Lent, Holy Week, and Easter
Lenten Study Groups
“Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess”
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., beginning February 21, Room 422
“Sometimes our lives are in such disarray we can’t envision a way through to redemption. But when we look at the mess through the eyes of Christ, we not only find redemption, we can clearly see spiritual restoration.” In “Restored”, author Tom Berlin encourages us to reflect and meditate through our own brokenness, showing us that it is only when we focus on the cross as a place to surrender control that we can leave our mess and find true redemption. Facilitated by Don Pollard. Books available online or contact the church office to have a book ordered for a $10 donation.
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., beginning February 21, Library
This study will be based on one developed by the UMC General Commission on Religion and Race: “To resist racism we must learn new information (knowledge/mindset), engage our willingness to make change (will/heartset), and do the tangible work of disrupting and dismantling racism (action/skillset).” For information and to RSVP, contact Carol Allums.
Speaking of Sin
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., beginning February 21, Room 420
Led by our Candler interns Kristen Wright and Connor Bell, this study will take a new, fresh look at the topic of sin through the book "Speaking of Sin." All are welcome. Contact Rev. Brent Huckaby.
Maundy Thursday Service
Join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Ward Fellowship Hall for a service that marks the beginning of the great Easter celebration. In the gospel according to John, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet and ordains the Lord’s Supper with the words, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Worship will be led by The Gathering and communion will be celebrated. Childcare provided.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary for a somber and reflective service of prayer, song, and Scripture readings. In this service of Tenebrae, or “Darkness,” fourteen readings from the Gospel according to John are read, and a candle is extinguished after each. The darkness slowly grows and the congregation departs in silence, meditating on the passion of Christ. Childcare provided.
Saturday Easter Vigil
7:30 p.m. outside the Sanctuary. Through what is traditionally called the Paschal Triduum, the Church remembers and celebrates Christ’s last meal with his disciples, his crucifixion, and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Great Easter Vigil is an ancient service that normally took place between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Morning. Join us in remembrance of the Lord’s Passover.
We invite all ages to bring a few buds of fresh flowers - whether from a blooming tree at home or a special Easter gift - to decorate the Easter Cross.
7:15 a.m. - Sunrise Service
Join with our Emory Wesley Fellowship students and The Gathering on the front lawn for a short service (about 30 minutes) that will "tell the old, old Story" through song, Scripture, meditation, and prayer as we greet the rising of the sun.
8:30 a.m. - Worship
A traditional Easter service in the Sanctuary that joyfully celebrates the resurrection of Christ and features the Chancel Choir. The service ends with an invitation for members of the congregation to join in singing Handel’s magnificent “Hallelujah Chorus.”
9:15 a.m. - Easter Brunch and Sing-a-long
All are invited to the Ward Hall for a special time of fellowship, food, and song. Bring your favorite brunch treat to share (no nuts please). Easter crafts will be available for children.
10:30 a.m. - Special Music begins
A half hour of sacred pre-service music is provided by Dr. Timothy Albrecht, Glenn and Emory University Organist, accompanied by trumpeters and timpanists.
11:00 a.m. - Worship
A traditional Easter service in the Sanctuary that joyfully celebrates the resurrection of Christ and features the Chancel Choir accompanied by trumpeters and timpanists. The service ends with an invitation for members of the congregation to join in singing Handel’s magnificent “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Childcare provided at all services except the sunrise service.