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LENT & HOLY WEEK

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Join us for a forty-day season of preparation for Easter.

Sunday services @ 10am at Drew Elementary
All other services at Greenbrier Baptist Church
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ASH WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, February 14, 7am & 7pm  |  Greenbrier Baptist Church

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We enter the season of Lent together by receiving ashes and remembering our mortality. The morning and evening services are identical and run about an hour, offering ashes and holy Eucharist.

LENT RETREAT

Saturday, March 16, 9a-12p  |  RSVP for address

“We Rejoice in Our Sufferings”: Learning from the Witness of the African Church
Why is it that those who have experienced tremendous suffering can also carry with them great depths of joy? What are some of the reasons for resiliency of faith seen in those who have walked through great pain but still wholeheartedly affirm the goodness of God? During this retreat we will get to know a community of Christians living in extreme poverty in Nairobi, Kenya. Through listening, prayer, and contemplation, we will learn from their resilient faith and personal experience of God’s presence. Led by the Rev. Dr. Erin Clifford-Riese on Saturday, March 16, 9am-12pm, at a home in Arlington Ridge.

RSVP here!

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST

Every Wednesday @ 12pm, beginning Feb 21  |  Greenbrier Baptist

A brief service of communion lasting about 30 minutes. Afterward, the sanctuary will remain open until 2pm for quiet prayer. Offered in partnership with Coracle.

PALM SUNDAY

Sunday, March 24 @ 10am  |  Drew Elementary

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We re-enact Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, beginning our worship outside by waving palms, singing songs, and crying Hosanna. Over the course of the service, those cries will turn to "crucify him!" as we begin our Holy Week journey toward the cross. 

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Thursday, March 28 @ 7pm  |  Greenbrier Baptist Church

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We remember Jesus' last supper with his disciples through a service of foot-washing and communion. This service is tactile, beautiful, and deeply moving. At the conclusion of the evening, we will receive our last communion until Easter and then strip the altar, cover the cross, and extinguish all candles in the sanctuary.

GOOD FRIDAY

Friday, March 29  |  Greenbrier Baptist Church
All day: Outdoor self-guided Stations of the Cross
12pm: Tenebrae in the sanctuary
1-5pm: Confession and quiet prayer in the sanctuary

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Stations of the Cross (all day): Self-guided outdoor Stations of the Cross will be available all day along the 7th Rd S sidewalk at Greenbrier Baptist. These contemporary stations include artwork by Scott Erickson and options for self-guided liturgies in both English and Spanish.

Tenebrae (12pm): We remember Jesus' suffering and death through a Tenebrae service marking the hour of Jesus' crucifixion. Tenebrae is Latin for "shadows" and is a service of light and darkness, sound and silence. Sensory note: this service becomes increasingly dark as we extinguish candles, and includes a very loud noise toward the end.

Confession and Prayer (1-5pm): Greenbrier's sanctuary will be open from 1-5pm for quiet prayer and/or confession with a priest. Candles will be available for lighting as an act of prayer. If you would like to schedule a time for confession, please email Katie or Amy, or simply show up. We use the Reconciliation of Penitents liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer (p. 223). 

HOLY SATURDAY

Saturday, March 30 at home

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This is a day when we sit in the silence of Christ’s death. It’s an opportunity to reflect and mourn all the places in the world where God seems absent. We encourage you to be deliberate about the things you watch or do or say today. We offer the following suggestions for how to spend Holy Saturday:
 
Something to pray: Join us at 9am on Zoom for a brief Holy Saturday prayer service. We will follow the Holy Saturday liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer (p. 578). Join here.

Something to see: We have prepared a guide to several works of sacred art in the National Gallery of Art, paired with readings from Julian of Norwich. View the gallery guide online here, or pick up print copies throughout Holy Week. 

Something to hear: Spend the evening listening to St. Matthew's Passion. It’s long. It’s beautiful. Turn up the sound. Light a candle. Allow the music to wash over you. Many people listen as they prepare and eat the lentil soup below.

Something to eat: Join our community in a collective fast until sundown as we remember Christ's death and pray for ourselves, our community, and our world. And whether or not you choose to fast, make lentil soup with vinegar for supper, remembering the bitter gall offered to Jesus on the cross. Recipe here. This has become a treasured Incarnation tradition.

EASTER SUNDAY

Sunday, March 31 @ 10am  |  Drew Elementary

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We rejoice! Join us at 10am for an in-person Easter celebration complete with baptisms! Bring flowers and greenery from your garden for kids to adorn the sanctuary. Bring your Incarnation bells to ring for the first alleluias of the Easter season. And bring an Easter dish to share for a community Easter feast after the service! (Don't know what to bring? We suggest last name A-D bring beverages; E-L sweets; M-Z savories.)
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