Palm Sunday – the Sunday before Easter – commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, before the tide rapidly turned, leading to his crucifixion five days later. Churches traditionally start their Palm Sunday services with a procession by the congregation carrying palms, woven crosses and other symbols.
In keeping with tradition, that’s how we’ll be kicking off our 11am service this Sunday, 29 March, gathering in the garden before processing into the church. But that’s just the start of a rather unusual Palm Sunday at St Luke’s.
Morning worship will be a service with a difference. A large part of it will be handed over to Andrew Harrison, a talented professional actor in our congregation, for a special performance. We’re not quite sure what Andy is planning, but we know from experience that it will be moving, powerful and thought-provoking.
In the evening, there’ll be another memorable performance: the latest extravaganza from our resident community choir, Vox Holloway. Overseen by Justin Butcher, musical director at St Luke’s, the choir will be performing the world premiere of The City In The Sea, and the first London performance of Ona’s Flood by Harvey Brough.
The City In The Sea is a new setting of a suite of poems by various writers on the theme of Submerged Cities. Ona’s Flood is the story of a young girl who has a premonition of a modern day flood, and the piece focuses on the effect humankind has on our environment.
Vox Holloway ( http://voxholloway.com/ ) will be joined for this special event by guest soloists, an ensemble of 16 musicians, and children’s choirs from two local schools. Tickets cost £13 (conc £8) and are expected to sell out quickly, so get yours now from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/onas-flood-tickets-16073595557. The door and bar open at 7pm, and the performance starts at 7.30pm.