Welcome to Mars Hill United Methodist Church. Here, we welcome and celebrate every child of God without exception.

As we prepare to observe the most joyous season of the Christian year, we welcome and invite you to join us in our observances of Holy Week and celebration of Easter.

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The week of observances leading to the Christ’s death and resurrection, Holy Week, begins with Palm Sunday and continues through Maundy or Holy Thursday and Good Friday. It is from this pivotal week that the Church derives its deepest ritual, theological and missional life — everything we do in our collective worship, our doctrine and our mission as a Church is rooted in, leads to and springs from Holy Week.

  • It is during Holy Week that the life and mission of Jesus Christ meet their biggest test as Jesus stares directly into the face of the structures of sin and the powers of death and remains true to his calling and the work of his Father’s kingdom.

  • On Good Friday, Jesus is executed by crucifixion. And on the third day, we encounter the resurrection, where God raises Christ from death in a sure and certain pledge of raising all of us who are found in him.

In Holy Week, everything is here — life, sin, love, death, with life and love overcoming sin and death. This week remembers, enacts, and participates in the hope of the renewing of all creation, starting with our lives and loves, here and now. 

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
— the mystery of faith

Join Us for Holy Week + Easter Services

No matter who you are or where you’re from, you are welcome here. We invite and welcome you to join us as we commemorate Jesus Christ’s last week on earth prior to his crucifixion and resurrection. And, we celebrate the ways in which you enrich our collective worship whether you’re a first-time visitor or life-long member.

Palm Sunday
April 14

Join us for Sunday School at 9:45 am, Worship at 11 am and our monthly luncheon to immediately follow the morning worship service at noon. The Horizon Brass ensemble will perform at the 11 am service

Also known as Passion Sunday, Palm Sunday commemorates the beginning and the end of Christ’s final week in Jerusalem. During the service, we move from a triumphal procession (with palms) and its stirring of hope as our entrance rite to hearing of a very different sort of procession, one in which Jesus was forced marched and crucified, to conclude it.

Lenten Prayer
April 15

Join Lisa for prayer and discernment at 7:30 pm. This will mark our last Lenten Prayer for 2019.

During this season of Lent, Lisa extended the opportunity to join a Lenten Prayer and discernment group as we collectively moved through the wake of the recent Special Session of the General Conference.

Holy Thursday
April 18

Join us for a Holy Thursday Tenebrae service at 12:30 pm.

We invite and welcome you to join us at 12:30 pm Thursday to mark the solemn occasion with anthems, Psalms, readings and reflections in addition to Holy Communion.

Holy Thursday
or the Thursday just prior to Easter marks the last conversation Jesus has with his disciples, a conversation grounded in what he calls a new commandment. On this day, Jesus illustrates and underscores the new commandment by washing their feet: “Love one another as I have loved you.” 

Join us for our joint Easter Sunrise Service with Calvary Baptist Church at 7 am followed by Sunday School at 9:45 am and Worship at 11 am.

  • Our own Lisa will be preaching at the joint sunrise service.

  • If you wish, bring flowers to adorn the Resurrection Cross outside the church

  • Music at our 11 am will be accompanied by two flautists

Easter Sunrise services are an early morning service built upon the framework of the Great Vigil of Easter. The service moves from contemplation to celebration. Our Easter Sunday will include a service of word and sacrament, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday is the principal Easter Sunday morning service of word and sacrament celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and ushering in the Easter Season, also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, which begin on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. It is during Eastertide that we celebrate the most joyous season of the Christian year, rooted in the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace.

Easter Sunday
April 21

On the Crucifixion: Behold the Savior of Mankind

Behold the Savior of mankind nailed to the shameful tree; how vast the love that him inclined to bleed and die for thee! Hark how he groans! while nature shakes, and earth’s strong pillars bend! The temple’s veil in sunder reads, the solid marbles rend. ‘This done! the precious ransom’s paid!” Receive my soul!” he cries; see where he bows his sacred head! He bows his head and dies! But soon he’ll break death’s envious chain and in full glory shine. O Lamb of God, was ever pain, was ever love like thine?
— Rev. Samuel Wesley

Found on page 293 in the United Methodist Hymnal and written by Samuel Wesley (1662-1735), Behold the Savior of Mankind is one of the few relics of his papers found after the fire which destroyed the Epworth rectory during the night of February 9, 1709, when his son young John Wesley, was rescued as a “brand plucked out of the burning.” It was first printed in John Wesley’s hymnbook A Collection of Psalms and Hymns (Charleston, 1737) un the title “On the Crucifixion.”

You are welcome here! We invite you to join us for Holy Week + Easter.

Mars Hill United Methodist Church
201 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754


(from the United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries)