The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents 

“COULD YOU NOT STAY AWAKE WITH ME ONE HOUR?”

The tradition of an Overnight Vigil on Maundy Thursday comes from Jesus' question "Could you not keep awake one hour?" to his disciples, who fell asleep as he prayed in the Garden at Gethsemane before his arrest, trial, and crucifixion.

During the Thursday evening service, 7pm on April 18th, the "reserve sacrament" will be taken into the chapel and placed on the Altar of Repose. You are invited to sign up for an hour to “keep watch” over the Host through the night until we bring the sacrament back into the church on Good Friday for the noon service. The sign-up sheet for our overnight vigil will be available in the Narthex beginning Sunday, March 31st.  

God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils

is the theme for our Adult Forums in Lent. It is based on the recent book by theologian Thomas Jay Oord. On the five Sundays of Lent we will be exploring the five themes from Oord’s book: God Can’t Prevent Evil, God Feels Our Pain, God Works to Heal, God Squeezes Good from Bad, and God Needs Our Cooperation. You can purchase this text from Amazon.com.  

Worship and Program Schedule for Lent and Holy Week


14 Thu 05:30 pm 1st Lenten Program

17 Sun 09:30 am 2nd Sunday in Lent

10:30 am Fellowship & Adult Forum: “God Feels Our Pain”

21 Thu 05:30 pm 2nd Lenten Program

24 Sun 09:30 am 3rd Sunday in Lent

10:30 am Fellowship & Adult Forum: “God Works to Heal”

28 Thu 05:30 pm 3rd Lenten Program

31 Sun 09:30 am 4th Sunday in Lent

10:30 am Fellowship & Adult Forum: “God Squeezes Good from Bad” 

Apr. 4 Thu 05:30 pm 4th Lenten Program

6 Sat 04:00 pm Classical and Gospel Spring Concert

7 Sun 09:30 am 5th Sunday in Lent

10:30 am Fellowship & Adult Forum: “God Needs Our Cooperation”

11 Thu 05:30 pm 5th Lenten Program

14 Sun 09:30 pm Passion/Palm Sunday

18 Thu 07:30 pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy with Music and Choir

Overnight Watch

19 Fri 12:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy with Music and Choir

21 Sun 06:00 am Easter Morning Sunrise Service on the Beach Pearl Street Pavilion

09:30 am Easter Morning Main Liturgy with Music and Choir  

Joining Jesus On His Mission: How to Be an Everyday Missionary

is the theme for our Lenten Program this year. We will move beyond living our lives for Jesus to living our lives with Jesus. Simple, powerful and applicable insights show us how to be on mission and recognize where Jesus is already at work in our neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. Copies of this text will be available for the program.


Our evening Lenten programs begin with a Pot Luck Supper together, followed by brief presentations on the book “Joining Jesus On His Mission” by Lutheran Pastor, Greg Finke; discussions; and fun, experiential activities for all. Each evening finishes with praying Compline together. We will use the liturgy from our Prayer Books and Celtic Compline liturgies as well.  


 The first Pot Luck Dinner is hosted by Hospitality. We supply the turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. You bring whatever you like to go with it. After that you bring whatever suits your fancy. Maundy Thursday, Daughters of the King are host and they serve soup and salad and then we are off to church. See you there!

Suzette Whiting