Holy Week 2024

The last 7 weeks we have been reflecting on the suffering Savior through our Lenten Devotional. Why do we take this time? Why is it important that we daily remind ourselves of Jesus and his mission here on earth? Because our hearts and minds, mine included, tend to wander and become fixated on the things of this world. This perfect man, fully God and fully human, walked along this earth knowing he had been born to die. Wow. As we read today, the power of the cross is the power of love. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). Let us spend the remainder of this Holy Week focused on Jesus, the true Light of the world, who came to take our sins as the perfect Redeemer.  

Tomorrow, Maundy Thursday, there is a fellowship meal from 6:00-8:00 PM for those who have registered. This is in observance of the Last Supper Jesus spent with his disciples, and we will also celebrate the sacrament of The Lord’s Supper together.  

Good Friday, March 29, there are two ways we can meditate on Jesus and the final hours prior to his crucifixion. First, join for a time of Prayer & Fasting from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM in the Youth Room. There will be communal prayer on the hour with small group/private prayer in between. Families are welcome to join but no childcare is provided. Sign up here to participate either in-person or from home. We will then gather for Candlelight Worship Services at 4:00 & 5:30 PM. This service is one of the most powerful displays of love as we read scriptures tracing the final steps of our Savior to the cross. Children’s bulletins and activities can be found at each entrance and the back of the Sanctuary for each service. The Grace Kids space will also be open for parents to watch the service while letting the little ones move around.  

Finally, we will celebrate Easter Sunday, March 31, at our regular worship times of 8:30 & 11:15 AM. Hallelujah, Christ is Risen from the dead! His blood has washed us clean and death has been defeated. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” (Psalm 150:6a)  

Easter Sunday, March 31, all adults are also invited to the Healing Service at 10:00 AM in the Cornerstone Room. This service is focused on intercessory prayer for those who desire to be anointed with oil by the elders and prayed for by our church.  

As we finish out this Holy Week, my prayer is that each and every one of us is changed by the power of the cross. May the Holy Spirit’s continued work enable us to truly count everything else as loss in light of knowing the unsurpassed greatness of Jesus. (Philippians 3:7-8)

Whitney Cordes serves as the Communications Director at GRC.