April 2-8 2023
Holy Week is the week of Christian observances leading to Easter Sunday. The week begins with Palm Sunday and progresses through Holy or Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. It concludes with the celebration of Easter Sunday.
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Palm Sunday Bake Sale
Sunday April 2
Shop for your Easter treats at the annual United Women in Faith Palm Sunday Bake Sale on Sunday April 2. Your support of this bake sale benefits the United Women in Faith college scholarship fund, which directly supports our youth and young adults.
PALM/Passion SUNDAY WORSHIP
Sunday April 2
8:30am The Table
11:00AM Traditional Worship
Sanctuary & LiveStream
Palm Sunday, also called Passion Sunday, is the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter. On Palm Sunday, we commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem by waving palm branches at the beginning of the worship service. Also part of the service is remembering the Passion, the suffering experienced by Jesus Christ on his way to the cross.
Both services will be held in the FUMC Allen Sanctuary and live streamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel with The Table at 8:30am and Traditional Worship at 11:00am. The 11:00am service features music by the Carillon Bells, Joyful Noise Children’s Choir, In Beat With God, our FUMC Allen orchestra, and the Chancel Choir.
A NOTE FROM CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
The children will lead the Palm Sunday processional at the 11:00am traditional service. If your child attends our 9:45am Sunday School, the teachers will keep them in the Children’s Large Group area and prepare them for the 11:00am processional.
If you child does not attend Sunday School, we invited you to drop off your children in the Children’s Area by 10:50am. They will join the Sunday School kids to process into the sanctuary waving their palm branches for the 11:00am service. Children’s Time will take place right after the processional and children will be returned to their parents. Younger children (ages 4 and younger) will return to the nursery.
Thursday April 6
Join us for Maundy Thursday worship in the FUMC Allen sanctuary. During this service, we’ll observe the sacrament of Holy Communion and remember Jesus’ commandment to “love one another.”
Our music will be lead by the DARING Youth Choir and Joyful Noise Children’s Choir. They will be singing “A Lenten Love Song” by Helen Kemp.
Rev Maxie Moore will bring the message from God’s Word.
We also welcome special musicians Josh and Lacey Phelps. Josh, a director of music at a UMC church in Oklahoma, will be singing “The Lord’s Prayer.” Lacey, a trumpet instructor at the University of Oklahoma, will perform on the flugelhorn and trumpet.
Friday April 7
Sanctuary & Livestream
Join us for Good Friday worship in the sanctuary and on our livestream platforms.
Lacey Phelps will present the prelude for this service on the flugelhorn. Cathy McPherson, Josh Phelps, and a 20-piece orchestra will also gift us with a performance of “The Prayer.”
The chancel choir and a 20 piece orchestra will present a special performance of “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure’. This special performance features soloists Cathy McPherson, John Stenger, and Josh Phelps.
Our Tenebrae service of darkness is characterized by the gradual extinguishing of candles as we remove the elements from the altar. The service will end with the congregation moving in silence into the FUMC Allen courtyard to hammer nails into the cross.
Children in grades K-4 are encouraged to attend the “Good Friday Children’s Experience.” Child care will be available for children ages 4 years and younger.
Good Friday children’s Experience
Friday April 7
CHILDREN’s LARGE GROUP AREA
We invite all children in grades K-4 to our Good Friday Children’s Experience. During our time together, we will use various activities from Cokesbury to learn about the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion in an age-appropriate way.
Nursery will be available for children ages 4 and younger. Our older students (grades 5 & 6) are encouraged to attend the Good Friday service with their families.