Saturday, April 04, 2009

South Side Lutherans Celebrate Holy Week

A Palm Sunday procession opens the celebration of Holy Week at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1534 S. Easton Avenue, Peoria, this Sunday, April 5, at 9 am. The service will continued with the reading of the Passion of Jesus Christ according to St. Mark and Holy Communion. The Rev. Steven P. Tibbetts, STS, Pastor at Zion, will be the celebrant.

Additional services for Holy Week begin a Healing Service on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 am. Maundy Thursday, April 9, will commemorate the Last Supper with the celebration of Holy Communion at 7 pm. On Good Friday, April 10, there will be a service with the reading of the Passion of Christ according to St. John at Noon. All are welcome to each of these worship services.

Holy Week commemorates the events of Jesus’ life that concluded with his Crucifixion at the hands of Roman and Jewish authorities in Jerusalem. Continuing public worship practices that pre-date the legalization of Christianity in the ancient Roman Empire, during Holy Week Christians re-enact key events of the last week of Jesus’ life, getting into the story of salvation by participating in its actions as preparation for the Easter celebration.

A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Zion has been proclaiming the Gospel from the South Side of Peoria since 1894. The church is located at the corner of Easton Avenue and Hayes Street, one block west of the intersection of Jefferson and Western, on the South Side of Peoria. For more information call (309) 637-9150 or view Zion’s web site at

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