My church asked a number of photographers within the congregation to discreetly document moments of our journey together during Holy Week.  I documented the Maundy Thursday service and one of our Easter Sunday morning services.

MAUNDY THURSDAY

The Maundy Thursday service is very quiet, solemn, contemplative and dimly lit.  So it presented a number of photographic challenges.  The lighting was fairly atrocious and pushed the limits of my camera and lenses. Though, the bigger challenge, I thought, was making sure that I wasn’t distracting while documenting this very intense service. 

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The middle section of the Maundy Thursday liturgy includes foot washing.  These women were in line waiting for their turn to wash each other’s feet.  As I understand it, it’s a symbol of servanthood and humility.  We follow Jesus’s example from the last supper when he washed his disciples’ feet.

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I love this image of this little girl in our church washing her big brother’s feet.  I think this is something my children should do for each other next year at the Maundy Thursday service.  Or maybe I should just implement it the next time they start fighting with each other…

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This is an image from the Maundy Thursday Eucharist

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Images of the worship during the Eucharist.  We have an amazingly talented worship team at our church.

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EASTER SUNDAY

Our church is currently a mobile church.  Which means that we don’t have a church building, though we are hoping to buy land within the next year.  For the time being, we meet in a local highschool auditorium.  It presents plenty of liturgical challenges, but the liturgical arts team does an excellent job of turning this highschool stage into a worship space.

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Eucharist on Easter Sunday Morning — much brighter (though still challenging photographic lighting!)  As you can see, the vestments have changed from red to white.

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The congregation receiving the Eucharist

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While the congregation receives communion, the worship band plays songs and the congregation sings.  Every week this little guy loves to climb the stage stairs and sit and watch the worship band.  He’s fascinated with the music.  Side note — he was baptized in the same Easter Vigil service as our youngest son.  Hard to believe but that was already 2 years ago.

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During our Easter worship services we really get into celebrating Christ’s resurrection.  After the Eucharist is finished, the children run and dance to the worship songs and wave banners.  It’s something they look forward to all year long.

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They start waving the banners as toddlers

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And the highschoolers join in too — often shepherding the younger children.

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Alleluia — The Lord is Risen indeed!!

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