This service follows the practice of the ancient church, keeping vigil on the night before Christ’s resurrection. The Great Vigil is in three complete parts that build on each other: 1. Vigil: Light and Lessons 2. Vigil: All-Night and 3. Vigil: Sunrise Service. Read more about these services below.
Our journey begins in candlelight as the ancient Exsultet chant usheres us into the Old Testament story of Salvation History, presented through theater, dance, and music. Childcare for ages 0–5.
The evening starts with a quiet candlelight Vigil from 9pm-10pm in the Activity Center (see map below). Then we move into the Sanctuary and the Old Testament story of Salvation History continues as each hour of the night, we hear a Scripture reading, pray, sing, and contemplate as we are led by ten different worship leaders and preachers. In addition to teachings written for each reading, every worship leader has written an original song in response. For Children: All ages welcome. There is no childcare at this service.
9pm Candlelight Taize Service
(Note: this portion of the service will be in the Activity Center and we will move together to the Sanctuary for the 10pm hour)
10pm The Flood
Preacher: Kevin Sheehan, Worship Leader: Jeannie Iseman
11pm: Melchizedek Blesses Abram
Preacher: Meghan Robins, Worship Leader: Justin Jacobson
12am: Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac
Preacher: Susanna Spacek, Worship Leader: Ellison Ruch (RezYouth Hour)
1am: God's Promise to David
Preacher: John Perrine, Worship Leader: Steve Williamson
2am: God's Presence in a Renewed Israel
Preacher: Will Chester, Worship Leaders: Abigail Elliott, Ruth Mudge, and Christiana Ostoich
3am: Salvation Offered Freely to All
Preacher: Chris Easley, Worship Leader: Mark Meyers
4am: A New Heart and a New Spirit
Preacher: Nephtali Matta, Worship Leader: Chris Lapeyre
5am: Jonah and the Fish
Preacher: Matt Woodley, Worship Leader: Ty Warner
The Vigil culminates with our sunrise celebration, which includes the Acclamation that Christ is Risen!, the Holy Noise, baptisms, and the first Eucharist of Easter. All ages welcome, no children’s ministry.