Holy Week 2016

By March 17, 2016Lent, Programs and Events

To remind you of the many opportunities for worship and reflection this coming week, here’s a quick recap of

Holy Week

March 21 – 27, 2016

Maundy Thursday — Thursday, March 24 

Children’s Maundy Thursday Dinner & Service

Thursday, March 24
5:30 pm | Dinner | Room 350
6:15 pm | Worship | Leonard Memorial Chapel
“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 accepted but not required.

Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, March 24
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

This service of worship will move us through remembering the evening on which Jesus gathered with his disciples for their final meal together. We will begin with a beautiful service of worship in the sanctuary, proceed to a beautiful and moving experiential service of Holy Communion in Wesley Hall, and conclude with an inspirational gathering in the garden. Special music featuring soprano Rainelle Krause will complement this meaningful service.

Good Friday — Friday, March 25

Good Friday Services

Friday, March 25
Noon | Chapel | Rev. Linda McDermott
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | A meditative service of word and music

At noon, the Chapel 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.

At 7:00 pm, renew your spirit as you prepare for the glory of Easter through this beautiful and moving Good Friday service in the Sanctuary. The elite Adoramus Choral Ensemble will present “Mary Speaks,” a service of Lenten Lessons and Choral Music including choral repertoire from jazz, spiritual, late romantic, and contemporary genres, featuring works by Binek, Dubois, Gawthrop, Lauridsen, Martin, and Nix under the direction of Robert Stovall.

Children’s Good Friday Dinner & Service

Friday, March 25
5:30 pm | Dinner | Justin Building, Asbury Room
6:15 pm | Worship | Wesley Hall
“Why Do We Call It Good?”

In this very thoughtful Good Friday children’s service, we encourage 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. Donations for dinner accepted but not required. 

Labyrinth: It’s Prayer in Motion

Friday, March 25
3:00 – 7:00 pm | Justin Building Gym

The Labyrinth is an ancient practice offering Christians a deep sense of the calming presence of God and an awareness of God’s grace. Information and guidance is offered to help you in this experience, if desired.

Saturday, March 26

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 26
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 (emarshall@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5086. In case of inclement weather, please check our website.

Easter Sunday — Sunday, March 27

Easter Sunday Traditional Worship

“Salvation is Life”
8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

On this glorious Sunday morning Dr. Bruster will culminate his “Saving Grace” sermon series with a perhaps different twist on our understanding of eternal life that begins now and extends beyond death. Just as Jesus breathed life into his disciples following resurrection, on this Easter Sunday we will be invited to experience new life breathed into us. Resurrection is about salvation right now, your present grand possibility of new life.

This will be an exuberant worship experience with special choral and instrumental presentations by Fifth Street Brass, organ, and Choral Union including “O Clap Your Hands” composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Glory” composed by Rimsky-Korsakov and arranged by Terry Price, and “Hallelujah Chorus” composed by G.F. Handel.

Other Easter Worship Offerings:

7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Lance Marshall

nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration
9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

New Sunday Morning Offerings:

The Gathering
9:30 am | Room 350 | Rev. Lance Marshall

This new and different First Church Sunday morning offering led by Rev. Lance Marshall offers a casual and relevant opportunity for prayer, study, topical exploration, and high-spirited connection free from typical worship or Sunday School structures.

10:30 – 11:00 am & noon – 12:30 pm | Wesley Hall

Each Sunday, Wesley Hall will be set up and ready to offer members, visitors, and guests from all our different Sunday morning worship and study opportunities a chance to visit, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a Sunday morning treat.


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