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What Wondrous Love: Exploring Holy Week Through The Art of John August Swanson

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- Agony in the Garden by John August Swanson

Each Thursday in Lent (2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17) we will gather at 6:30 pm for a simple supper. At 7pm we will watch a short clip from a DVD that wills serve as a prompt for our conversation. The program will then end promptly at 8pm. Each week we will consider a key passage related to Holy Week - the last days of Jesus' ministry, his death and his ressurection. The reflections we will watch have been prepared by members of the faculty at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. The art of John August Swanson, as reflected on by Candler faculty, will then provide a jumping off point for our conversations. Each week is a stand-alone session, so feel free to come regardless of whether you can commit to them all!

The Raising of Lazarus

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- Take Away The Stone by John August Swanson

So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. “I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

John 11:38-44

The Entry Into Jerusalem

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- Entry Into The City by John August Swanson

As they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, and said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. “If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ you say, ‘The Lord has need of it’;

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Jesus Washes The Disciples’ Feet

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- Washing of the Feet by John August Swanson

Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.

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The Last Supper

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- Last Supper by John August Swanson

Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.”’” The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.

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