Here at Fairmount, we are busily making preparations for Holy Week! From a communion-centered worship meal at Cokesbury United Methodist Church on Maundy Thursday to a service on the hill at Fairmount Cemetery bright and early on Easter morning, we are hosting a variety of creative and worshipful Holy Week services this year. But some of us may be asking ourselves: why is Holy Week so important for the Church? Holy Week, the week before Easter, retells the historical and theological narrative of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection. As a church, we embark upon this journey with Jesus together and prayerfully reflect upon the significance of the entire story of Christ’s sacrifice for us, which eventually leads us to Christ’s glorious and triumphant resurrection on Easter Sunday.
For now, I would like talk about the significance of Good Friday. We plan to host the Good Friday service in our very own, freshly painted and newly renovated sanctuary this year. The evening of Good Friday is traditionally the service in which we remember the death of Christ on the Cross. This year we will be hearing the “Seven Last Words” of Christ in the Bible, and there will be a specially prepared artistic component symbolizing each of Jesus’ “Seven Last Words.” The choir will sing many beautiful hymns and haunting choral and solo arrangements in response to each of these tragic “Seven Last Words.” This will be a dramatic and stirring service, one of which concludes with the congregation departing together in silence. Please check out our website for further details about Holy Week. May the grace and peace of Christ be with us all as we prepare to take this journey together with Christ.