Holy Week & Easter at Franklin UMC

Dear members and friends of Franklin United Methodist Church,

We have officially entered Holy Week.  During this time Christians recall the events leading up to Jesus’ arrest, persecution, execution, and burial.  It is an important time of self-reflection that culminates in the joyous celebration on the first day of next week—Easter Sunday!  As we enter this holy week and prepare for Easter, I want to invite you to and remind you of several opportunities to gather.

…on Thursday (April 14) we will gather for a potluck dinner at the church beginning at 6pm.  Table service and drinks will be provided.  Bring a favorite food item to share (a casserole, dessert, side dish, or entrée).  After dinner, we’ll choose characters and set the scene of Leonardo DaVinci’s famous painting, The Last Supper, and recall some of the questions the disciples might have asked on their last evening with Jesus.

…on Friday (April 15) there will be an “Adoration of the Cross” service at 12pm in the sanctuary.  This brief service will last approximately 25 minutes.  This service will meet in-person in the sanctuary and via Google Meet.  It will also stream on YouTube.  We will read the Passion Story together and consider how the scriptures talk about the cross.  In addition to this meditative service, a short reflection will be recorded and premier on Facebook and YouTube.  It will also be posted to the church website.  Make sure to like the church Facebook page, subscribe to the YouTube channel, and/or subscribe to the church website (at the bottom of the homepage) so that you don’t miss it.

…on Sunday (April 17) we will gather to celebrate Easter!  Worship will begin at 10am.  This service will meet in-person in the sanctuary (the first time since 2019!) and via Google Meet.  It will also stream on YouTube. There will be a community-wide Easter egg hunt behind the church for children 12 and under after worship at 11am.  There will also be light refreshments following worship.

This is a holy time of preparation and celebration.  I hope you’ll take some time to reflect and find joy in the never-ending love of God found in Jesus Christ by joining us on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.  All are always welcome.  I hope you’ll consider inviting a friend.

Pastor Jacob