Thursday, March 18, 2010

Local Pastor Plans Passion Week Activities

Easter is a special time for Christians everywhere and Worship Arts Pastor Steven Brooks of Cypress Church is planning eight worship services for the community during Easter week. The Easter season celebrations begin Palm Sunday which is on March 28th. There will be two services at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. The contemporary worship team and praise band will be joined by a string ensemble and horn section in leading the congregation. Palm Sunday will celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. This occasion, which occurred on April 6, 32 AD, was the symbol of Christ as Messiah and King. On that day, in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, Jesus rode into the city on a donkey while the people were crying out: *Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.*

On Tuesday, March 30th the Cypress Church Student Ministries, in conjunction with other area churches, will sponsor Collective Voice Community Worship starting at 6:00 p.m. The focus of this experience will be on Passion Week events climaxing with the victory won by Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. The community is invited to participate in this service and reflect on Christ's journey to the cross. Jesus’ finished work on Calvary allows Christians to experience new life. This new life is available to all who believe in Jesus. Information about Collective Voice is available from Student Ministries Pastor Danny Kugelberg.

Cypress Church will celebrate Maundy Thursday with an evening Communion Service at 7:00 p.m. on April 1st. The theme will be a journey to the Upper Room the night before Jesus went to the cross. The term Maundy, meaning *mandate* or *command,* refers to the new command Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper. The congregation will sit around tables. The Worship Center will be transformed into a Last Supper-esque scene. Music and narration will lead worshippers on a journey to the *Upper Room.*

On Good Friday, April 2nd, the worship service will focus on Christ’s journey from the Upper Room to the Cross. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., this powerful evening will tug at worshipper’s hearts as they remember what God did for everyone through the death of Jesus Christ. The Worship Center will be dark with an occasional candle penetrating the shadows. There will be live music, video presentations and other creative elements.

Sunday, April 4th is Easter Sunday and there will be three Easter Sunday Worship Services at Cypress Church at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. This day will a great celebration as the contemporary choir and praise band lead the congregation in worshiping the Risen Savior. Senior Pastor Mike McKay will present a message about Jesus and His resurrection. There will be uplifting songs of praise as well as some old-favorites. *He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed!* The Cypress Church Children’s Ministry has special activities planned for kids on Easter Sunday. These will include a presentation of the story of Easter, exciting games and an egg hunt.

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The public is invited to participate in all Easter Passion Week activities. Community residents may follow Cypress Church on Facebook and Twitter and the public may also subscribe to the online version of the monthly *Connections* magazine. Additional information is available at (714) 952-3001. The Cypress Church website is located at: The church email is:

Photo Caption: Steven Brooks, the Pastor of Worship Arts at Cypress Church, is planning eight worship services for the community during Easter Passion Week.
Click HERE to view Bible study & teaching from Pastor Mike McKay of Cypress Church.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001

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