Holy Week is April 5-12, 2020

The week before Easter is the perfect time to learn more about Jesus – what he did, why his life matters, and why you should pay attention to what he teaches.

You’re invited to four special services to help you experience Jesus and his importance to you.

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, crowds celebrated Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. They were shouting praises because they had heard about him healing the sick, accepting all classes of people, and even raising the dead.

But some people in power felt threatened by the changes Jesus was bringing – and they were determined to put a stop to them.

We celebrate Palm Sunday
April 5 at 9:30 a.m.


The Last Supper

Maybe you've seen paintings of The Last Supper.

Thursday (April 9) is the anniversary of what those paintings depict.

At his last meal, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, setting an example of humility that he asked them to follow. He asked his followers to remember him when they ate bread and drank wine. And he gave them a new command, to love one another.

We celebrate Maundy Thursday
April 9 at 6:30 p.m.

It is finished

Everything that seemed so hopeful on Palm Sunday ended in the most horrible and painful way possible on Friday.

Jesus’ enemies, threatened by the changes he was bringing to society, had Jesus tortured and crucified.

Earlier, Jesus had told his disciples that God would use his death for something good. But when he died, they were devastated.

We celebrate Good Friday
April 10 at 7:30 p.m.


Easter flower

On Easter, women went to Jesus’ tomb to grieve and to honor his life by adding spices to his body.

To their surprise, the tomb was empty and they heard, “He is not here, but has risen.”

Easter celebrates the hope we have that no matter how bad things look in the moment, God can make all things new.

We celebrate Easter
April 12 at 9:30 a.m.


You are welcome to our services during Holy Week

La Jolla Lutheran Church
7111 La Jolla Blvd

If you're in San Diego, you're welcome to join us for the services of Holy Week.

On Palm Sunday, April 5, our worship begins outside in the patio at 9:30 a.m. We will walk from there into the church sanctuary as a way to remember the crowd walking with Jesus when he arrived at Jerusalem.

On Thursday, April 9, we meet for worship at 6:30 p.m. The service focuses on how Jesus asked to be remembered with bread and wine, two common elements of the Passover celebration.

On Good Friday, April 10, a memorable worship service begins at 7:30 p.m. We will read the Bible accounts of Jesus' death on a cross while gradually extinguishing lights. The service ends in darkness, and participants are invited to walk past 14 abstract paintings referencing the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross as they exit. This is one of the most impactful services of the year.

On Sunday, April 12, we celebrate Easter with festival worship at 9:30 a.m. We'll hear the surprising message that no matter how bad things seem, God can make all things new.

Following the beautiful service there will be an Easter Egg hunt for kids.

Here's a quick summary:

Palm Sunday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
Easter, April 12, 9:30 a.m.

About La Jolla Lutheran Church

Our mission statement is simple: We follow Jesus. When you arrive, you'll find kids, parents, and grandparents, all worshiping together in one extended family.

Our worship service is at 9:30 a.m. Kids are invited to worship with us and then go to Sunday School after the children's message. Worship is followed by coffee at 10:45 and Bible Study at 11:05.

Pastor Mark is the author of How to Pray for Healing (and what to do if nothing happens). His messages on Sunday will help you understand the Bible and your part in God's great plan.


Visit La Jolla Lutheran Church
7111 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, California, 92037

Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Palm Sunday (April 5) 9:30 am
Maundy Thursday (April 9) 6:30 pm
Good Friday (April 10) 7:30 pm
Easter (April 12) 9:30 am

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