To remind you of the many opportunities for worship and reflection this coming week, here’s a quick recap of
March 29 – April 4, 2015
Wednesday, April 1
Noon Chapel Service
11:45 am – 1:00 pm | Chapel
Join us for this final come-and-go opportunity during Lent for prayer, meditation, a moment to yourself — this is your time and you are welcome to spend it in anyway that brings you peace. There is no formal service. However, a minister will be available for prayer and communion. Come when you can, stay for as long as you’d like, and enjoy a reflective break during your midweek workday.
Maundy Thursday — April 2
Maundy Thursday Service
“It Is In Giving That We Receive”
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott
An experiential worship service that will consider two basins: one in which Pilate washes his hands of the crucifixion of Jesus, and the second with which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples.
Simultaneous Children’s Service
“What Does Maundy Mean?”
7:00 pm | Chapel | Mister Mark Burrows
In this special Maundy Thursday Service for children, kids experience a foot washing ritual, receive communion, and hear the Bible story as they walk with Jesus on his final night.
Good Friday — April 3
Labyrinth: It’s Prayer in Motion
11:00 am – 2:00 pm | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Wesley Hall
“A lot of people say you walk the labyrinth in order to ‘lose yourself.’ What if you end up finding yourself? Slow down. Settle down. See what happens.” — Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries
Take time to be aware of the presence of God and enter this ancient Christian sacred space of prayer and reflection and experience the deep sense of calming peace and awareness of God’s grace to guide your inward journey toward Easter. Information and guidance is available; stay for as long as you desire during this special opportunity for contemplative prayer. Click here to learn more about the labyrinth.
Good Friday Services
“It Is In Pardoning that We Are Pardoned”
12:15 | Chapel | Rev. Linda McDermott
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | A meditative service of word and music
Renew your spirit as you prepare for the glory of Easter through this beautiful and moving service on Good Friday. Our own Adoramus ensemble and string quartet will present the breathtaking “Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo.
Simultaneous Evening Children’s Service
“Why Do We Call It Good?”
7:00 pm | Chapel | Mister Mark Burrows
In this very thoughtful Good Friday Children’s Service, we encourage families to experience together one the of the most important, yet challenging stories of our faith. Offering this story in child-appropriate ways that also honor the scriptures, this service presents through scripture and shadow theatre, the story of Jesus’ final day. Children will receive prayer cords, and families will sing and pray together in this powerful yet peaceful night in Leonard Memorial Chapel.
Saturday, April 4
Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Lyle Lodge
7179 Peden Road | Azle, Texas 76020
Enjoy Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Butterfly Release — and more! Complimentary Sliders and Tacos available from the Easy Slider and Taco Food Trucks. For more information click here, or contact Elizabeth Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5086. In case of inclement weather, please check our website.
Easter Sunday — Sunday, April 5
“It Is In Dying That We Are Born To Eternal Life”
8:00 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Scripture: Romans 6:1-11
In perfect complement to our Lenten journey of reckoning and renewal using the Prayer of St. Francis as our guide, we enter the Easter Season of new life following our Lenten journey through the specific challenges of St. Francis’ prayer — turning hatred to love, injury to pardon, doubt to faith, despair to hope, darkness to light, and sadness to joy — seeking to Open to Peace in our own lives and in our world.
In this beautiful Easter morning service, Dr. Tim Bruster will wrap up his powerful Open to Peace Lenten sermon series with Easter’s Ultimate Good News: “It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” This glorious celebration will also feature our own Choral Union with Junior Worship Leader Owen Harvey, a boy soprano soloist, to offer Leonard Bernstein’s affirmative and at times serene “Chichester Psalms,” (honoring the 50th anniversary of this major choral work), accompanied by organ, brass, harp, and percussion.
Note: Because this is a Children First Sunday, nursery only will be available for 8:00 and 11:00 am services; Academy Sunday School classes will resume on April 12.
9:30 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster & Mister Mark Burrows
Hallelujahs and Hymns of Triumph. Lilies and Live Butterflies. And the Great Story of Perfect, All-Powerful Love.
This year at our 9:30 am Easter Sunday Service we will come together for a Family Easter celebration. Just as we fill our sanctuary each December for the Christmas Eve Family service to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we will continue that tradition as we share with our children why that blessed birth matters so much. Music will be similar to the 8:00 and 11:00 services, Dr. Bruster will deliver his Easter message, and our families will enjoy the full celebration together through child-friendly liturgies, hymns, lilies — and live butterflies!