An Invitation for Lent and Easter
THE SEASON OF LENT, which begins on Ash Wednesday, is the forty-day period of the church year during which Christians dedicate themselves to deepening their faith and their spiritual commitments. The last week of the Lenten season is called Holy Week and includes Palm/Passion Sunday, which marks Jesus’ final journey to the cross; Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; and Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion. The culmination of Lent is Easter, when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus – the victory of our God over sin and death for us. Please join us in our observations of the special days of Lent and in our Easter celebration.
SPECIAL WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES DURING LENT
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT, April 7, 8:30 a.m., Worship in Chapel. 11:00 a.m., Worship in Sanctuary includes Requiem by John Rutter. Worship leaders include the First Church Chancel Choir and soloists, accompanied by organist Antoinette Anglin and orchestra.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
PALM SUNDAY, April 14, 8:30 a.m., Children’s Palm Processional, Worship in Chapel. 11:00 a.m., Children’s Palm Processional, Worship in Sanctuary. 12:20 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt.
MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 18, 6:15 p.m., Dinner in Stanton Hall (reservations required). 7:30 p.m., Worship in Sanctuary includes Sacrament of Holy Communion.
GOOD FRIDAY, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Worship in Sanctuary (Tenebrae) This moving service follows a tradition of the early church dating back to the eighth century by remembering with scripture and music the final hours of Christ’s life as he prepared for death and suffered on the cross.
EASTER/RESURRECTION OF THE LORD, April 21, Greening of the Cross (prior to each service), 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m., Worship in the Sanctuary. Both services include music of the season presented by the Chancel Choir and the SYMPHONICITY Brass Quintet.