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Lakeside churches galvanized for Easter observances

The Little Chapel

The interdenominational congregation of The Little Chapel by The Lake will observe Palm Sunday (April 13) with their regular schedule of activities.

Refreshments and fellowship will be shared with the congregation of Christ Church Lakeside at 10:45 a.m.

The 11:15 a.m. morning worship service will include a message delivered by Rev. Gene Raymer and the observance of The Lord’s Supper.

“We want to take a look at some of the people Jesus encountered when He came to Jerusalem and their approach to religion. I believe the congregation will especially enjoy the ‘Home Depot fanatics,’” says Raymer. “Our communion is an open service; we welcome all believers to join in the observance.”

The Little Chapel by the Lake is an interdenominational congregation which welcomes all believers. The church is located on the mountain side of the Carretera just east of the Chula Vista Golf Course.    

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Holy Week, commemorating the last week of Christ’s life, begins with the Sunday of the Passion, formerly known as Palm Sunday. The two morning services are combined into a single 10 a.m. service starting with the Palm Sunday Liturgy in the Garden Columbarium and then processing into the church for the traditional reading of the Passion and death of Jesus. Fr. Winston Welty’s Sunday sermon titled “Who Is This?” looks at the many roles played by Jesus. There will be a time of refreshment, fellowship and welcome in the garden following the Palm Sunday service.

The 5 p.m. Maundy Thursday service remembers the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. Another Holy Week service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday so that the congregation can keep watch at His betrayal, mock-trial, and execution.  Everyone is invited to come to walk the Way of the Cross together.

The final session of the seven-part Lenten Bible study, “A Fresh Look at the Lord’s Prayer,” will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the old office building. 

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church is located at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.


Pastor Ross Arnold’s April 13 sermon at the 10 a.m. Palm Sunday service will be “The Willing Sacrifice.” One of the important elements of the Easter story is the fact that Jesus not only died for our sins – he came into the world and lived his entire life knowing he would be called upon to sacrifice himself. When the time came, he did so willingly, more signs of his great love for us.

Visitors are welcome to attend the worship service and the fellowship and refreshment time which follows.

Additional Holy Week services include the April 17 Maundy Thursday Communion Service, in recognition of the Last Supper event and Jesus’ command (“maundatum”) to the disciples that they should love one another as he had loved them.

The Presbyterians join in the Good Friday Tenebrae at 3 p.m. on April 18. This “service of darkness” commemorates the sacrifice of Jesus on the day of his death.

Lakeside Presbyterian Church is in Riberas del Pilar, on the mountain side of the Carretera, between S&S Auto and Vigolari.

San Andrés English

Those attending the 9 a.m. English Mass on Sunday, April 13 celebrated by Fr. Basil C. Royston are reminded to wear red, the liturgical color of the day, and to bring palms or other branches to the service where they will be blessed and carried in the procession. The service will include the reading of the Passion Sunday liturgy.

The noon Wednesday Lenten Mass continues this week, followed by the last Bible study discussion group. Friday, members of the congregation will meet at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary on the north side of the Ajijic plaza for the 3 p.m. Solemn Liturgy of the Passion.

The Easter Sunday Mass of Celebration will be held in English at 9 a.m. in El Templo de San Andrés in Ajijic. Those attending are reminded to bring bells to celebrate and ring in the season of Easter.

Christ Church

The Liturgy of the Palms at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 13 will include a procession and the Liturgy of the Word with a responsive reading of the Passion of Jesus according to Matthew, followed by the Holy Eucharist, Rite II. Fr. Danny Borkowski’s message topic is “The Son of the Father,” based on the Passion narrative.

The Maundy Thursday, April 17, 4:30 p.m. service will feature the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, commemorating the Last Supper and the institution of the Holy Eucharist, and the washing of the feet. Borkowski’s message topic is “The Greatest Commandment,” based on the account of the Last Supper John. 

The Good Friday Liturgy on Friday, April 18, 2 p.m. includes a responsive reading of the Passion of Jesus according to John. Christ Church Warden Jim Powers will present a sermon from the standpoint of the Roman centurion mentioned in the Gospels. The service will continue with the solemn collects and the veneration of the cross.

All services will be held at The Little Chapel by the Lake, Carretera 10 in Chula Vista.

Christ Church will join members of The Little Chapel by the Lake for a Sunrise Easter Service to be held at about 7:30 a.m. on April 10. The Easter Eucharist and the blessing of the Paschal Candle will be included in the 10:30 a.m. service.

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