Holy Week News: March 20-26

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Palm Sunday

Both services on March 20 will begin with the blessing of the palms and a procession into the church in a reenactment of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem – remembering when people gathered, waving palms and shouting, “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Both services will feature Holy Communion, lessons and a reading of the Passion Gospel. Weather permitting, the 8:15 AM service will begin on the porch just outside the front door into the narthex and the 10:45 AM service will begin in the parking lot at the corner of Boulevard and Brenau Ave.

Palm Sunday 2012

EVE: evening worship for sacred days

Every day is sacred; so, too, the nights. Frame these days with music and worship as we gather in an intimate, relaxed worship space. Join us in the chapel, Sunday evening, March 20 at 6:00 PM for a service of music, evening prayers, and Eucharist. Come as you are. Come curious and hopeful, broken and healed, joyful and burdened. Come. Let’s lay it all down, sing, and worship together.

The Seekers

The Seekers will not meet on March 20, March 27, or April 3. When the class meets again on April 10 they will begin exploring the Kabbalah in preparation for Rabbi Biller’s arrival on May 6. more information

Sunday Forum

This Sunday, March 20, Jeff Jones will lead the last class in our series exploring the intersection of medicine, science, and religion.

Easter Flower Donations

The deadline to make a donation for flowers for Easter Sunday is Monday, March 21. Please fill out a donation form and return it with payment in the offertory plate or by mail to the church office at 422 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Maundy Thursday


We will join together with First Baptist and St. Paul United Methodist Churches for supper and worship on Maundy Thursday, March 24. Supper will be served in the Banquet Hall of First Baptist Church at 5:00 PM. Cost is $7/adult, $4/child. Make a reservation by calling Elizabeth Burnette at 770-534-7354.

A Maundy Thursday service of footwashing and communion will be held in the First Baptist Church sanctuary at 6:30 PM.

Grace Church parishioners are invited to gather in our nave at 8:00 PM for the stripping of the altar. The sacred watch will follow.

Good Friday

We will commemorate the crucifixion of our Lord at the Good Friday liturgy on March 25 at 12:00 PM.

Following the liturgy, at around 1:00 PM, parishioners are invited to walk the Stations of the Cross. The procession will begin at Grace and continue down Green Street, ending at First Baptist Church. Along the way, we will have fourteen pauses for readings and prayers along Green Street. Return transportation to Grace Episcopal Church will be provided from First Baptist. Those unable to walk this distance are invited to share in the Stations by using our parish Stations around the columns in the nave.

Northeast Georgia Campus Ministry

In partnership with the Diocese of Atlanta, Grace is hosting a Good Friday service at 7:00 PM in the Chapel for college and university students, staff, and faculty from across Northeast Georgia.

COG Reminder

The COG Preschool is closed on Good Friday, March 25.

The Great Vigil of Easter

The Great Vigil of Easter begins at 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 26! This is clearly the most aesthetically dramatic liturgy in the Church year. It begins in darkness outside the building with the lighting of the new fire and the kindling of the Paschal Candle. The lessons that are the narrative of our entire salvation history will be told during the first part of the service, all of which happens in darkness-itself a dramatic setting.

Midway through this service when the Eucharist begins, the Season of Lent officially concludes with the celebrant proclaiming in a loud shout “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” To which the people respond joyfully, “The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.” At this point, the lights are illumined, bells ring out, and the joyous celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord commences!! A crucial piece of our celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord will be the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on this evening as well.

Nursery available for kids age 4 and under.

Women’s Study to Begin Soon

Our next women’s group study is built around Brene Brown’s new book, Rising Strong. Led by Dr. Cynthia Park, Melanie Couch, and Cheryl Kelley, we will discuss the stories we tell ourselves, how to reckon with emotion and how to change our narrative. For anyone who went to Montreat and practiced the “I’m enough” exercise and learned the importance and significance of storytelling…get ready to delve in deeper!

The group will meet in the Grace Center Conference Room on Wednesday nights from April 13-May 4 from 7:00 PM -8:30 PM. Childcare is available. Please purchase the book and begin reading. more on Rising Strong and author/researcher Brene Brown


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