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 choral service from 8pm-9pm in the Activity Center (see map below). Then we move into the Sanctuary and continue the Old Testament story of Salvation History as, each hour, we hear a Scripture reading, pray, sing, and contemplate as we are led by 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.
8pm The Story of Creation (this portion of the service will be in the Activity Center)
9pm The Fall
10pm: The Flood
11pm: Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac
12am: Israel's Deliverance at the Red Sea
1am: God's Presence in a Renewed Israel
2am: Salvation Offered Freely to All
3am: The Valley of Dry Bones
4am: The Gathering of God's People
5am: Extended Worship
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.