March 24, Maundy Thursday: Potluck supper at 6 pm and Worship at 7 pm
Maundy comes for the Latin “mandatum” and means commandment. The liturgy focuses on three actions. First, the confession of sins and the announcement of forgiveness bring an end to the season of Lent that began on Ash Wednesday. Worshippers may come forward to receive individual absolution and laying on of hands. Second, in obedience to Jesus’ command to love one another, there will be an opportunity to participate in foot washing. Third, we celebrate the meal that Jesus shared with his disciples on the night in which he was betrayed. The service concludes with the stripping of the altar, a reminder that our Lord was stripped of his clothes and power.
March 25, Good Friday: Worship at 7 pm
This is the second rite of the Three Days. We gather to remember the death of Jesus for our sins. We focus not only on the suffering of his death on the cross, but we also remember that his death brings new light to us. That is why we call this Friday – Good. We sing hymns, pray the bidding prayer for the world and the church, and hear the passion story from John’s Gospel.
Good Friday daytime worship opportunities:
Griffin First United Methodist: Organ recital from 12:30-1:15 (including brief spoken meditations) St. George’s Episcopal Church, Griffin: Good Friday worship at noon, featuring Malcolm Archer’s Requiem
Sunday, March 27, Vigil of Easter: Worship at 6 am
We gather outside in the parking lot as the new fire and the Paschal (Passover or Easter) candle are lighted. The candle leads the way down to the outdoor chapel where the ancient Easter proclamation is sung. This song calls us to join the hymn of all creation in praising God. We hear the stories of Creation, the Exodus, and the Resurrection. We affirm our baptism and celebrate Holy Communion.
7:15 am Breakfast is served in the fellowship hall after the Vigil.
Sunday, March 27, Festival of Easter: Worship at 11 am In word and music, we proclaim Christ’s Passover from death to life. “Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!” Easter is not one day but fifty. For fifty days, seven weeks, we will celebrate this new life and raise our joyful alleluias!