Journeying through Suffering to Celebration
On Friday night, many of us had the unique opportunity to sit in the beautiful sanctuary of Grace UMC as we experienced music centering on the passion of Christ. Our own Michael Dauterman, in concert with his talented colleagues, invited us to begin the journey of Holy Week with the question of how the suffering and death of Christ, recounted in the days ahead, allows us to understand in a deeper sense the redemption that comes at Easter.
It can seem counterintuitive to dwell on sorrow when we already know the happy ending to this story. On Easter Day, the tomb will be empty and we will meet the resurrected Christ. But, the meaning of faith and life for Christians is not as straightforward as jumping from celebration to celebration. Instead, we walk in this in-between place of understanding the ultimate victory that comes in Christ while holding great empathy not only for the suffering of Christ, but also for the suffering of others.
In this Holy Week, I encourage you to embrace the journey from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the cross. Explore and experience worship that creates space to fear, grieve and question. Gather together with fellow believers and talk about these scriptures. Pray that God will prepare your heart and the hearts of all believers as we look toward the festive celebration that is coming with Easter.
There are two opportunities in this Holy Week for you to participate actively and mindfully in this holy time.
Tomorrow,Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 PM, we will gather at
Inman Park UMC for Maundy Thursday worship. This time will include communion and stripping the altar as we move toward the crucifixion. On
Good Friday, April 14th the sanctuary of
New Church Atlanta
(formerly Epworth UMC) will be open for prayer and meditation from
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The space will be set with stations to guide your prayers and reflections.
Finally, our week will culminate on
Sunday, April 16th as we gather in festive worship to proclaim, "Christ is risen!" Easter Sunday will have activities for all ages to engage in the resurrection celebration. We will begin the day with a sunrise service at
7:00 AM at Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park
(830 Willoughby Way, Atlanta, GA 30312). We will continue the celebration at
9:30 AM at Grace UMC with brunch, family activities and an egg hunt on the front lawn. Finally we will cap off an exciting morning with
festival worship at 11:00 AM.
My prayers go with you in the days ahead. I look forward to celebrating Easter with you and those you love on Sunday!
The Vision at Grace
our surrounding community, spiritually and physically, while
outward with God's love and intentionally
all in the name of Christ.
Thursday, April 13
Friday, April 14
Church office closed in observance of Good Friday holiday.
Sunday, April 16
- Sunrise Worship, 7am, Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park (830 Willoughby Way, Atlanta, GA 30312)
- Children's Egg Hunt and Family Brunch, 9:30am, Grace Front Lawn & Grace Cafe
- Festival Worship, 11am, Sanctuary
Monday, April 17
Church office closed in observance of Easter Monday.
Sunday, April 23
Young Adult Brunch, immediately following worship, Ponce City Market (final date for the spring)
Church Council Meeting, 12:30pm, Living Room
Tuesday, April 25
Needles and Prayers, 7pm
Sunday, May 7
Tuesday, May 9
Needles and Prayers, 7pm
HOLY WEEK at GRACE
Please see above for our calendar of worship services and events.
Please remember in your prayers all who are experiencing health issues/recovering from them:
- Marilyn Altman
- Johnny Chappell
- Alice Maclin
- Betty Nash
- Lydia Sharian
- Shawn Stephens
- Steve Weldon
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