Palm Sunday Service to Raise Funds for Feeding Hungry

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March 23, 2015  Grand Haven, Michigan.  Palm Sunday Service to Raise Funds for Feeding Hungry

When Holy Week for Christians begins on March 29, two area churches will be coming together for the second year in a row to provide a musical devotion known as “Tenebrae—A Service of Shadows.”

The St. John's Nave lit by candles for a worship service.
The St. John’s Nave lit by candles for a worship service.

This year, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven will host the event on Palm Sunday, March 29, at 6:00pm, their choir being joined by the choir of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake. The choirs will present a series of musical meditations on Christ’s passion, interspersed with the traditional Scripture readings and prayers from the Tenebrae liturgy. The rector of St. John’s, Father Jared Cramer, and the pastor of St. Mary’s, Father David Gross, will both be leading the service together.

“Last year, St. Mary’s hosted us for this service. It was powerful to look out at the pews and see faces from both our churches alongside of Christians from many denominations in our area,” said Father Cramer. “The music from these choirs, set alongside these ancient prayers and Scripture readings, provide a powerful context from which to begin Holy Week.”

The free-will offering last year benefited the music programs at both churches, but this year the directors of the choir have decided that free-will offering will go somewhere else: the Loving Spoonfuls’ meal ministry at St. John’s. The church feeds between 30–40 people on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings every single week through Loving Spoonfuls. The churches hope that the musical devotion of Tenebrae will inspire those who attend to reach out and make a difference in alleviating suffering right here in the Tri-Cities.

March 23, 2015

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