Easter at Grace, Sunday, April 1
9 a.m. Traditional worship, The Founders’ Chapel
9 a.m. Contemporary worship, Sanctuary
10:15-11:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt for Children, Grace Athletic Fields
11:15 a.m. Traditional worship, Sanctuary
11:15 a.m. Grace en Espanol, The Founders’ Chapel
The Rev. Dr. Trey H. Little preaching at all services. Breakfast served in Massey-Tucker Fellowship Hall, 8:30–11:30 a.m. Please bring flowers to place upon the “living cross” in the courtyard. Sunday school classes will not meet. Child care will be available beginning at 8:45 a.m.
What is Lent?
The season of Lent is the forty days before Easter Sunday. The Lenten season begins Ash Wednesday and ends at dusk the Saturday before Easter. Sundays during Lent are excluded; they, like every Sunday, are considered a celebration of the resurrection. Lent is a time of fasting, repentance, prayer, and preparation for Easter.
What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. The ashes symbolize our humanity and a reminder of our mortality. This first day of Lent reminds us that unless we are willing to die to our old selves, we cannot be raised to new life with Christ. The first step of this journey calls us to acknowledge and confront our mortality, individually and corporately. This is symbolized through the imposition of ashes—placing a cross of ashes on one’s forehead. The ashes we wear on our Lenten journey symbolize the dust and broken debris of our lives as well as the reality that eventually each of us will die. During the imposition of ashes the words: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19) are spoken to each person who comes forward. (Adapted from Companion to the Book of Common Worship)
Victory over death and entrance into everlasting life is secured through the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The bitterness of our humanity and mortality is transformed to praise and joy as we live our lives in the saving grace and peace of Jesus Christ.
Ash Wednesday Lunch & Service
Wednesday, February 14
Service in the Sanctuary: Noon-12:30 p.m.
Lunch in the Church Library following the service
*to-go boxes available
Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m., Sanctuary
The Life of Christ—a presentation of music and scripture led by the 9 a.m Contemporary Worship Team. We will come to the Lord’s Table to receive the sacrament of communion in remembrance of Jesus and the life that He has called us to live.
What is Good Friday?
Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it commemorates what Christians believe to be the most momentous event in the history of the world. On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sin. It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united with him in faith. It is ironic to call the day of our Lord’s suffering on the cross, “good.” As terrible as the day was, it was necessary for believers to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God was poured out on Jesus for our sin. Jesus was the perfect sacrificial substitute. Without this awful day of suffering, sorrow, and shed blood at the cross, God could not justify us who trust in Jesus. We call it, “good,” for evil is dealt its deathblow this day and the world can now be redeemed from bondage. Thus, we call this day, “good.” Hallelujah!
Good Friday Service
Friday, March 30, 7 p.m., The Founders’ Chapel
The Chancel Choir leads a service of worship for Good Friday as we read through the story of the Passion from the Gospel of John.