A Good Friday walk of the Stations of the Cross around Chapel Hill will highlight Holy Week worship services and activities at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St.
The walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the sundial in front of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and will include various stops around the community.
Each station will recall a scripturally-based account of Jesus suffering on his way to Golgatha, as well as an account of suffering in the Chapel Hill community. This experience will acknowledge the hope of Christians for healing of all wounds.
For those unable to walk more than a mile and for all in case of heavy rain, a similar event of Stations of the Cross will be held in the chapel at the at 5:30 p.m. Child care will be available at the church.
Other Holy Week activities at University Methodist include worship services at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Holy Thursday. This service commemorates Jesus Last Supper with his disciples with washing of the feet, Holy Communion and stripping and shrouding of the altar.
Child care will be available for the evening service that will be held in the sanctuary. The simpler afternoon service will be held in the chapel.
On Easter Sunday, the church will hold three worship services. An intimate sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. in the courtyard in front of the church. Two identical services at 9 and 11 a.m. will include Holy Communion, a sermon the Rev. Carl King and the sounds of trumpets, timpani and organ as well as singing of Handels Hallelujah Chorus.
Seven Last Words
Mt. Zion AME Church, 5124 N.C. 86, Hillsborough, will present The Seven Last Words at 7 p.m. Good Friday.
The community is invited to join the church as it explores Jesus last hours on the cross through mini-sermons by seven area ministers: the Rev. Luther K. Brooks, the Rev. Barbaretta McGill, the Rev. David Lowe, the Rev. Linda Norfleet, the Rev. Steven Lyons, Minister Joy Nicole Martinez and the Rev. Thomas O. Nixon.
Kol Haskalah will hold its annual Humanistic Judaism Seder from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham.
The congregation will provide chicken, matzo, wine, grape juice and other cold drinks. Those who attend are asked to bring a Passover dish to share with 8 to 12 people. Get ticket information at 919-958-7888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hold Week services
• Holy Week at United Church of Chapel Hill will include a Maundy Thursday service of remembering the new covenant that Jesus gave to his followers to love one another. The 7:30 p.m. service will be led by Rev. Richard Edens and the Rev. David Mateo and will include music by the Chamber Singers.
A Good Friday family service in which the congregation will process is set for noon. The Rev. Susan Steinberg will lead the procession to different places in the facility or grounds where participants will hear from characters in the Jesus stories, sing songs, make prayers and think on scenes from the last days of Jesus in Jerusalem. The event is planned for participants of all ages.
Also on Good Friday is a 7:30 p.m. Taize service, quiet and meditative, and organized around congregational singing from the liturgies of the Taize Christian Community, an international and ecumenical community based in the village of Taize in Southern France.
Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. will be held in the Memorial Garden at the church. Steinberg will preach and breakfast will follow the service.
The Rev. Jill Edens will preach at both Easter Sunday worship services at 8:45 and 10 a.m.
The church is located at 1231 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
• Holy Week liturgies at Church of the Holy Family, an Episcopal congregation at 200 Hayes Road, include the following:
Noon Holy Eucharist celebrated in the nave today and Thursday and a midweek Mass offered at 8 a.m. today as well as Tenebrae at 8 p.m.; the 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service includes Holy Eucharist with foot washing and Stripping of the Altar; Prayer vigil with blessed Sacrament will be kept through the night and morning after Maundy Thursday; noonday Good Friday liturgy with Communion from the Reserved Sacrament; 8 p.m. Great Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter with Holy Baptism and Confirmation Saturday; and Easter Day worship with Holy Eucharist at 7:55, 8:55 and 11:05 in which incense will be used.
• Holy Week services at Duke Chapel on Duke University campus in Durham include: Noon services each day; Thursday 6:30 p.m. foot washing service followed by 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday service; Good Friday 11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross procession around the campus followed by a noon service, 1 to 3 p.m. meditative organ music and 7:30 p.m. Good Friday Service of Tenebrae; Sunday 6:30 a.m. Easter sunrise service in Duke Gardens, 9 a.m. Holy Communion and 11 a.m. Easter worship.
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