Holy Week and Easter Worship

235March 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!

New Stained Glass Window Dedication

bread%2c vine%2c lightOn Sunday, February 21, 11 am, the stained glass windows designed and crafted by Frank Dansby will be dedicated to the glory of God.  The celebration will continue with a potluck luncheon after worship. Please bring a dish to share.

The project began in February, 2013, with a generous gift given by former member Smith Hunter in memory of his wife Miriam Hunter.  Frank spent approximately 775 hours assembling 800 pieces of glass.    He generously donated his time, and because of the complex scope of the project, he added his own financial support to complete the project.

Each window depicts one of Jesus’ “I AM” statements from John’s gospel:

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  (John 6:35)

“I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”  (John 8:12).

“I am the vine, you are the branches.  Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Frank says that he enjoyed working on these windows and the Luther Rose window that hangs in the narthex. Thank you, Frank, for sharing your artistic gifts with us!

Saint John Celebrates Pastor Katie’s 25th

On Sunday, August 9, the congregation will celebrate “Pastor Katie Day.”  During worship at 10 am, the Reverend H. Julian Gordy, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Southeastern Synod, will preach and preside at Holy Communion.  Following worship, a reception will be held in the fellowship hall.  This festive occasion will mark the 25th anniversary of PastorKatie’s ordination and call to Saint John.

The Reverend Katherine Pasch was ordained on July 8, 1990 and installed as pastor of Saint John on August 26, 1990.  She earned a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina.  Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in English, is from Wittenberg University, a Lutheran college in Springfield, Ohio.  She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Duke University.