“Holy Week” is the week just before Easter. In the Western branch of Christianity, it is also the last week of Lent, and includes Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday (Spy Wednesday), Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), Good Friday (Holy Friday), and Holy Saturday. Several churches in Buffalo Center have historically joined hands to celebrate this central week of the Christian year. In 2017, we invite you to join us as we worship in anticipation: experiencing the highs and lows of life and faith together on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Maundy Thursday services will be shared this year on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 PM in the First Congregational Church where communion will be served in memory of that first communion shared in the upper room on the night before Jesus was executed. Pastor Tim Diehl will share the Lord’s Supper in the manner used in our host church. Pastor Deb Devine will deliver the meditation as Pastor Bill Peake will serve as the evening’s liturgist and the special music of the evening is provided by Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Good Friday services will be shared on Friday, April 14 at 7 PM in the Buffalo Center United Methodist Church where the mood will be a somber remembrance of the last day in the life of Jesus Christ, culminating in the crucifixion and burial of the Lord. Pastor Nathaniel Hedin-Schmidt will be leading us as liturgist. The evening’s meditation will be brought by Pastor Bill Peake. The Ministry of Music will be presented by First Congregational Church and scripture will be shared by First Baptist Church.
An offering will be received each night for the benefit of the North Iowa Ministerial Association outreach which includes emergency assistance for residents in Buffalo Center, Rake, Thompson and Lakota. Funds are also used to lovingly assist travelers in need. A scholarship is also provided to two NIHS seniors planning to pursue post-secondary education and is awarded at the Baccalaureate service which will be held this year on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 PM in the NIHS Auditorium. Come share the reason for our hope this year during Holy Week in Buffalo Center.