Lent and Easter services

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, February 25th, 5:30 p.m.
This day is alternatively known as Mardi Gras. “Shrove” is from the old English for “absolve” meaning to seek forgiveness. It is the last day before Lent, which traditionally marked a fast from eating such things as rich foods. Therefore, households would throw one last big feast! We will enjoy each other’s company as we enjoy a good meal.


Ash Wednesday, Feb 26th, 6 p.m. Nursery provided. [Click here for worship bulletin.]
The Imposition of Ashes is an ancient rite that entails marking a person’s forehead (or back of the hand) with the sign of the cross in ashes as a reminder of mortality-from dust to dust, ashes to ashes. This is a somber and poignant service, which features contemplative music and time for self-introspection. Members of the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Saxapahaw have also been invited at the request of their pastor, the Rev. Ginny Taylor-Troutman.


Adult Sunday School – “Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys” beginning March 1st and continuing for every Sunday in March at 9:15 a.m. in the Hall for All
This class is available not only to parents of sons but anyone who hopes to create safe, nurturing, and creative community for boys. We will base our study on the book; e-mail Andrew to request a copy free of charge. But you don’t have to have read the material in order to participate in the discussion. This class is co-led by Andrew Taylor-Troutman and Jennifer Larson.


Contemplative Services, beginning March 2 and continuing every Monday to April 6, 6 p.m.
Andrew will lead our contemplative service every Monday night during Lent. This would be a great time to participate in one of these services for the first time! After two brief readings, participants have 20 minutes of silent meditation. We conclude with Communion. If you are seeking a little quiet devotional time during Lent, please join us.


Congregational Lent Retreat, March 13th-15th
The entire congregation is invited to participate. Building on a phrase from MLK, we will consider what it means to form “the beloved community” through the lens of Micah 6:8-do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. Our guest presenter and preacher is LaShauna Austria, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who works with Seeds of Change Consulting. LaShauna is the former executive director of Benevolence Farms. You can find more information about our guest presenter here.
Here is the  retreat schedule:
  • Friday, March 13th, 5 p.m. – Everyone gathers for an opening worship. Children and youth will eat first (with help of caregivers) then break into their age groups. Adults and teens will then have dinner together and LaShauna will facilitate guided discussions in which participants will be given the opportunity to share their stories about race and faith.
  • Saturday, March 14th, 9 a.m. – Participants will report directly to their workshops for different ages. We will come back together as a large group at 11:15 a.m. for worship, then lunch at 11:30. LaShauna will lead the adult workshop and help us to understand how our individual stories intersect with the larger story of race and faith in our current culture.
  • Sunday, March 15th, 10:30 a.m. – Worship will feature themes from Micah 6:8 and creating the beloved community in our world. LaShauna will preach. We have moved our Second Sunday potluck to this day in order to conclude our retreat with a meal together.
*All of the food for Friday and Saturday is provided with registration and $10 per family.   Click here to register.  It is worth saying again: everyone is invited!


Palm/Passion Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.
We begin our worship by remembering how Jesus entered Jerusalem and the crowds spread palm branches on the ground to lead the way for the coming King. Then, the worship service shifts as we remember that the same man hailed as the Messiah was crucified by the end of the same week. This worship service includes the adult, children, and bell choirs as well as Communion.


Maundy Thursday, April 9th, potluck, 5:30 p.m. and worship to follow at 6 p.m. with Communion. Nursery provided.
We gather for a potluck meal in the Hall for All. After eating, we will engage the story of Passover and how Jesus instituted the Last Supper with the disciples in the Upper Room. Children are included in this worship. There will be nursery provided for ages 4 and under.


Good Friday, April 10th, 6:30 p.m.  Nursery provided.
We remember the last seven words that Christ uttered while dying on the cross. This is a somber service that includes periods of silent reflection. After remembering how Christ died, we will leave the sanctuary in silence. There will be nursery provided for ages 4 and under.


Easter, April 12th, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
In anticipation of the large attendance, we will offer two services. These services have the same order for worship, including offerings from both the adult and bell choirs, as well as Communion. Note the change of time on the second service to accommodate the flow of traffic in and out of our parking lot.


Sunday, April 19th, 11:30 a.m. Potluck luncheon to celebrate Jordan Haywood’s ministry
Though not in Holy Week, I did want to highlight that April 19th will be our Duke intern’s last Sunday among us. We have moved the Second Sunday potluck luncheon to this week in order to celebrate Jordan’s ministry with us the past academic year.


All services will be held at Chapel in the Pines.  Everyone is welcome.