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Holy Week @ GPC - Maundy Thursday


Maundy Thursday Service, April 2nd
Dinner @ 5:15 pm // Worship @ 6:00 pm

Join us for an Ecumenical Maundy Thursday service.  You are welcome to join us for an agape meal at 5:15 pm in our fellowship hall that will include dishes inspired by Mediterranean culture.  Following the meal, our Maundy Thursday service will take us with Jesus to the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and into the garden to remember Jesus’ prayers for us.  For those planning to join us for the meal, please RSVP to the church office by Monday, March 30th.

Merciful God, as we enter Holy Week
and gather at your house of prayer,
turn our hearts again to Jerusalem,
to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
that united with Christ and all the faithful
we may one day enter in triumph
the city not made by human hands,
the new Jerusalem, eternal in the heavens,
where with you and the Holy Spirit,
Christ lives in glory forever.  Amen.
-a prayer from the Book of Common Worship

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