Lent and Easter


Ash Wednesday
Palm/Passion Sunday
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Daily Lenten Devotions
Weekly “Rhythm and Word” Videos
Path of Discipleship
One Great Hour of Sharing
Easter Flowers


Easter Sunday Worship

Each Easter Sunday we gather for a festive celebration of the resurrection of the Lord. While our 2023 schedule has not yet been announced, we typically worship at the following times on Easter.

6:30 a.m. | Easter Sunrise Service
at Oak Street Beach with Communion

9:00 a.m. | Easter Service in the Sanctuary

9:00 a.m. | Easter Experience for Children in the Gratz Center
Children up through fifth grade enjoy a time of Bible story and crafts

11:00 a.m. | Easter Service in the Sanctuary

4:00 p.m. | Easter Jazz Service
in Buchanan Chapel with Communion

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Daily Lenten Devotions

A resource for meditation and prayer, our daily Lenten devotions include reflections written by Fourth Church members and staff. Devotions are available in a variety of ways:

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Weekly “Rhythm and Word” Videos

Also available for your reflection during the Lenten season is our “Rhythm and Word” video series. These 15-minute worship experiences, which weave together scripture, prayer, and music, are released on our YouTube channel on Lenten Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

To receive notification when new videos are released, subscribe to our YouTube channel, or sign up at www.bit.ly/rhythmandwordemail to receive the videos by email.

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Path of Discipleship

The season of Lent invites us to thoughtfully take up the gifts of faith — worship, study, prayer, and service — in preparation for Holy Week and Christ’s journey to the cross. Our weekly in-person Path of Discipleship series offers an opportunity to do so in the company of others. Generally focusing on one book throughout the season, we gome together one evening a week to discuss the book with a member of the pastoral staff, share in small-group discussion, and take part in a time of worship.

In 2023 that weekly series, which begins on Tuesday evening, February 28, explores The Spiritual Resilience Handbook by Connie Fourrewith.

The series is led by Associate Pastors Nancy Benson-Nicol and Joe Morrow and is held via Zoom on Tuesdays, February 28 through April 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

For the Zoom link and additional details, register online.

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One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

Each year throughout Lent and on Easter we receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Your gifts to the 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

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

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Ash Wednesday

To begin our Lenten journey, we gather for two worship services on Ash Wednesday, February 22: a noonday service at 12:10 p.m. and an evening service at 7:30 p.m.

The services include Communion and the opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes.

We also offer “Ashes on the Way,” making the imposition of ashes available outside the Sanctuary throughout the day on Ash Wednesday. This is offered for those in our community who are unable to be with us for worship but who find the ashes to be a meaningful way to mark the beginning of this season of repentance and reflection.

In 2023, ashes will be available outside the Sanctuary (at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Delaware) on Ash Wednesday, February 22 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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Palm/Passion Sunday

One of Fourth Church’s most beloved traditions takes place during morning worship on this Sunday: the Palm/Passion Sunday processional of children entering the Sanctuary waving palms.

On this first day of Holy Week — the most important week on the Christian calendar — we celebrate with palms and loud hosannas Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. But the tone quickly changes, as shouts of “Hosanna!” give way to the cries of “Crucify him!” and we remember where this journey leads: to the cross of Good Friday.

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Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday 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.

It is also the day we commemorate the Last Supper.

On Maundy Thursday our evening service follows the ancient Office of Tenebrae (from the Latin for “shadows”), a worship opportunity that many find particularly meaningful. The 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 the Sanctuary in complete darkness.

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Good Friday

On this most solemn day of the church year, we gather for two Good Friday worship opportunities: a noonday service and an evening service.

The evening service includes a major choral work sung by the Morning Choir. Then, as we extinguish the flickering Christ candle and enter the solemn observance of the weekend, the bells toll thirty-three times, once for each year of Jesus’ life on earth.

in the late afternoon we also have a Good Friday Children’s Experience in Buchanan Chapel, offering an opportunity to introduce children to Jesus’ death without overwhelming them with details.

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Memorial Gifts for Easter Flowers

Each year we are invited to recognize those who are special in our life by making contributions toward the purchase of Easter flowers to decorate the Sanctuary and Buchanan Chapel. The names of those honored or remembered by the gifts are printed in the Easter bulletin. Information about how to contribute is posted in early Lent.

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