Join Us In Celebrating the Story of Easter!
Easter is the highlight and climax of our Christian faith. Through the story of the Resurrection, we experience how God overcomes death, and we believe how the story continues to be alive in our lives. Join us at Raleigh Court United Methodist Church where, as witnesses of this resurrection, we celebrate the Restoration in our lives and community. Raleigh Court United Methodist Church invites you to our Holy Week services preparing us for the Restoration.
Maunday Thursday Seder Meal with Rabbi Kathy Kohen
7:00 PM March 24th, 2016
“I Am the Lord of Dance” Good Friday Cantata
7:00 PM March 25th, 2016
Easter Egg Hunt at the Dickenson’s
10:00 AM March 26th, 2016, 3101 Hubbard Rd. SW (24018)
Easter Sunday Worship
11:00 AM March 27th, 2016
What is Holy Week?
The week of Christian observances leading to Easter Sunday. It begins with Palm Sunday and progresses through Holy or Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. It culminates with the Easter Sunday celebrations.
Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by permission.
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration.
While John’s gospel does not record the institution of the Lord’s Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. Christians therefore keep this night with celebrations both at the basin (footwashing) and at the Lord’s Table (Holy Communion).
What is Good Friday?
The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, “Good Friday,” is not clear. It may be a corruption of the English phrase “God’s Friday,” according to Professor Laurence Hull Stookey in Calendar: Christ’s Time for the Church (p. 96). It is the common name for the day among English- and Dutch-speaking people. It is a day that proclaims God’s purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God’s self in Christ. As seen in John’s gospel, particularly, God was in control. God was not making the best of a bad situation, but was working out God’s intention for the world — winning salvation for all people. We call it “good” because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter!