Lent and Easter at
Fourth Presbyterian Church

Ash Wednesday

Daily Lenten Devotions | “Path of Discipleship”

Sunday Worship during Lent

Palm/Passion Sunday Worship |
Holy Week Worship

Easter Sunday Worship | Easter Brunch
Easter Flowers to Decorate the Sanctuary

Good Friday and Easter for Children and Families

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Worship
Both Ash Wednesday services of worship include Communion and opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes. Shannon Kershner will be preaching at both services.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
12:10 and 7:30 p.m.

Ash Wednesday Labyrinth Walk
A hosted Ash Wednesday labyrinth walk provides time and space for meditative reflection as the Lenten season begins.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6:00–7:15 p.m.
Buchanan Chapel

Daily Lenten Devotions

Written by Fourth Church members and staff

Available beginning Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Lenten Worship

Sunday Lenten Worship: A Journey through Luke
Sundays, February 14 and 26, and March 6, 13, and 20

March 13, 2016
Fifth Sunday in Lent
8:00 a.m. | Communion | Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. | Baptisms | Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor
4:00 p.m. | Jazz Service with Communion | Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident

March 20, 2016
Palm/Passion Sunday
8:00 a.m. | Communion | Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor
9:30 and 11:30 a.m. | Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor
4:00 p.m. | Jazz Service with Communion | Nanette Sawyer
Minister for Congregational Life

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“Path of Discipleship” Lenten Series

Tuesdays, March 7–April 11, 2017
6:00–8:30 p.m.
Page Smith and Randolph Rooms

This Lent, join us in exploring spiritual practices that can deepen our faith journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Beginning Tuesday, March 7, we will gather on six successive Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. for a shared meal. Afterwards, a member of the pastoral staff (a different person each week) will lead us in a discussion of a section of Richard Foster's book Celebration of Discipline.

March 7           "Prayer," led by Nanette Sawyer
March 14         "Simplicity, led by Matt Helms
March 21         "Submission," led by Judy Watt
March 28         "Service," led by Abbi Heimach-Snipes
April 4              "Confession," led by Hardy Kim
April 11            "Guidance," led by Vicky Curtiss

This series is one of the spiritual formation offerings of Fourth Church.

The registration fee for the series is $50 per person; space is limited. Register online here.


Palm/Passion Sunday Worship

Please note that the last service of the morning will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Palm/Passion Sunday and also on Easter Sunday.

April 9, 2017
8:00 a.m. | Communion
Shannon J. Kershner preaching

9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Palm Procession | Reception of New Members at 11:30 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner preaching

4:00 p.m. | Jazz Service with Communion
Nanette Sawyer preaching

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Holy Week Worship

March 24, 2016
Maundy Thursday
12:10 p.m. | Communion Service
Nanette Sawyer preaching

7:30 p.m. | Tenebrae Communion Service
Shannon J. Kershner presiding

March 25, 2016
Good Friday
12:10 p.m.
Victoria G. Curtiss preaching

5:30 p.m. | Children’s Experience in Buchanan Chapel
Matt Helms leading

7:30 p.m. | Choral Service
Stabat Mater
by Francis Poulenc

March 26, 2016
Holy Saturday
8:00 p.m. | Easter Vigil
Shannon J. Kershner presiding

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Easter Sunday Worship

Please note that the last morning service on Easter Sunday begins at 11:30 a.m.

March 27, 2016
Easter Sunday
6:30 a.m. | Sunrise Service at Oak Street Beach with Communion
Hardy Kim preaching

8:00, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner preaching

9:30 a.m. | Children’s Event in the Gratz Center
Matt Helms leading

4:00 p.m. | Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams preaching

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Good Friday and Easter for Children and Families

Good Friday Children's Experience
   Friday, March 25, 2016
   5:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Although Good Friday is a vital component of the Easter story, the difficult subject of Jesus’ death is often omitted for children in favor of the easier celebrations of Palm Sunday and Easter morning. In order to help children better understand the Easter story, our Children’s Good Friday Experience is designed to help introduce Jesus’ death to them without overwhelming them with details.

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Easter Sunday Children’s Event

   Sunday, March 27, 2016
   9:30 a.m. on the fourth and fifth floors of the Gratz Center

An Easter Experience for children four years of age through fifth grade is held at 9:30 a.m. on Easter morning. All children begin the morning together and then rotate between three different rooms, where they interact with figures from the Gospel stories and make Easter crafts. Children are then invited to go on an Easter egg hunt throughout the fifth floor of the Gratz Center.

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Easter Brunch

   Sunday, March 27, 2016
   12:30 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room

Join Fourth Church members and friends for the annual Easter brunch following 11:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, March 27. The menu for the meal will include sliced ham, crisp bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, fresh fruit, waffles and syrup, Danish, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk.

Tickets, which are required, are available at the reception desk. Tickets for adults are $12; for children 5–12 years, $5; and no charge for children under 5 years. (Total cost for one family regardless of number of children 5–12 years of age is $30.)

All are invited for this special time of fellowship and celebration with friends old and new!

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