Easter Sunday worship

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

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.

Good Friday

Friday, March 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willing suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. For Christians, it is a crucial day of the year in that it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. As some have rightly noted, before we can get to “the good news”, we must wrestle with and understand the “bad news” of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. Good Friday is followed by the glorious celebration of Easter, the day Jesus was raised from the dead, bringing victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to hope and to a future resurrection for all who believe and are united to him by faith. Join us for our Friday worship service, when we will journey to the cross through liturgy and song as the darkness falls at Calvary.

Easter Church Services

Sunday, April 1, 2018
8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Easter at The Woods UMCEaster 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.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Monday, December 24, 2018

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.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas at The Woods UMCChristmas 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 2018, Christmas will be on Tuesday.