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On Faith: Stations of the Cross Walk to highlight Holy Week

CorrespondentApril 15, 2014 

A Good Friday walk of the Stations of the Cross around Chapel Hill, followed by a cantata will highlight Holy Week worship services and activities at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St.

The walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the church's front lawn.

Each station in town will recall an account from scripture of the suffering of Jesus on his way to the cross, as well as an account of suffering in the Chapel Hill community. This is a way to acknowledge the church's hope for the healing of all wounds.

At 7:30 p.m., the Chancel Choir and soloists will present “The Crucifixion,” a cantata by English composer and organist John Stainer. Child care will be available.

Other Holy Week activities at UUMC include worship services at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Holy Thursday. The services will commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples with washing of feet, Holy Communion and stripping and shrouding the altar.

Child care will be available for the evening service to be held in the sanctuary. The afternoon service will take place in the chapel.

On Easter Sunday, the church will hold three worship services. A sunrise service is set at 6:30 a.m. in the courtyard in front of the church. Two identical worship services at 9 and 11 a.m. will include Holy Communion, a sermon by the Rev. Carl King, as well as the sounds of trumpets, timpani and organ and many voices singing Handel's “Hallelujah Chorus.”

‘Love one another’

United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will celebrate Maundy Thursday remembering the new covenant Jesus gave to his followers: “That you love one another.”

The Rev. Jenny Shultz will lead the 7:30 p.m. service and the Chancel Choir will sing.

The church has a Good Friday family service at 5 p.m. in which the congregation, led by the Rev. Susan Steinberg, will visit different places in the facility or grounds to participate in scenes from the last days of Jesus in Jerusalem. Along the journey, participants will hear from characters, sing songs, pray and remember. The event is designed for all ages.

The Good Friday Taize evening service at 7:30 p.m. will be quiet and meditative and organized around congregational singing from the liturgies of the Taize Christian Community, an international and ecumenical community based in the village of Taize in Southern France.

Easter Sunday begins with a 7 a.m. sunrise service in the Memorial Garden. Breakfast will follow the service at 7:30 a.m.

Between the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services, worshipers are invited to bring an Easter bread, coffeecake, fruit or brunch-type finger foods to share. Tables with coffee and tea are provided.

Special music for the two Easter worship services will include the United Voices of Praise, a gospel choir and an a capella group called Crooked Creek. Also, the Brass Ensemble will play. The Rev. Richard Edens will preach at both services and the 11 a.m. service will have American Sign language interpretation.

All are welcome.

Yom HaShoah

The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish community’s Yorn HaShoah commemoration will be held this year from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill.

The program features the personal story of Abe Piasek. He grew up in the small Polish town of Bialobrzegi, just south of Warsaw. In 1940, when he was just 12 years old, most of the 1,500 Jews in his hometown were either killed outright or deported to the concentration camps of Maidanek and Treblinka.

It was the last time Abe saw his family and even today, he does not know what happened to his mother or his younger sister, Anna. Over the next five years, Abe was held by the Nazis in the camps at Radom, Auschwitz and Weinhausen (Germany), among other places, before being liberated by American troops near Dachau in 1945.

In 1947, he came to the United States where he married and became a professional baker. He has lived in California and Florida and now makes his home in Raleigh.

The program also will include the recognition of the winners of the Durham-Chapel Hill Federation’s Holocaust essay contest for young people, recognition of other local Holocaust survivors and period songs performed by the Triangle Jewish Chorale.

The event is free and open to the public.

Gospel Explosion

Haw River Missionary Baptist Church, 1099 Mt. Gilead Road, Pittsboro, will hold its annual Gospel Explosion May 2-4.

Groups and choirs in the area are invited to perform and the public is invited to the events.

The times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

You can reach Flo Johnston at flo.johnston314@gmail.com

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