Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Sunday, December 24, 2017
We would like to invite you to join us on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will be having two services. Each service will include a candlelight ending.
The first service is at 5:00 p.m. and will feature The Voice of the Woods Choir, The Woods Bell Choir, and a special children’s program.
The second service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and will be a contemporary Christmas service featuring The Woods praise team, BlueGrace.
Thank you for considering spending time with us on this very special evening. We hope to see you there.
Monday, December 25, 2017
Christmas is the day on which Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the actual day of the year of the birth is not known, most Christians in the Western world celebrate the birth on December 25. The word Christmas comes from the early English phrase Christes Masse, which means Christ’s Mass. The day is also commemorated as the Feast of the Nativity. In 2017, Christmas will be on Monday.
Easter Church Services
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Easter is the day in the Christian calendar that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is the most important day in the calendar. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after March 21; therefore, the date varies from March 22 to April 25. In 2018, Easter will be on Sunday, April 1, with services at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
On this day, Christians commemorate the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and instituted the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The name of this day, Maundy Thursday, recalls the new commandment in John 13:34.
Six actions traditional on this day are: (1) confession and pardon, (2) proclamation of the Word, (3) foot washing, (4) the Lord’s Supper, (5) stripping of the church, and (6) Tenebrae.
Foot washing is a powerful symbol of response to the Word, dramatizing the servanthood of Jesus, both on the night before his death and in his continuing presence in our midst.
The ancient practice of stripping the Lord’s Table and sanctuary following communion is a vivid and dramatic way of showing the desolation and abandonment of the long night in Gethsemane and what followed. The church remains bare until Easter.