Live Jesus’s story this Holy Week and Easter and bring about renewed hope, love, justice, peace, and mutuality.

Through your participation, you can strengthen community and join the many women, men, and siblings who seek to live the resurrection, despite division, violence, and injustice. In fact, as post-Easter Christians, we can bring about a different reality as Jesus’s unjust execution was not the end, but the beginning of a movement that persists to bring about God’s kin-dom. 

This Holy Week and Easter, join us as we break bread, mark Jesus’s death, and celebrate his resurrection through transformational worship and direct action.

Saturday, March 27, Outdoor, Drive-Through Palm Sunday and Easter Activities for the whole church family

10:00 – 11:30 AM at the University Presbyterian Church parking lot off Shook Ave.

Join in a fun-filled intergenerational event for the whole family as we redefine Palm Sunday, Easter Egg Hunts, and Fellowship. 

The whole church family is invited for a 10:00 am Children’s Story, an alternative egg hunt, and to-go crafts. Children will be able to take their craft home, along with a booklet about Palm Sunday and their palm branch. For this event, we chose Ecopalms to promote environmental and social justice in our distribution of palms. 

Or drive through the UPC parking lot, 300 Bushnell Avenue (the parking lot is off Shook) and pick up Ecopalms and individually wrapped decorated cross-shaped sugar cookies anytime during the hour and a half.  To-go Easter baskets will also be available at the drive-through.

 

Sunday, March 28, Palm Sunday

8:00 am In-Peron Social Distancing Service on the grass under the oak at the corner of Bushnell and Shook Avenue. Pastor Dries will share a reflection, and we will embrace Palm Sunday’s events through silence and meditation.  While we cannot avoid COVID risk, we can minimize it by an ethical commitment to community well-being. We will be wearing masks and practicing physical distancing.

10:00 am Virtual Palm Sunday Service streamed on YouTube or Zoom with a sermon from Pastor Dries as we contemplate Palm Sunday’s relevance for today.  

11:00 am Gather among the Easter Community for a time of Fellowship, Joys, and Concerns as we continue to celebrate Easter amid community on Zooom.

One Great Hour of Sharing

On Palm Sunday, we support the One Great Hour of Sharing. In a world of disaster, hunger, and oppression, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. One Great Hour of Sharing supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope. This year the Deacons encourage us all to support One Great Hour of Sharing in lieu of buying an Easter lily.  Donate Here.

 

Thursday, April 1, Virtual Maundy Thursday Service

 6:30 pm with gathering music at 6:00 pm. Registration is required

True Vine Church, The Interfaith Community Action Network, and University Presbyterian Church will join for a Maundy Thursday virtual worship service. As we commemorate the Last Supper and Jesus washing his disciple’s feet, we will engage a racially segregated San Antonio and proclaim that God’s gracious love and abiding presence know no bounds. 

The service will include short messages from church leaders, prayer, liturgy, music, and breakout room discussions as we get to know our siblings, break down division, and experience the presence of God.

Register in advance for this meeting here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Support a local black-owned restaurant for a Maundy Thursday Meal

We are partnering with a local black-owned restaurant, Honey Badger BBQ, for a Maundy Thursday Meal. Please click the link to order your meal.  

Orders must be placed by Monday 3/29 and picked up Thursday 4/1 between 3 pm – 5 pm at True Vine Church 1357 Rice Rd, San Antonio, 78220. 

One or two meat selections. All meals come w/ 2 sides- Badger Beans (seasoned w/ pork) & a salad. Please indicate if a substitution or non-meat option is needed.

 

Friday, April 2, Good Friday Service, 6:30 pm at UPC

Take a stance for non-violence as we follow the example of Jesus.  Killed unjustly by the systems of domination of his day, he persisted by resisting violence.  As followers of the Way, we participate in the realization of God’s infinite economy of grace. Join us as we acknowledge First Peoples and worship through non-violent music, spoken word, and meditation. 

While we cannot avoid COVID risk, we can minimize it by an ethical commitment to community well-being. For your safety, the service will be conducted outside on the grass facing Bushnell, in front of the UPC Sanctuary. We will be wearing masks and practicing physical distancing.

 

 

Easter Sunday, April 4

8:00 am In-Person Outdoor Physical Distancing Service

Resurrection happened in the silence of the early morning. Unlike popular culture makes us believe, the resurrection was not announced by loud organ music and trumpet fanfare in a church, but by an angel to fear-filled woman in a garden. Join us to contemplate in silence and meditation what it means to be an Easter People that persist in the ways of Jesus. While we cannot avoid COVID risk, we can minimize it by an ethical commitment to community well-being. For your safety, the service will be conducted outside on the grass facing Bushnell, in front of the UPC Sanctuary. We will be wearing masks and practicing physical distancing.

10:00 am Virtual Zoom and YouTube Service

We gather in thankfulness as the Last Supper was not the last meal or the last word. For Jesus’s disciples, resurrection provided new hope as it shattered human limitation and captured the imagination of women, siblings, and men. Join us virtually on YouTube or Zoom to contemplate what it means to be an Easter People.  

11:00 am Virtual Fellowship

Gather among the Easter Community for a time of Fellowship, Joys, and Concerns as we continue to celebrate Easter amid community.

 

 

New This Year

Alternative Stations of the Cross

Have you ever wandered the UPC campus in the sheer delight of the beauty that surrounds us and the many blessings that God bestows on us? Throughout Holy Week participate in a self-guided alternative Stations of the Cross as you stop and pause for prayer at some thin-places on the UPC Campus. On Palm Sunday, we will make a link available on our website to download a pdf document that will take you on a journey of prayer throughout the UPC campus. Included at each station will be a prayer for meditation and some practical suggestions to bring about transformative changes in your life. 

While we cannot avoid COVID risk, we can minimize it by an ethical commitment to community well-being. For your safety, we invite you to wear a mask, bring your own camping chair (in case you want to sit in contemplation) and to practice physical distancing if you are around other people when visiting the UPC campus.  At certain hours of the day, some stations might not be available for the safety of UPCC staff and children.