Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week for United Methodists around the world. Some elements of Holy Week observation are common across The United Methodist Church: Palm Sunday processions, Maundy Thursday communion services, Good Friday commemorations, and Easter Sunday celebrations, perhaps with rousing singing of Charles Wesley's great Easter hymn, "Christ the Lord is Risen Today." Some elements vary, however: the other hymns or praise songs that will be sung, whether animals are involved in the Palm Sunday procession, whether to do a foot washing on Maundy Thursday, how to commemorate Good Friday - a noontime service? the seven last words?
This leads to discussion then: What commonalities and diversities do we as United Methodists have in our Holy Week observation? What does it mean to observe Holy Week as a United Methodist in many nations around the world?
GBGM has offered a few suggestions for how to sing Easter as a global denomination: http://www.umcmission.org/Find-Resources/Sing-World-Round-at-Easter
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