Lent and Easter with
Fourth Presbyterian Church

Daily Lenten and Easter Devotions

Palm/Passion Sunday
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday

Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday Worship

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
Lenten Sermon Series

 

Palm/Passion Sunday

Sunday, April 5
11:00 a.m.
Online at www.bit.ly/FPCworship

As we begin our Holy Week journey on this holy day, we hope you will join us in singing “hosanna, loud hosannas”!

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Holy Week
Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 9
7:30 p.m.
Tenebrae
Online at www.bit.ly/FPCworship

Our journey to Easter Sunday continues on Maundy Thursday, which receives its name from the Latin mandatum novum do vobis, “A new commandment I give you.” This new commandment, given by Jesus on the night he washed the disciples’ feet, was “to love one another just as I have loved you.” It is his example of—and our call to—love and service that we remember on Maundy Thursday.

Our service will follow the ancient Office of Tenebrae (from the Latin for “shadows”). This service portrays the progression from light to darkness in the passion of Jesus, beginning with his abandonment on Thursday and concluding with his crucifixion. The service ends with complete darkness.

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Good Friday

Friday, April 10
12:10 p.m.

Online at www.bit.ly/FPCworship

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Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday

Saturday, April 11
8:00 p.m.

Online at www.bit.ly/FPCworship

An ancient tradition of the church, the Easter vigil invites us into the story of salvation as we mark the conclusion of Lent and the dawning of Easter.

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Easter Sunday Worship

Sunday, April 12
11:00 a.m.

Online at www.bit.ly/FPCworship

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Daily Lenten and Easter Devotions

Written by Fourth Church members and staff, every year our daily Lenten devotions—which this year offer reflections on Lenten hymn texts—are available in a variety of ways:

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One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

Your gifts to our Lenten One Great Hour of Sharing Offering touch the lives of those in need, respond to injustice, provide shelter, and feed the hungry, both here in our city and around the world.

Your gifts support

  • Fourth Church Meals Ministry, which distributes bag lunches each week, Tuesday through Thursday, and serves a hot supper on both Sunday and Monday nights, providing more than 36,000 meals per year for guests who are homeless
  • Fourth Church Shower Ministry, which welcomes guests without access to bathing facilities to use the showers at Fourth Church, with nearly 1,000 showers taken per year
  • Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center, which annually supports 1,800 individuals who are experiencing homelessness or who are in transition, helping them gain greater stability through case management, a food pantry, clothing assistance, referrals to other agencies, and outreach
  • Chicago Lights Tutoring, which encourages 400 students living in under-resourced neighborhoods to graduate from high school and pursue higher education and meaningful careers
  • Presbyterian Hunger Program, which takes action to alleviate hunger, care for creation, and address the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed
  • Self-Development of People, which partners with communities responding to their experiences of oppression, poverty, and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these issues
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, which works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters and provides support for refugees

You can designate a gift to a “One Great Hour of Sharing” when making a gift online.

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Lenten Sermon Series

“Questions Jesus Asked” (inspired by Martin B. Copenhaver’s book Jesus is the Question) is the theme of this year’s Lenten sermon series.Weekly topics:

March 1: Question of Longing, Part 1
“Whom are you looking for?”
(John 18:1–11)

March 8: Question about Compassion
Do you see this woman?
(Luke 7:36–50)

March 15: Question about Identity
What is your name?
(Luke 8:26–39)

March 22 we took a break from the series to consider Psalm 23.

March 29 | Question of Worry
“What do you want?”
(Matthew 6:25–34)

April 5, Palm/Passion Sunday: Question of Despair
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
(Matthew 27:39–50)

April 12, Easter Sunday: Question of Longing, Part 2
“Whom are you looking for?”
(John 20)