Statewide Holy Week Campaign
With most local churches finding it necessary to offer Holy Week services online, the Michigan Conference will be launching a social media campaign called "Spend Easter at our house!" The campaign will run Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. Targeted Facebook ads in 11 state-wide media markets will guide Michiganders to a conference webpage where local online Lenten services are linked by city. Now is the time to confirm your local church is listed and a link to online worship services is provided.
Please take a moment to confirm your local church is listed correctly by clicking the red button at left. For updates or to add your church, please contact conference communications.
Online Worship Service Resources
Available for download the first week of March.
In an effort to provide support to local churches during Holy Week, the Michigan Conference has produced two services and two Easter Sunday offerings. These services are designed to be downloaded by local churches and offered through their own websites, social media channels, or by email. Or, the services can be downloaded and edited to add custom local church introductions, closes, pastor messages, or other material. Churches can also share the link directly to the conference VIMEO page.
Please contact Conference Communications if you have questions about these offerings.
Maundy Thursday Service
Worship Leader: Bishop David Bard
Liturgist: Charity Ben
Music Director: Parker Garman
Length: 40 minutes
Remembering Christ's final evening in the Upper Room, Bishop Bard calls upon us to open ourselves to God, acknowledging where we have fallen short, and trusting that God loves us – wholly and completely.
Good Friday Service
Worship Leader: Rev. Julie Liske
Liturgists: Raj Wiener, Jay Makowski
Music Director: Eric Strand
Length: 20 minutes
This meditative service faces the crucifixion through art from around the world, accompanied only by piano and scripture texts from Isaiah and John. May this worship bring the forgiveness and freedom God shares with us, so that we may share it in solidarity with the world Christ came to disturb and save.
Children's Easter Service
Worship Leader: Rev. Kathy Pittenger
Length: Estimated 4 minutes
Children's Initiatives Coordinator, Rev. Kathy Pittenger offers an Easter morning children's ministry time. This video is appropriate as a stand alone offering, or can be integrated in a local church Easter service. For those churches interested in producing their own children's message, you can find fully developed scripts and book suggestions here.
Thine Be The Glory is an Easter celebration hymn that transcends time and cultures.
A global choir bringing together over 400 singers from different countries, congregations, and communities – proving that even in the midst of a pandemic we are still united.
A devotional that responds to child hunger
The 2021 Lenten Devotional explores how you can partner with EngageMI to respond to child hunger and food insecurity in light of the global pandemic.
Lenten resources for young people and adults
Resources available for youth leaders and families with youth to use during the Lenten and Easter seasons.
Lenten resources for families
Lent and Holy Week are significant moments in the life of the church and for our children and families. As ministry continues to look different in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these resources are designed for church leaders and families to use in a variety of settings. This toolbox includes a Children's Easter Service, Lent in a Box, Holy Week in a Box, articles, ideas, resources and more.
Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Lenten Calendar
A daily calendar featuring resources that include a collection of activities, quotes, books, videos, etc. for our Lenten journey through the lens of what it means to actively engage in the work of anti-bias/anti-racism.
Recursos de Cuaresma Para Crear Cambios
Resources for creating change from our Hispanic/Latino Ministries
A spirit filled journey through the Psalms
An intergenerational, spirit-filled, invitational, reflective daily devotional journey through the Psalms.
Copyright free music
The Revs. Yohan Go and Juhee Lee of the New England Conference worked with musicians to record 47 songs and make them available on Google Drive for any church that needs music to use freely.
COVID Safe Ash Wednesday
In anticipation of the beginning of Lent, February 17, we offer recommendations for safe Ash Wednesday services. For the health of your worship team and of those whom you are imparting ashes to please download and read this document.