Category: Worship

Holy Week

This Sunday (4/17) begins our Holy Week march to Easter Sunday. Palm or Passion Sunday worship begins outside (weather permitting) on the front lawn with the blessing of the palms and the reading of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem in Matthew 21:1-11. We will then sing the processional hymn as we go inside the church to worship, waving our palm branches in the air as we go just as those who greeted Jesus on that day. This worship service has the reading of the passion narrative from the Gospel of Matthew.

Holy Week will also have many other worship services. Maundy Thursday service (6:30pm 4/21) will include Holy Communion and will conclude with the stripping of the altar. Good Friday service (6:30 4/22) will include several scripture readings of the last hours of Jesus on the cross and prayers for the whole of the church.

This year we will have a Saturday prayer vigil at 6:30pm on 4/23. This will be a contemplative time of prayer and meditation with scripture and hymns.

Easter Sunday worship will be at 11:00am on 4/24. This year, in celebration of and thanksgiving for the Resurrection of our Lord, we will present an Easter cantata entitled: What Wondrous Love. This is an original compostion by members of Shepherd of the Hills which includes the scriptural account of the resurrection and beautiful music to illustrate these texts.

Before the Easter worship service we will have a congregational breakfast at 9:30am. Please come join us!

There is a community Easter Sunrise service in the cemetary of Cullowhee Baptist Church on the campus of WCU at 7:00am

If you have any questions, please call the church office at 828-586-2084

Events this week at Shepherd of the Hills

We have several activities happening at the church this week!

+ WEDNESDAY is our final soup supper at 5:30pm followed by our final Lenten worship at 6:30.  Come and share a meal and find out what happens to Jonah!

 +SATURDAY 4/16 is our Annual Congregational Formal hosted by LCM.   This is our annual congregational “prom” organized by the students of Lutheran Campus Ministry for the congregation of Shepherd of the Hills. This is one of the ways LCM says ‘thank you’ for the help and support given all year long. Please plan to come!! It begins at 7pm on Saturday, April 16th. Our theme this year is The Old West so if you like, feel free to come dressed in a western style! (this means Blue Jeans qualify as formal for this Formal!)

 +PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP  This Sunday is Palm Sunday which begins the observance of Holy Week. We begin worship outside (weather permitting) and process into the sanctuary waving palm branches and singing.

Additionally, the choir will continue to prepare for the Easter Cantata with rehearsal on Wednesday evening after worship. There is also a council meeting on Friday afternoon.

If you have additional questions, please email or call the church:  shepherdofthehills@dnet.net   828.586.2084