It is often said that Christmas Eve and Easter services are the highest attended services of the year in the life of a church…I believe this is significant.
Consider what we have the opportunity to celebrate this Sunday; consider the fact that as the church, as followers of Christ…it all hinges on this…the defeat of death, the victory over the grave, and the invitation into the hope that we can be restored; that what we might be going through, the scars we bear, the wounds that seem to cut to deep, the doubt, the suffering, the struggles…none of these things have the final say. Rather, it is hope that has the final say. Death does not win. This Sunday, the grave will be empty…and we will celebrate, we will lift our voices, and the hope of that good news will be proclaimed, and the invitation for renewal and restoration found only in Christ will be given…and lives will be changed.
Will you be a part of the march to the cross, the darkness of the grave, and the hope of the Resurrection? Will you invite others on this journey with you? Our prayer is that this is so.
We look forward to the remainder of this journey with you!
Wednesday – April 16, 2014
Foot Washing Service
At 7:00 pm in the chapel we will have a time to remember Christ washing of the disciples’ feet as an act of servanthood.
Maundy Thursday – April 17, 2014
All are invited for a simple meal in the Family Life Center from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
A Communion Service is preceded by a dramatization of The Last Supper. Jesus said “One of you shall betray me”. This is a portrayal of each of the apostle’s response. At the end of their monologue they each ask “Is it I?” The 22nd year of this powerful drama will begin at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Foot Washing Service at Blackburn’s Chapel in Todd
At 5:00 pm a time to remember Christ washing the disciples’ feet as an act of servanthood.
Self Guided Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross will be on exhibit in the sanctuary from 9:00 am until 6:30 pm All sojourners are welcome to read about and travel a short pictorial journey depicting Christ’s last earthly days and his resurrection. Images courtesy of Dr. Cynthia Taylor © 2007.
Christ’s Seven Last Words
A worship service at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary with reflections on the seven last words of Christ. The speakers include: Keith Tutterow, Tyler Godshalk, Brandon Wrencher, Alexis Martinez, JB Beyer, Gene Ammons and Price St. Clair.
Holy Saturday – April 19, 2014
Family Easter Celebration
Come celebrate the season with your family. Walk through the Easter story and prepare your hearts for Easter. This powerfully moving, multisensory family outreach event that guides families along Jesus’ footsteps during his last days on earth. During this engaging event, families will journey through five stations and participate in impactful activities as they:
*Travel to Jerusalem for Palm Sunday
*Sit down for the Last Supper
*Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane
*Discover the sacrifice of Good Friday
*Celebrate freedom at the empty tomb that first Easter morning
Designed specifically for parents and children of all ages to experience and discover Easter and the events leading up to it in a way they’ll never forget. Please bring your basket for an egg hunt.This event will be held from 10:00 am – 11:30 am regardless of weather.
Easter Sunday – April 20, 2014
6:30 am Sunrise Service at Boone UMC in the Courtyard (or Chapel if inclement weather)
8:45 am Praise and Worship, 10:55 am Crossroads, 11:00 am Traditional Worship at Boone UMC
9:00 am Breakfast with 10:00 am Worship at Blackburn’s Chapel in Todd, NC
Jesus’ resurrection explodes the grave, and afterward the church exploded into mission in the world. This is the greatest day on the calendar, let’s fill our church. Invite a neighbor or friend to come with you. The resurrection scatters disciples into the world to care for Jesus’ poor, to invite all to friendship with Him and with us–let’s be part of that invitation this Easter.