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9:00 a.m. — Sunday School and Adult Bible Study

10:30 a.m. — Divine Service with Holy Communion

Map of 2241 S Jefferson Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2237

Our parking lot is accessible behind the church from Armand or Shenandoah.

(314) 776-1274

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Holy Week

While so much of our culture emphasizes Christmas, for Christians, the most important holiday is in fact Easter.  However, even here there is more to it than that.  While theologians sometimes discuss Jesus death on Good Friday and His resurrection on Easter as separate events, really they all go together.  Jesus’ death would be just another death if He did not rise from the dead, and His resurrection would have been impossible without His death.  When Jesus died, He earned our redemption by suffering for us, when He rose, He sealed His victory and gave eternal life to all who believe.

Added to this, it the celebration of Holy or Maundy Thursday.  This celebration is vital, because here Jesus provided us with the means of receiving the fruits of His immanent death and resurrection, through His body and blood.  In fact, if you look at the historic liturgies for these days, they all fit together.  Technically, the Holy/Maundy Thursday service does not have a benediction, so it really doesn’t end.  The Good Friday service neither starts with an invocation nor ends with a benediction, therefore it is without beginning or end.  The purpose of this is so that we can see the celebrations of Holy/Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter as they should be – just one prolonged commemoration of Jesus’ passion and victory over sin, death, and the devil.

In light of this, please remember these events.  Here at Emmaus, we will hold our Holy/Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 6 PM on April 17 and 18.  Then we will celebrate our Lord’s resurrection on Sunday, April 20 at 10:30.  Please join us in this most important time of the year.

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