LENT, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

Lent is a time of preparation and reflection for Christians as we await the Resurrection of the Lord. Lent includes the 40 days (Sundays not included) before Easter. It includes Passion/Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. 

Lenten Gratitude Calendar 

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. We will start the season together in worship at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening in the sanctuary with scripture, songs and the imposition of ashes. We hope you will join us and invite your friends and neighbors.

This year we have adapted a Lenten gratitude calendar with daily prompts encouraging us each day to give thanks. The calendar can be found online and outside the sanctuary), and the prompts will be posted on Facebook each day. We so often focus on what we do not have rather than giving thanks for what we do. The hope is that shifting our focus during Lent will help us respond to God’s abundant grace all around. Seeing a world of abundance allows us to act in love and generosity. Seeing a world of scarcity moves us to act out of fear and greed. We hope you will participate in this Lenten practice by setting aside time to offer prayers of thanksgiving and to share some of your gratitude through comments on Facebook.

Blessings on your Lenten journey.


Ash Wednesday Service - 6:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Worship and Imposition of Ashes

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days (Sundays not included) before Easter. This is a traditional service with imposition of ashes. Child care is available. For more information please call 901-726-4681.


Holy Week - 2019

PASSION/PALM SUNDAY
8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

For the 11:00 service, the Call to Worship begins in the garth as we shout a joyous “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” Bells ring as we celebrate Jesus's entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11) and process into the sanctuary. (If you aren't able to process, feel free to sit in the sanctuary.) The worship service ends on a somber note as we anticipate the events to come during Holy Week.

MAUNDY THURSDAY COMMUNION SERVICE
7:00 p.m.

Christ’s commandment given at the Last Supper is that his disciples should love one another. This service marks the night our Lord was betrayed. Childcare available in the library.

GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE
7:00 p.m.

This beautiful, somber service of traditional music, scripture and prayer commemorates Christ’s death and burial. The people depart in darkness to await the brightness of the Day of Resurrection. Childcare available in the library.

 


Easter Morning Services at Idlewild

EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES  
8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Hallelujah! Christ is risen from the dead!

The Resurrection is celebrated Easter morning with worship services in the sanctuary at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. The services are identical. Each will be preceded by 15 minutes (8:15 and 10:45, respectively) of prelude music by a brass quartet, and will feature joyful hymns, anthems and voluntaries accompanied by brass, timpani and organ. Nursery care is available and Children’s Church Continued for PK/JK will be held, but all children are always welcome in worship!

Family-oriented activities will be held in the T.K. Young Room during Sunday school time (9:40-10:40). No Sunday school classes.

One Great Hour of Sharing offering is received on Easter. For 70 years, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world. Your generous gifts help provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. One Great Hour of Sharing supports: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self- Development of People.

Give Easter lilies for the sanctuary! They can be given in memory or honor of friends and loved ones. Names will be printed in the bulletin. Individual acknowledgements will not be made. Each lily is $10.

 

  


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