Ash Wednesday is the name given to the first day of the season of Lent, in which ashes are applied to the foreheads of Christians to signify an inner repentance. At Metropolitan we offer services at 7:30am, Noon* and 7:30pm with the imposition of ashes and the celebration of Holy Communion. *Wesley Campus, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Maundy Thursday is observed during Holy Week on the Thursday before Easter. Also referred to as "Holy Thursday" or "Great Thursday" in some Christian denominations, Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. In contrast to joyful Easter celebrations when Christians worship their resurrected Savior, Maundy Thursday services are typically more solemn occasions, marked by the shadow of Jesus' betrayal. Worship is at 7:30 pm.
Good Friday: The Seven Last Words
Jesus Christ made seven final statements during his last hours on the cross. These phrases are held dear by followers of Christ because they offer a glimpse into the depth of his suffering to accomplish redemption. Recorded in the Gospels between the time of his crucifixion and his death, they reveal his divinity as well as his humanity. Join us from Noon to 3pm on Good Friday to hear 7 different preachers walk us through those seven last words of Jesus on the Cross.
In the evening of Good Friday, we offer a service of readings and diminishing lights. Scripture is read, candles are extinguished and the Sanctuary is emptied. We listen to songs of sorrow and love. After a sermon, we are invited to hammer a nail into the cross to symbolize the releasing of our sins and/or we may light a candle as a reminder of the hope promised through Christ's act of selfless love. We depart in silence. Worship is at 7:30pm with music by the Dayspring Choir.
As a church committed to exploring our diversity through a wide-variety of worship, we offer occasion services throughout the liturgical year, such as Healing, Taize, and lay-led worship exploring what it means to be 21st century Christians.