Students focus on Jesus' life during Holy Week

Posted March 29, 2010 In a world full of distractions, Abilene Christian University students are focusing on the most important story in Christianity this week, widely referred to as Holy Week.  Leading up to Easter, students will participate in chapel services centered on the life of Christ.

"Remembering the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is core to our practice as a Christian community," says Mark Lewis, ACU's assistant dean for Spiritual Life and Chapel Programs. "In this time of focus on the final events of the life of Jesus Christ, we hope to encourage the ACU community to draw nearer to our Father, to celebrate all he has done for us as his children, and to be renewed and re-commissioned through the 'Good News' of Jesus' resurrection."

Holy Week chapel opens Monday, March 29, with Russ Kirby speaking on "The Triumphal Entry." Kirby is ACU’s director of Student Services. Tuesday, students will hear from Randy Harris, an instructor in the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry at ACU. His lecture is titled "The Upper Room."

On Wednesday, March 31, students and faculty can participate in a Taize-style worship service called "Gethsemane," facilitated by Dr. Jack Reese, dean of the College of Biblical Studies, and Dr. Stephen Johnson, assistant professor of preaching. Thursday's chapel service will feature a "readers' theater" on "The Cross," facilitated by Dr. Jeanene Reese, director for the ACU Center for Women in Christian Service.

After the Easter holiday, Dr. Vic McCracken, assistant professor of theology and ethics, will lead a special "Resurrection Celebration" worship service.
For more information about ACU's chapel programs, visit the Chapel website.

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