Local churches plan Holy Week services, events
Holy Week begins in a few days, and local churches will host events commemorating Palm Sunday through Good Friday and then the celebration of Easter on April 20.
Temple Baptist Church will hold its first Stations of the Cross in its fellowship hall April 18, which is Good Friday. Christians observe Good Friday as the day that Jesus Christ was crucified. Stations of the Cross mark Jesus’ journey to the cross.
Temple Baptist’s Stations of the Cross will be available as a multi-sensory experience from noon to 9 p.m. April 18 at the church. Deitra Arrington-Cates, minister of music at Temple, explained some of the station interactions. For the second station, when Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, participants will take a cup of water and pour it in a bucket.
“As you pour out the water from the cup, let it symbolize the pouring out of any distractions or hesitations that might prevent you from experiencing the presence of Christ today,” she said.
At station five, The Nails, participants imagine the pain Jesus felt as the nails were hammered into his hands and feet.
“As each hammer strike echoed, Jesus felt physical pain and spiritual pain, experiencing the weight of the world’s sins,” Arrington-Cates said. Participants pick up a hammer and strike a nail three times, signifying the nails Jesus took, and are to “thank God for his grace that forgives all our sins.” There are nine stations.
Also during Holy Week at Temple Baptist, the adult choir and soloists will present a cantata, “Wondrous Love” by Lloyd Larson, during its l1 a.m. service Sunday, which is Palm Sunday. They will be accompanied by strings and percussion. Narrators are Peggy Davis-Gold and the Rev. Mark Mofield, who will share Scripture passages. Organist is Vangie Poe. Arrington-Cates, who will conduct the cantata, said it is the “Passion story of Christ, a love story of God sending his one and only son -- the holy lamb of God -- to redeem all of humanity in a sacrificial act of love so that we might be eternally united with the creator of the universe.
“This was a love of the eternal God that was so great that it prompted the willing sacrifice of His own son, Jesus,” she said.
Temple Baptist is at 4504 Sterling Drive in Durham.
Other local churches events for Holy Week:
‘He Is Alive’ drama, egg hunt at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
-- Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 S. Alston Ave., Durham, will celebrate Easter on April 20 with a play presented by the Drama Ministry. The play is titled “He Is Alive” and will include drama, dance and music. The service starts at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast.
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist also will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at noon April 19 for children ages 2 to 12. There will be hot dogs served after the hunt. The Rev. Cornelius E. Battle Sr is pastor. For information, call the church at 919-596-2131.
Palm processional at Christus Victor Lutheran
-- Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E. NC 54, Durham, will hold special Palm Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Congregants will process into the church waving palm branches and singing “All Glory Laud and Honor.” Other Holy Week events include Way of the Cross at 7 p.m. April 16, Service of the Last Supper and Stripping of the Altar at 7 p.m. April 17, and Service of the Word at noon and Tenebrae service at 8 p.m. April 18. On Easter, Christus Victor will hold a sunrise service at 6 a.m., breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and Festive Service of Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. April 20. For information, visit www.christus-victor.org/.
Palm Sunday, Stations of the Cross processionals downtown
-- On Palm Sunday, children and adults from First Presbyterian Church, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and Trinity United Methodist Church will gather in the First Presbyterian parking lot, 305 E. Main St., Durham, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday to bless palms. They will proceed around the block together, waving palm branches, stopping in front of each of the participating churches to bless the on-going ministries of those churches. Then churchgoers will disperse to their churches for the 11 a.m. worship services.
On Good Friday, April 18, First Presbyterian and St. Philip’s will partner again for a family-friendly Stations of the Cross service that begins at St. Philip’s Episcopal, 403 E. Main St., Durham, includes mediation on Holy Week Scripture and ends and First Presbyterian.
Maundy Thursday, Tenebrae at First Presbyterian
-- First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham, will hold a Maundy Thursday worship service with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. April 17 to commemorate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. Child care will be available. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. On Good Friday, April 18, “Songs of Darkness —Tenebrae Factae Sunt,” will consist of musical offerings of motets from the 16th century to the present day with psalms and prayer and will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. On Sunday, April 20, Easter services will include a brief service in the Memorial Garden at 9 a.m., and a worship service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Both will include communion. For information, call the church at 919-682-5511.
‘Easter Carol’ at Community Baptist
-- Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, Durham, will present a Lenten drama, cantata and praise dance performance called “Easter Carol” at 5 p.m. Sunday. Young adults will lead a Lenten service at 6:15 a.m. April 16. For information, call the church at 919-544-1319.
St. Luke Passion, Stations of the Cross at Duke Chapel
-- The Duke Chapel Choir will perform the U.S. premiere of the “St. Luke Passion” by Scottish composer James MacMillan on Palm Sunday, April 13, at 4 p.m. Other performers include the Durham’s Children Choir, Riverside High School Sirens and Orchestra Pro Cantores. Tickets are $20 general admission; $5 students. They are available at 919-684-4444.
Holy Week at Duke Chapel on Duke University’s West Campus includes daily noon services in the Memorial Chapel Monday through April 18.
A foot washing service in the Memorial Chapel will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 17, and at 7:30 p.m. April 18 a Maundy Thursday service in the Chapel nave. Before the noon service on Good Friday, April 18, there will be a procession of the Stations of the Cross on the Duke Chapel lawn. At 7:30 p.m. April 18 is the Good Friday service of Tenebrae. Easter services on April 20 will be held at 6:30 a.m. in Duke Gardens, then at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Duke Chapel.
Musical, egg hunt, Good Friday at Bahama Baptist
-- Bahama Baptist Church’s worship choir and drama cast will perform “You Thought of Us,” a musical arranged by Camp Kirkland, at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bahama Baptist, 1747 Willardville Station Road in Bahama. Christopher Clark is the music and worship leader. Other activities for Easter include a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. April 18, an Easter Egg Hunt from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 19, and Easter Sunday services at 8 a.m. followed by a pot luck breakfast and worship service at 10:30 a.m. April 20. For information, call the church at 919-471-3181.
Holy Week at St. Joseph’s Episcopal
-- St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Center at Duke University will observe Holy Week with services at St. Joseph’s, 1902 W. Main St. in Durham. Morning prayer services will be held at 7:30 a.m. Monday through April 18, evening prayer at 5:30 p.m. Monday through April 17, daily and Holy Eucharist at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Holy Eucharist will also be held at 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday and Easter, April 20. A Tenebrae service will be held at 6 p.m. April 16, and a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. April 17. Good Friday liturgy will be held at 6 p.m. April 18, and Holy Saturday liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. April 19. An Easter vigil will be held at 8:30 p.m. April 19.