Easter festivities set for weekend

MORGANTOWN — Easter Sunday falls this weekend.

For Christians, the observance culminates Holy Week, with all of Christ’s sacrifice, suffering and triumph tied therein.

It began last weekend with Palm Sunday, the day that people heralded Jesus’ arrival into Jerusalem with the waving of palms as he passed by.

Palm Sunday begets today’s Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper with the Disciples.

Good Friday is marked as the day Christ suffered and died on the cross for the sins of mankind.

Christians also keep vigil Saturday for the pending resurrection on Easter Sunday: Triumph from tragedy.

Here’s a list of Easter services across the region:

MAUNY THURSDAYSandy Creek Congregation Church of the Brethren will host the traditional Brethren Love Feast at 6:30 p.m.

Hazelton Church will provide an Easter Communion Service at 9 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Info: Pastor Barry M. Adkins, 304-288-5757.

Covenant Evangelical Methodist Church, 802 Green Bag Road, will have Maundy Thursday Service at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Info: 304-292-6050.

The First Presbyterian Church will host a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m., which will be led by John A. Bolt, senior executive director of WVU Communications.

Avery United Methodist Church will have Maundy Thursday service — The New Covenant at 7 p.m. and will share in Holy Communion.

A Maundy Thursday Charge-Wide Service will be held at Harner Chapel United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Pastor Lynda Masters will lead the service entitled “Night of Love.”

Morgantown Church of the Brethren will have the traditional “Love Feast” at 6 p.m., which includes meditation and music, a simple meal, a foot-washing ritual and communion.

GOOD FRIDAYForks-of-Cheat Baptist Church will hold Candlelight Communion Services at 7:30 p.m.

Sandy Creek Congregation Church of the Brethren will present an Easter Cantata at 7 p.m., at Hazelton Church.

Covenant Evangelical Methodist Church will have a Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Avery United Methodist Church will hold a Good Friday service — The Promise Broken? at 7 p.m.

Terra Alta Church of the Nazarene will host Good Friday Services at 7 p.m.

Christian & Missionary Alliance Church will have Good Friday services at 8 p.m.

EASTER SUNDAYForks-of-Cheat Baptist Church will have 10 a.m. Sunday school and 11 a.m. worship services.

Nicholson Chapel will have a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service with special speaker the Rev. Randy McDonald. Info: Linda, 304-296-1596.

Clifton Church will hold the Easter Sunrise Service followed by refreshments at 6:30 a.m., at the Sandy Creek Congregation Church of the Brethren.

Covenant Evangelical Methodist Church will have a Resurrection Sunday Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. and a Morning Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

The Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley will lead the 11 a.m. service of Worship and Holy Communion at the First Presbyterian Church.

Avery United Method-ist Church will have Easter worship services at 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Harner Chapel United Methodist Church will hold Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. with Pastor Julia Wilson coordinating the service.

Harner Chapel United Methodist Church will celebrate Easter Worship Services at 11 a.m. Pastor Lynda Masters will present the sermon, “Just Before Dawn: A Glimpse of Resurrection.”

Terra Alta Church of the Nazarene will have a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service, a 7 a.m. breakfast, 8 a.m. Sunday school and 9 a.m. morning worship.

Christian & Missionary Alliance Church will have a family Easter breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by an Easter Celebration Service at 10:30 a.m.

Morgantown Church of the Brethren will have Easter morning brunch at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Easter service at 10 a.m. All are invited.

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