Holy Week 2017

By April 3, 2017Lent, 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

Choral Union Holy Week Concert

Sunday, April 9
7:00 pm | Sanctuary

FUMCFW presents Choral Union in concert on Palm Sunday. Choral Union will perform Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” in conjunction with the First Church Orchestra. A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest — traditionally, for the deceased. The five movements of Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” (2013), however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. The opening movement sets the traditional Introit and Kyrie texts — pleas for rest and mercy — using ever-increasing elaborations on a simple three-note descending motive. The second movement sets scriptural texts that speak of the turmoil and sorrow which face humanity. The Agnus Dei is performed next as a plea for deliverance and peace; the Sanctus, following it, becomes a response to this redemption. The Lux Aeterna that closes the work portrays light, peace, and rest — for both the deceased and the living.

Family Maundy Thursday Dinner & Service

Thursday, April 13
5:30 pm | Dinner | Room 350
6:15 pm | Worship | Chapel | Mister Mark Burrows

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

Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, April 13
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott
“The Gift of Disappearing”

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.  We will begin with a beautiful service of worship in the Sanctuary, proceed to a moving experiential service of Holy Communion in Wesley Hall, and conclude with an inspirational gathering in the Garden. Special music will feature Susan Bruster, soprano; Dace Sultanov, cellist; and Sara Davis and Hans Grim, pianists.

Good Friday Services

Friday, April 14
Noon | Chapel | Rev. Lance Marshall
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. Adoramus Chamber Choir will perform special music featuring “Missa Lucis” composed by our very own Justin Binek. The jazz genre is alive and well in this unique work. Using text from the mass, Justin has created a work that allows us as listeners the opportunity to experience Holy Week in a different, but effective, manner. Scripture and other readings will add interest and meaning to this Good Friday service.

Family Good Friday Dinner & Service

Friday, April 14
5:30 pm | Dinner | Room 350
6:15 pm | Worship | Wesley Hall | Mister Mark Burrows

In this very thoughtful Good Friday 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. Everyone will receive prayer cords, and families will sing and pray together in this powerful yet peaceful evening service. Donations for dinner are accepted but not required.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15
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! Plus, each person will be given one meal ticket for a complimentary lunch from Easy Slider, Salsa Limón, or Gepetto’s Pizza Food Trucks. In case of inclement weather, please check fumcfw.org for more information.

Contact: Heather Teems | hteems@myfumc.org | 817-339-5096

Activities | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pony Rides, Sandbox Station, Petting Zoo, Sidewalk Chalk, Face Painting, Bubble Station, Volleyball, Cookie Decorating, Basketball, Sack Races

Egg Hunts
10:45 am | 2 years & under
11:00 am | 3 & 4 years
11:15 am | 5, 6 & 7 years
11:30 am | 8 years & older

Butterfly Release | 11:40 am

Easter Sunday Traditional Worship

Sunday, April 16
8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
“Where Do We Go From Here?”

On this glorious Sunday morning, Dr. Bruster will culminate his “Gifts of the Dark Wood” series with his message on new life and new hope through the resurrection, even in the midst of the most challenging times of life. This exuberant worship experience includes choral and instrumental presentations by Choral Union, First Church Brass, Timpani, and Organist Peggy Graff as they perform “To the Lamb on the Throne” and “The Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah” under the direction of Robert Stovall. Congregational hymns characterizing Easter will also inspire and stir the soul, accompanied by organ, brass, and timpani.

Other Easter Worship Offerings

DiscipleChurch | 7:15 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Worship | Chapel
9:30 am | Discussion | Foundation Building

The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall

Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony

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

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