Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin word for commandment “mandatum.” In John 13:34, Jesus says to his disciples “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another just as I have loved you.” This year we will join together with First Baptist and St. Paul United Methodist Churches for supper and worship.
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. This stark removal of everything we love and use to celebrate sets the tone for the hours of despair that are associated with Jesus’ crucifixion and death. It is a solemn service after which worshippers exit in silence without dismissal.
It is an ancient custom of the Church to keep a watch before the Reserved Sacrament following the liturgy of Maundy Thursday. The watch recalls the time Jesus and his disciples spent in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper and before Jesus’ arrest. Parishioners are invited to sign up online or at the information table for a one hour shift between 8:00 PM Thursday evening until the watch ends at noon on Good Friday with the beginning of the proper Good Friday liturgy.