Lenten and Easter Season
Lent is a time to prepare for our journey with Christ to the cross. It is a good time for self reflection and to give up those things that get in the way of our relationship with God. It’s an even better time to enter into spiritual disciplines that allow us to build our spiritual bodies and the whole body of Christ.
Wednesday Weekly Communion Services
The Lenten season begins a special time at First Presbyterian Church. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, we gather every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a Lenten Communion Service in Knox Hall. It's a short, meaningful service that ends in a communion of small groups gathered around the prepared table. All are invited to these inspirational services.
Community Lenten Worship Services
We participate in the Community Lenten Services that take place on Tuesdays at noon. Each year the services are held at a different downtown church and the participating churches share in leading the ecumenical worship followed by a lunch fellowship. Watch the newsletter or check the calendar for the schedule.
Lenten Book Study
Each Lent we begin a series of small group book studies of current or classic Christian writing. Multiple study groups are held weekly so everyone can participate.
Members of our congregation share their heartfelt stories of faith in a Church Devotion Guide for each day of Lent.
Children's Prayer Book for Lent
There is a suggested prayer for each day of Lent for the children to say and to think about. The prayers are from their friends in Preschool, K-Plus and our church children, as well as teachers and helpers who work with them. They also have a suggested topic to think about each week as they consider putting money in their fish mite box.
One Great Hour of Sharing Lenten Offering
Fish are given to children and families with reminders to “feed the fish” with money to help others in the world. The OGHS offering supports the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the Presbyterian Disaster Program, and the Self-Development of People Program.
Holy Week is a wonderful time of worship and remembrance of Christ’s journey at First Presbyterian.
- On Palm Sunday, we share in the procession of palms with the choir and children of the church at each service.
- On Maundy Thursday, a special service is held including holy communion.
- On Good Friday, we share a "Tenebrae Service of Shadow" with scripture readings and choral music. The sanctuary is stripped at the end of the service as we toll the years of Jesus life with our carillon.
- On Easter morning we celebrate the resurrection, first at a sunrise service in the Governor’s Garden followed by breakfast at the church and at each of the three regular services on Easter Sunday.