On Faith

Holy Week traditions abound

April 15, 2014 

Holy Week from Palm Sunday through Easter Day is under way in Christian churches.

• Duke Chapel is offering a daily noonday service in the Memorial Chapel as well as events Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, a foot washing service is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel. The Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. will be held in the Chapel nave and the Rev. Willie Jennings will speak.

On Friday, the Procession of the Stations of the Cross will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a service at noon.

• A Good Friday service is set at 7 p.m. at Bahama Baptist Church, 1747 Willardville Station Road, in Bahama. Also, an Easter Egg Hunt is planned at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Easter Day will begin with an 8 a.m. potluck breakfast followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. At 5 p.m. the choir and drama group will present “You Thought of Us,” a musical arranged by Camp Kirkland.

• St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Center at Duke University is holding Holy Week services at the church, 1902 W. Main St. A Tenebrae service is set at 6 p.m. today and a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Good Friday liturgy is at 6 p.m. and Holy Saturday at 10 a.m. Easter Vigil begins at 8:30 p.m.

• Maundy Thursday worship with Holy Communion is set at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. On Good Friday at 7 p.m. “Songs of Darkness: Tenebrae Factae Sunt” will include musical offerings of motets from the 16th century to the present day with psalms and prayers in the sanctuary. Easter services on Sunday will include a brief service in the Memorial Garden at 9 a.m. and a worship service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Both will include Holy Communion.

• St. Titus Episcopal Church will hold a 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service, including the stripping of the altar and a Good Friday service at noon. Easter Day services are at 7 a.m., weather permitting, and 10 a.m. with a Festival Eucharist and reception. The church is located at 400 Moline St.

• Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E. NC 54, will have a Maundy Thursday service including the Last Supper at 7 p.m. The Good Friday service is at noon. Easter Sunday will begin with a 6 a.m. sunrise service followed at 10:30 a.m. with a Festive Service of Resurrection.

• Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, will offer Stations of the Cross in the fellowship hall on Good Friday from noon to 9 p.m. This self-guided journey of worship and prayer will engage the senses and imagination through reflection on the events of Holy Week and the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer. The public is invited.

Church women’s luncheon

Episcopal Church Women at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St., will hold the annual Spring Salad Luncheon at the church on Tuesday, April 29.

Proceeds will benefit Urban Ministries, Senior PharmAssist, Thompson's Children's Home, Threshold, Children's Place, Crisis Response Center and other church related organizations.

An $8 donation at the door will be taken for the event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Master’s Men singers

The Master's Men will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Berea Baptist Church, 5011 Fayetteville Road.

This is a male group dedicated to singing inspirational music. Selections will include hymns, spirituals, gospel and other musical styles in four, five and six part harmony for unaccompanied male voices.

The group is directed by Robert Cox and assisted by Larry Triplett, one of the group's founding members.

Since August, 1995, The Master's Men have performed at more than 250 religious based gatherings in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Their music is not only uplifting and inspirational, it is fun.

The free concert will be followed by a time of refreshments and fellowship.

Summer day camp

St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Road, is offering its Songs and Stories summer day camp for children ages 4-10 again this year from June 23-27.

Musikgarten-trained music professional Kaye Saunders and Godly Play-certified educator Ginny Brooks will lead the children in a week filled with storytelling, creative music-making and crafts.

Registration is under way. A half day, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is $125; full day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is $145. There is $20 off for a second and each additional child and scholarships are available.

Camp will be held on the church's shady two-acre playground and will include a T-shirt and daily snack for all campers. Extended daycare is available on request.

Call the Rev. Joe Hensley Jr., assistant to the rector, at the church: 919-286-2273.

You can reach Flo Johnston at flo.johnston314@gmail.com

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