Holy Week under way in local churches

by W. Winston Skinner

Sunday will be Easter, and Christians in Coweta County – and around the world – are remembering events from the final days of Jesus’ earthly ministry.

Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church near Sharpsburg “is offering several new family-friendly components in its annual Holy Week celebration,” Cynthia Myers said. At 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, the church will offer the Christian mini-movie “Son of Man” as well as three interactive Lenten-focused table top displays.

The church will also have an indoor labyrinth where people can “engage in a time of self-reflection” as they walk the circuitous path. The labyrinth is “symbolic of the Christian faith journey,” said Dr. Mark Jordan, pastor at Cokes Chapel.

“We will engage our members and the community in a series of events that center on the 40 days Jesus Christ spent in the desert being tempted by Satan,” Jordan said. “Christ’s triumph over temptation gives us an example for how we can respond in times of challenge and adversity.”

The tabletop displays at Cokes Chapel will depict the three conversations that took place between Christ and Satan. “Christ not only resisted temptation, He also overcame death when He rose on Easter morning evidenced by the empty tomb,” Jordan said.

Thursday is Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday. The liturgy used that day in Catholic churches “commemorates the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, before Jesus was condemned to die,” said Jim Stagg, a member at St. George Catholic Church.

A number of area churches will have communion during their Thursday services.

Good Friday is a time when Christians remember the death of Jesus on the cross. St. George will offer a Tenebrae service – in which darkness and light have spiritual significance – at 2 p.m.


St. George’s will be one of several churches offering Stations of the Cross. “The Stations of the Cross commemorate the 14 stops, or stations, which Jesus the Christ makes on His day of trial, torture, death and burial,” Stagg explained.

Several churches are also having services Friday centered on the seven utterances of Jesus on the cross. Louise Moore explained that Smith Chapel United Methodist Church’s service will have “seven ministers preaching seven minutes on the seven last words.”

Holy Week activities on the calendar for today include:

• 8:30 a.m., Holy Week Mass, St. George Catholic Church. Eucharistic Adoration to follow.

• noon, Lenten Service, Cornerstone United Methodist Church. This is the final service in a series. Dr. Joel Richardson, pastor of Central Baptist Church, will bring the message. Lunch will be available for $5 following the half-hour service.

• noon, Moreland Community Lenten Service, Moreland United Methodist Church. David Brackman will preach and will be a free soup lunch at 12:30.

• noon, Holy Week Communion, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg.


• 5 p.m., Chrism Mass, Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta. Archbishop Wilton Gregory will celebrated the Mass, which will be concelebrated by all bishops and pastors of the Atlanta Archdiocese.


• 6-9 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration, St. George Catholic Church.

• 6:30 p.m., Tenebrae Service, Central Baptist Church.

• 7:30 p.m., Stations of the Cross, Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg.



Services on Maundy Thursday will include:

• 9 a.m.-noon, Eucharistic Adoration, St. George Catholic Church.

• noon, Holy Week Communion, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg.

• 6 p.m., Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St. George Catholic Church.

• 6-7 p.m., Holy Week Experience, contemporary worship center, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg.

• 6 p.m., Maundy Thursday, Luthersville United Methodist Church.


• 7 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Foot-washing ritual. Eucharistic Adoration to follow until 10:30 p.m.

• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Communion, First United Methodist Church, Newnan. The chancel choir and orchestra will present anthems based on parts of the Mass and the Lord’s Supper.

• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, Resurrection Lutheran Church.

• 7 p.m., Communion Service, Moreland United Methodist Church.

• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Worship, Senoia United Methodist Church.

• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Communion, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg.

• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Holy Communion, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City.

• 7:30 p.m., Maundy Thursday, Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg.

• 8 p.m., Spanish Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St. George Catholic Church. Foot washing.


Services on Good Friday will include:

• 10:30 a.m., Scriptural Rosary, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church.

• noon-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m., Individual/Family Communion, Central Baptist Church.

• noon, Good Friday Service, First United Methodist Church, Newnan.

• noon, Holy Week Communion, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg.

• noon, Community Good Friday Service, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Peachtree City.

• 12:10 p.m., “Seven Last Words,” St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church.

• 1 p.m., “Seven Last Words,” St. George Catholic Church.

• 2 p.m., Tenebrae, St. George Catholic Church. Tenebrae: Deacon Steve Swope will lead a special combination of the Office of Readings and Evening Prayer/Vespers.

• 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross Passion Play in Spanish, St. George Catholic Church.

• 3 p.m., Scriptural Stations of the Cross, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church.

• 6-7 p.m., Holy Week Experience, contemporary worship center, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg.

• 6-7:30 P.M., Fish/Chips Dinner, St. George Catholic Church. Plates, $5. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus.

• 6:30 p.m., Good Friday Communion, Providence Baptist Church, Providence Church Road.

• 7 p.m., Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church.

• 7 p.m., “Seven Last Words from the Cross,” Zion Hill Baptist Church, Pinson Street.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday, Resurrection Lutheran Church.

• 7 p.m. “The Seven Last Words,” Smith Chapel United Methodist Church.

• 7 p.m., Liturgy of the Lord's Passion and Death, St. George Catholic Church. Prayers and communion are planned.

• 7 p.m., Stations of the Cross, Southview Cemetery, Moreland. Sponsor: Moreland United Methodist Church.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday Worship, Senoia United Methodist Church.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday, First United Methodist Church, Grantville.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday Tenebrae, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday/Stripping of the Altar, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City.



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