Welcome to Four Days With Jesus,
our attempt at slowing down to experience the Story.
From shared supper with friends, to accusation,
then conviction and execution—
and the world went silent. Annihilation? Resurrection!
Join us as we listen more carefully and courageously to the this Story, which is the story of us all.
The Communion Table. Reflecting on the Word.
It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the hour had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end. Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. When he had finished, Jesus said to his disciples, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” - John 13
Musical and scriptural reflections on the Passion of Jesus.
We watch Jesus wrestling in the garden.
We witness the trial before Pilate.
We experience the crowd’s cries for crucifixion.
We leave in silence and try to take it all in.
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are being destroyed. But it is the power of God for those of us who are being saved. It is written in scripture: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will reject the intelligence of the intelligent. Where are the wise? Where are the legal experts? Where are today’s debaters? Hasn’t God made the wisdom of the world foolish? - 1 Corinthians 1:18-20
A Service of Shadows: music, words, silence.
From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark.
At about three Jesus cried out with a loud shout,
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Again Jesus cried out with a loud shout. Then he died. - Matthew 27:45-46, 50
Join us for a free, scrumptious breakfast before the service from 10am - 11:15am (courtyard)
In half-hour shifts, we stay with Jesus in the grave and take time to reflect personally on themes from the Silent Saturday service.
Special Family-Focused Time, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” - Matthew 26:36-38
“It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit.”- Desire of Ages, page 83
Together the Community Celebrates an Empty Tomb.
This is the day we sing, we sing, we sing!
Pancake Breakfast served after service
But the angel said to the women, Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here, because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him. Now hurry, go and tell his disciples, “He’s been raised from the dead. He’s going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.” I’ve given the message to you.”- Matthew 28:5-7
Why do we force the fullness of the passion of Jesus into one worship experience each Spring?
This is the question that led us to create Four Days With Jesus. We made a decision to intentionally pause with the supper on Thursday and the execution on Friday. We pause with the wrenching silence of Saturday and ask, what is Jesus doing today? Then, and only then, can we move to Sunday and hope for a new creation