Passover Seder & Communion
Passover is the oldest and most important religious festival in Judaism, commemorating God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. The Seder meal is a retelling of the story of the exodus through the serving of symbolic foods, prayers and songs. It is believed that Jesus was celebrating this Passover meal when he instituted the Last Supper. We will share the Seder meal (roast chicken and potatoes, green beans and salad) and then go into Holy Communion. The entire service last just under 2 hours. Child care will be provided. Please RSVP to the church office or on our web site (www.gracepresrr.org)
The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. During the worship service we will hear what is called the “passion narrative.” These are the scriptures which tell of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion and burial. After each reading we will extinguish one candle, experiencing the darkness that was spreading as those who tried to get rid of him, took his life.
Following the readings we will hear a dramatic interpretation by our youth. During worship you will have the opportunity to nail your sins to the cross. This worship service ends in darkness and silence. It will be resumed at the Easter sunrise worship on Sunday in the garden.
Child care will be provided.
Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt
April 19, 10 am
Join us as we host the surrounding neighborhoods for an Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your friends and neighbors!!! All children in 5th grade and below are invited to come and bring a basket. Following the egg hunt there will be face painting.
Easter Sunrise Worship
April 20, 7 am
Each one of the gospel accounts of the resurrection tell us that the women went to the tomb very early on the first day of the week, some saying it was at dawn, and others saying “as the sun was rising.” It is during these very early hours of the morning that they women find that the body of Jesus was not there.
We will gather at 7 am on Easter to remember the joy of discovering an empty tomb!
Our worship will be outdoors in our prayer garden. We never know what the weather will be, so everyone is encouraged to come prepared for cold!!! If it rains, we will move inside.
April 20, 8 am
What better way to celebrate being part of the family of God, than by joining together with our brothers and sisters in Christ to share a meal! We will be serving breakfast casseroles, fruit, sweet breads, and juice.
One of the traditions at Grace is for everyone to bring fresh cut flowers from our yards to place upon the cross. We do this at the beginning of each worship service, while singing, “Jesus Christ is Risen Today.”
April 20, 10:15 am
The highlight of the Christian year is celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ! We will gather as the family of Christ to give praise to God that nothing can separate us from his love as revealed in Jesus.
During worship we will welcome new members and celebrate the sacrament of baptism. Our Confirmation Class will be joining at this time, along with several others who are new to Grace.
Those wishing to join will meet with the Session in the narthex at 10:00. Be sure to let Pastor Nancy know if you will be joining. (firstname.lastname@example.org)