Time to Encounter Grace During Holy Week

By March 20, 2018

This season of Lent has been preparing you to journey with Jesus through Holy Week.

We have been listening for grace everywhere — even in small, quiet, hidden places. During Holy Week, we will encounter grace in deeply profound ways — ways that are sometimes even painful and uncomfortable. But the week will prepare your spirit to experience the incredible triumph of Easter more completely than if you let Holy Week pass you by.

Holy Week invites each of us to meet Jesus for his final days.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and the beginning of Jesus’ journey to the cross. It recalls Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and we join the crowds waving palm branches and singing “hosanna” to Jesus.

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday invites us to eat with Jesus on the night before his arrest and hear his commandment to love one another. Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.”

Good Friday

Good Friday remembers God’s act of love and redemption by Jesus’ death on the cross. We can really only call it “good” because of hindsight, knowing that it is a moment that set things in place for the resurrection.

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is the final day of Lent. On the first Holy Saturday, there was really fear among Jesus’ followers, so it is an important practice for us to have a time of silence to share the reality of grief with the first followers.


Easter is the day that defines our faith as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Having walked with Jesus through the suffering, pain, and anguish of the week, the celebration of Easter is filled with even more hope and joy. On Easter Sunday, we proclaim that the tomb was found empty. We encounter the glory of God’s victory over sin and death, reminding us that there is nothing bigger or more powerful than God’s redeeming love.

Holy Week at FUMCFW:

We hope that you will take the time to experience the power and depth of this most important week.

The services at FUMCFW are designed to invite you into the solemn power of Jesus’ final days. They challenge you to face the beauty of God’s love met by brokenness and suffering. But that experience will prepare you to fully receive the glorious, abundant grace of a triumphant Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25
“Grace is Transformation”
Sixth in the series Listen for Grace
Special music by Children’s Choir, Choral Union, and Fifth Street Bells

Holy Week Chapel Communion Services

March 26, 27 & 28
11:45 am – 1:15 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel

Special music will be provided to enhance this come-and-go time as you partake in the Communion elements and meditate.

Family Maundy Thursday Dinner & Service

Thursday, March 29
5:30 pm | Dinner | Room 350
6:15 pm | Worship | Chapel | Mister Mark Burrows
“What Does Maundy Mean?”

In this unique Maundy Thursday service for children, kids will experience a foot-washing ritual, receive Communion, and hear the Bible story as they walk with Jesus on his final night. Donations for dinner are accepted but not required.

Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, March 29
7:00 – 8:00 pm | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott
“Grace is Undeserved”

This service of worship will move us through remembering the evening on which Jesus gathered with his disciples for their final meal together, a time of deep anguish for Jesus as he faced betrayal and execution. Worship will begin in the Sanctuary to set the stage, move to an experiential service of Holy Communion in Wesley Hall, and conclude with scripture reading and singing in the Garden.

Noon Good Friday Service

Friday, March 30
Noon – 1:00 pm | Sanctuary | Dr. Mike Marshall
“Grace is Complete”

At noon, the Sanctuary sets the tone for this beautiful and meditative time of worship. Hymns, prayers, and a brief meditation will guide us through experiencing this deeply moving day in the Christian year. Special music by Robert Stovall.

Family Good Friday Dinner & Service

Friday, March 30
5:30 pm | Dinner | Room 350
6:15 pm | Worship | Wesley Hall | Mister Mark Burrows
“Why Do We Call It Good Friday? It Doesn’t Sound Very Good to Me.”

This service encourages families to experience together one of the most important, yet challenging, stories of our faith. Offering this story in child-appropriate ways, through scripture and shadow theatre, this service presents the story of Jesus’ final day. Children will receive prayer cords, and families will sing and pray together in this powerful yet peaceful evening service.

Adoramus Good Friday Evening Service

Friday, March 30
7:00 – 9:00 pm | Sanctuary

Adoramus Chamber Choir will perform choral works that allow the worshipper to prepare for the darkness of the crucifixion as well as enter into the patient wait of the Risen Lord on Easter. Adoramus sets the tone for a moving experience of worship. Experience this deep, contemplative presentation as we arrive at the end of the Lenten Season.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31
10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Lyle Lodge
7179 Peden Road | Azle, Texas 76020

Enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a butterfly release — and more! Complimentary sliders, tacos, and pizza will be available from food trucks. In case of inclement weather, please check our website for more information.

Easter Sunday Traditional Worship

Sunday, April 1
“Grace is Personal”
Seventh in the series Listen for Grace
8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

On this glorious Sunday morning, Dr. Bruster will culminate his “Listen for Grace” series with his message on the personal, transformational nature of God’s grace. Come experience the glory of the resurrection and have your hearts filled with joy and holiness this Easter morning!

Other Easter Worship Offerings


7:15 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Worship | Chapel | Charme Robarts

The Gathering

9:30 am | Wesley Hall | 11:00 am | Room 350 | Rev. Lance Marshall

eleven:eleven celebration

11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

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