The word “Tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial. This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise may also sound symbolizing the closing of Jesus’ tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the coming Resurrection.
All are welcome!
YOU ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE A SEDER For Maundy Thursday Date: March 24 Time: 6:00 PM Location: Fellowship Hall R.S.V.P. (Sign-up Sheet on Table next To Kitchen) This meal is a Christian version of the Jewish Passover Seder, or ritual meal, modified for use in families. It is most effective in teaching children (and parents, too) the tradition of Communion, a representation of the Last Supper of our Lord with his apostles.
Volunteers are needed to prepare the meal and participate as readers. RSVP/ sign-up sheet on table next to kitchen door.
It’s Fall Festival time at Empire United Methodist Church. On Saturday, Oct 24th at 4:30PM to 7:00PM you can
dig into a hearty Swiss Steak Dinner and shop at the United Methodist Women’s “Country Store”
On the menu: Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage. Each dinner is $12, and the family rate (parents and children) $28.
Browse the “Country Store” featuring home-made pies for the holidays, handmade crafts, attic treasures and fresh baked goods.
Join us for a great time of fellowship, a delicious meal and much more. For more information, call the church office at 231.326.5510 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scientifically, over time the body replenishes its cellular make up. Most of the cells that now make up your body were not a part of you when you were born. The materials for these new cells came from what you have eaten. Therefore, you are what you eat, but what constitutes our spiritual nature? What have you used to renew and construct your inner being? How do we build a healthy spiritual life?
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