Cover It Is Finished Musical

Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service

Cover It Is Finished Musical
This Holy Week, come join our Worship Choir as they present Mary McDonald’s powerful work, “It Is Finished,” in collaboration with the Joy Paige Dance Company of Cary. This beautiful musical work will be choreographed by Sarah Otto from the Graceful Expressions Dance Company in Cary.
This worship experience will be on Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at Woodhaven, 4000 Kildaire Farm Road in Apex. Community members, guests and friends are welcomed.
Tenebrae is a special service for Holy Week that is held on any of the three days prior to Easter: Wednesday, Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. Tenebrae comes from Latin meaning “shadows” or “darkness.” The service makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through his burial.
This increasing darkness foreshadows Jesus’ approaching death and of the hopelessness that will be in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness with worshipers leaving in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and to await the coming Resurrection. Come, worship with us as we experience Christ’s journey to the cross through music and interpretive dance!

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Jesus Sculpture

Lead Me to the Cross

Jesus Sculpture
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 weekdays leading up to Easter. Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians follow Jesus’ pattern of fasting and reflection in the desert for 40 days.
Fasting is a common Lenten discipline due to Jesus’ example in the desert and in recognition of the instructions on fasting that Jesus relayed to His followers (e.g., Matthew 6:16-18). Whereas Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after His death on the cross, Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion.
Observing a period of reflection in preparation for our remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on Good Friday is certainly an appropriate Christian practice. Woodhaven has printed some copies of the Lenten Devotional Guide prepared by students of Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. They’re available in the lobby outside the sanctuary. If you prefer to read online, you can download the guide here.
 

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Balloons in clear sky over Woodhaven steeple

Happy Birthday, Woodhaven!

Balloons in clear sky over Woodhaven steeple
Help us celebrate 30 years on Sept. 5. We’ll kick off our Wednesdays at Woodhaven with a birthday party and lots of other good things. 
 
Dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m. with cake and ice cream at 5:55 p.m. (The usual meal charges will apply.) 
 
At 6 p.m., we’ll enjoy stories, a trivia contest and more. Then at 6:20 p.m., we’ll unwrap what’s new this fall. (The Worship Choir will rehearse as usual at 6:45 p.m.)
 
Sign up on the communication card in the Sunday bulletin or here.

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