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Several traditoinal Hawaiian flower leis adored with green palm leaves on the Easter Sunday cross.

Sunday, April 9

Join us during Holy Week and on Easter morning at 9:30am

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

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A navy blue background with a mondern, contemporary vector image of Jesus' tomb entrance, a boulder rolled to the side, and lines to represent the light that He is Risen.

Easter 
2023

At Easter, United Methodists across the world join with other Christians to celebrate the Risen Christ! 

The journey to Easter begins on Ash Wednesday as we pause to reflect on this holy day of repentence. As we move through the 40 days of Lent, we may choose to praise and worship the Lord; to read the Bible more, and to pray more often, all in preparation for celebrating the most sacred of days.

With Holy Week upon us, we contemplate Jesus' final days on Earth, an intense time of joy, betrayal and mourning, all leading up to the most glorious day when we rejoice in Christ's Resurrection on Easter!

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Sunday, April 2 @ 9:30am

It is important to capture the irony of Palm Sunday (or Passion Sunday.) This is the day on which Jesus entered the city in triumph, but as a part of his journey to the cross; this is the week in which the crowd’s cries of “Hosanna!” would soon turn to “Crucify him!” 

Our Palm Sunday service focuses on Jesus' procession into Jerusalem, with palm leaves handed out to guests as they check in that day. 

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Thursday, April 6 @ 6:00pm

The first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. As recorded in John's gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).

Our evening service will include a similar washing of the feet (or hands) experience, as well as taking part in Holy Communion together. Following the service, we will meet in Holman Hall for a community dinner together (7:00pm) and a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt for keiki (8:00pm).

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Friday, April 7 @ 12:00pm

Good Friday, or Holy Friday as much of the world knows it, proclaims God's purpose of loving and redeeming the world - even in the face of human rejection and cruelty through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is holy and makes us holy because God was drawing the world to God's self in Christ.

This 45 minute service takes guests through the various stations of the cross, and guides you with music and prayer. The service this year will take place at Parker United Methodist Church in Kaneohe. 

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Sunday, April 9 @ 9:30am

The Easter Season is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. We celebrate the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace.

We pack a lot into our Easter morning at Kailua UMC! Our day starts off with the decorating our outdoor cross with various leis and flowers (a great spot for family photos.) Our 9:30-10:30am service is generally pretty well attended by about 200-250 guests, with PreK-5th grade Sunday School available for the many children that day. Starting about 10:45am, our annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the great lawn. We'll have special sections for each age group, including one for babies and toddlers - be sure to bring your own Easter baskets and help your children find their spots. If you don't have lunch plans, we'll have the taco food truck on-site that day, as well as shave ice and our normal complimentary cold brew + beverages in the coolers. We hope you can join us!

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John 
24:1-7

"But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to the hands of sinners and be crucified and on the third day rise again.”

A man sits on the lawn with two young boys after an Easter Egg Hunt in Kailua, Oahu. A woman sits in the background with two children in the shade under the monkey pod trees and flower garden.

Will You be joining us?

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