Easter observances continue today
by W. Winston Skinner
Today is Easter, the holiest day on the church calendar for Christians.
During Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, there have been numerous services and programs in Coweta churches. A flurry of activity during Holy Week included egg hunts for children, foot-washing rituals on Maundy Thursday and the recreation of the events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion by Spanish-speaking parishioners at St. George Catholic Church.
Good Friday is the traditional anniversary of the crucifixion, while Easter marks the date Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Many scholars believe Easter’s name comes from Ostara, a pagan Anglo-Saxon goddess, and some churches emphasize the biblical background of the holiday by calling today Resurrection Sunday.
Sunrise services will start before the sun rises – recalling visits by Jesus’ followers to the tomb. Several services will be outdoors, including one at the Greenville Street Park in downtown Newnan, a couple at area cemeteries and services at Resurrection Lutheran Church and Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church.
SUNRISE SERVICES ON THE CALENDAR INCLUDE:
• White Plains United Methodist Church, St. Marks/Hogansville, 6 a.m. Sponsored by White Plains and Louise United Methodist Church.
• Resurrection Lutheran Church, 7 a.m.
• Greenville Street Park, 7 a.m. A light breakfast will follow in the parish hall of First United Methodist Church.
• Sunnyside Baptist Church, 7 a.m. Linda Pike said there will be “breakfast served afterwards.”
• Northside Baptist Church, 7 a.m.
• Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, Roscoe, 7 a.m. Debra Tarleton said breakfast will “follow in the new fellowship hall.”
• Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg, 7 a.m.
• Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta, 7 a.m. Dr. Brian Wright will bring the message, and refreshments will be served. Breathtaking vistas from one of the highest points in the city will be on view while a pianist performs.
• New Hope Church, Wooster/Greenville, 7 a.m. Clint Whitlock, son of the church’s pastor, Kenneth Whitlock, will be preaching. Breakfast will follow the service.
• Providence Baptist Church, Providence Church Road, 7:30 a.m. Breakfast to follow at 8:15.
• Luthersville United Methodist Church, 7:30 a.m.
• Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 7:30 a.m. A light breakfast will follow the service.
• Resurrection Garden, Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park, 7:30 a.m. Thomas Houston will bring the message, and refreshments will be provided.
• Bexton Road Baptist Church, Moreland, 8 a.m.
OTHER EVENTS SCHEDULED TODAY INCLUDE:
• Easter Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 8 a.m.
• Festal Holy Eucharist with music, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 8 a.m.
• Testimonial Service, East Newnan Baptist Church, 8 a.m. June Harris said continental breakfast is scheduled at 9 a.m.
• Easter Service, Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg, 8 a.m.
• Holy Communion/Easter Music, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, 8:15 a.m.
• Easter Holy Communion, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 8:30 a.m.
• Easter Worship, Newnan Presbyterian Church, 8:30 a.m. The Flowering of the Cross will follow.
• “It is Finished,” cantata, First Baptist Church, Moreland, 8:30 a.m.
• Egg Hunt, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 9:15 a.m. Participants will gather near the outdoor altar. The hunt is for ages 10 and younger and is sponsored by the youth of St. Paul’s.
• Easter Communion, Liberty Christian Church, 10 a.m. “We will have a breakfast for all who want to attend at 9 a.m.,” Jimmy Walker said.
The communion service will be “open to anyone who wants to participate” and will be part of a “wonderful worship experience and fellowship,” he said.
Mary Jane Miles said the service will include “special music by The Liberty Singers.”
• Easter Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 10 a.m.
• Easter Service/Program, Providence Baptist Church, Summers-McKoy Road, 10 a.m. Egg hunt to follow.
• Flowering of the Cross, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, prior to 10:30 a.m. service. Worshippers will bring blooms and greenery to place on the cross which will be located by the entrance to the narthex.
• Festal Holy Eucharist with incense, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10:30 a.m.
• “Let Your Glory Shine!,” musical message, Ramah First Baptist Church, Palmetto, 10:30 a.m.
• Easter Worship, First United Methodist Church, Newnan, 10:55 a.m. The Carol Choir will be singing, and the Young Ringers will also share their musical talents.
• Easter Worship, Central Baptist Church, 10:55 a.m. Worshippers will bring flowers from their yards to decorate a cross in front of the sanctuary. A string quartet will play during the service. The choir will sing “Alleluias” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
• Easter Worship, Newnan Presbyterian Church, 10:55 a.m. The Flowering of the Cross will follow.
• Flowering of the Cross, Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, Roscoe, just before 11 a.m. service. “Everyone is asked to bring flowers to decorate the cross on the front lawn,” Tartleton said. Sunday school will not be held.
• Easter Holy Communion, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.
• “Grace That Amazes,” cantata, White Oak First Baptist Church, 11 a.m. The Easter musical was created by Claire Cloninger and arranged and orchestrated by Lari Gos.
• “It is Finished,” cantata, First Baptist Church, Moreland, 11 a.m.
• Holy Communion/Easter Music, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, 11 a.m.
• Easter Program, Bethel Heard Baptist Church, Franklin, 11 a.m.
• Fantastic Fifth Sunday, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 11 a.m. The church is planning special services for each fifth Sunday in 2013. For Easter, there will be an emphasis on children. Ally Montgomery, 4, will sing “Jesus Loves the Little Children.”
• Spanish Easter Mass, St. George Catholic Church, noon.
• Easter Program, Elim Baptist Church, Bud Davis Road, 3 p.m. An egg hunt will follow the service.
Tomorrow will be Easter Monday. There will be Mass at St. George Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. followed by Eucharistic Adoration until noon.
There will also be Eucharistic Adoration from 6-9 p.m. Catholics will begin the liturgical season of Easter which lasts for 50 days until Pentecost, which is May 19 this year.