Holy Week, March 28-April 4

PALM SUNDAY, March 28

Worship service on video. Jill Duffield preaches, “The Lord Needs It.” Please watch at 10:30 am Sunday.

Color a palm frond and hang it on your house! Share a picture on social media.

Maria Hanlin’s devotional for the day.

Resurrection Egg Hunt for those who registered.

SPECIALS

Give kids a full Holy Week story. 

Life Together – Chapter Five: Confession and Communion video by Matt Logan and other staff. Discussion questions here. See previous chapter videos on the Lenten playlist.

Lenten Music Playlist on Spotify

Family activity calendar

MAUNDY THURSDAY

John Alexander’s devotional for the day.

Drive-through Communion, 5-6 pm on Fisher Park Circle in front of the Sanctuary. Four stations, please pull to the next open station.

Worship on video. Bulletin here.

GOOD FRIDAY

Neil Dunnavant’s devotional for the day.

Organ offering with reflections by Jill Duffield. Video here. Bulletin here.

HOLY SATURDAY

Newton Cowan’s devotional for the day.

Easter Vigil: 2:30-4:30 pm and 6:30-8:30 pm Saturday, and 8-10 am Sunday. Walk through eight stations in the Sanctuary and outside the church, with readings, activities, meditation, art and communion. Reservations, masks and social distancing required. Read more here. Sign up online here. Video walk-through here. Bulletin here.

EASTER SUNDAY, April 4

Sunrise services: Brief services at 7 & 7:30 am in the Giving Back Garden. Limited to 25 per service; reservations, masks & social distancing required. All reservations are taken at this time.

Worship on video, 10:30 am

Bring a flower for the cross! Please wear your mask and observe social distancing.

Kevin Murray’s devotional for the day.

Watch our special Easter celebration.

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Maria Hanlin, pastoral care

Palm Sunday reflection: What kind of place? | Maria Hanlin

On Palm Sunday, 2018, Tim and I went to Plains, Ga., to attend President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class. President Carter asked me to begin the morning in prayer. It is a lifetime memory.

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John Alexander, director of music ministry

Maundy Thursday reflection: Where charity and love are | John Alexander

No matter how many styles of music that I listen to, I am regularly drawn back to the simplicity and beauty of Gregorian chant. One of my favorite chants to listen to for both the music and the text is “Ubi Caritas.” I was first introduced to this chant sitting in the back row of the choir room at FPC during my first year as a music intern, and it is one of a few pieces that I still vividly remember experiencing for the first time.

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Rev. Neil Dunnavant

Rev. Neil Dunnavant, executive pastor

Good Friday reflection: The sad, abiding presence of mob violence | Neil Dunnavant

I guess Good Friday (the day of the crucifixion and death of Jesus) is good because of the theology that developed – that His suffering and death somehow pays for our sins. Or as Mark’s Gospel interprets, the death led to personal immediate access to God.

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Newton Cowan, pastoral care

Holy Saturday reflection: Thinking and wondering | Newton Cowan

It is really hard to imagine what the disciples; Mary, the mother of Jesus; and many others were thinking. Can you imagine what it was like to witness the entry into the Temple Mount on Palm Sunday, the events of Holy Week and the Last Supper? The arrest, the “trial”, the beating, the Crucifixion, the Death of Christ, can you imagine?

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Kevin Murray, director of youth ministry

Easter reflection: The never-ending story | Kevin Murray

Easter is here, Jesus is risen. To properly celebrate we need to turn to the Easter stories in the Gospels. A great example is the ending of the Gospel of Mark. You may notice (or remember) that in your Bible it has “other” endings to the Gospel, and we will get to that in a second, but here is our reading and the original ending to the Gospel of Mark:

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