesus cried out loudly “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me!” 

Stop. Consider His cry. It should have been ours. The wrath of God, the separation, it was ours to bare. And yet, 2 Corinthians 5:21 explains that Christ took on our sins so that we would be made right with God through the blood of Christ. After these words and Christ’s carrying our sin and punishment, He yielded His spirit and died. God the Father spoke again, as once for all, the Temple curtain was torn declaring the final sacrifice had been made. Our sin was paid in full. We are no longer left outside but are now able to come to Him, through Him. This happened for us, on that dark day. The day that changed everything for us. And yet… 

One more enemy was yet to be defeated. Death.

Written by Kristie Harrick



After Jesus died, Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus and laid Him to rest in a tomb. The two Marys observed where Jesus was laid, and Luke adds that they returned home to prepare spices, but “on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). This of course refers to the fourth commandment, which calls us to rest from our works (Exodus 20:8-11) and to rest in God’s work of redemption (Deuteronomy 5:15). 

But how restless must those women have been! Their Lord had just been crucified and His body lay dead in the tomb! Yet as they strove to rest from their work and to remember God’s acts of deliverance, one wonders if the Spirit recalled to their minds Jesus’ words, “After three days I will rise”. How wonderfully ironic, that as Jesus “rested” in the tomb, God invited His disciples to “rest” in His promise of salvation. 

As the author of Hebrews writes, this invitation to enter God’s rest remains for us today, and we are to strive towards that end (Hebrews 4:1-3;11). The tides of trials may assail our faith and we may wonder whether Christ will ever return, but we can rest in God’s promises just as the women could. We can be sure that Christ will return, for He rose again. 

Written by Rev. Saeyoung Park 



“He is not here, for He is risen.” Never has the absence of someone brought so many blessings. His absence from the tomb means God’s Word is true and He is working to make all things new. His absence means our sins are forgiven, Satan is defeated, and the sting of death is removed. His absence means we worship the living and not the dead. His absence means we have a secure inheritance and a hope that transcends earthly discouragements. His absence means we have the power of the resurrection as we seek to grow in maturity and expand His kingdom. His absence, simply put, means victory. 

How do we now walk in this victory and the power that Christ’s resurrection secures for us? First, we worship. Worship is our right response to such great love. Worship also sets our minds on “heavenly things”, refocusing our gaze on eternal matters. Second, we preach. We preach the above truths to troubled, sin-battled souls that need encouragement and a gospel hope. Third, we move. We move out into the world with the confidence that Jesus is alive and He is building His church. He is risen. He is risen indeed! 

Written by Rev. Stephen King 



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