LENT, HOLY WEEK, EASTER

Lent is a time of preparation and reflection for Christians as we await the Resurrection of the Lord. Lent includes the 40 days (Sundays not included) before Easter. It includes Passion/Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. 

Ash Wednesday Service 

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days (Sundays not included) before Easter. Our traditional worship service includes imposition of ashes. Child care is available. For more information please call 901-726-4681.

Holy Week 

Passion/Palm Sunday Services - For the 11:00 Sunday service, the Call to Worship begins in the garth as we shout a joyous “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” Bells ring as we celebrate Jesus's entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11) and process into the sanctuary. (If you aren't able to process, feel free to sit in the sanctuary.) The worship service ends on a somber note as we anticipate the events to come during Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday Communion Service - Christ’s commandment given at the Last Supper is that his disciples should love one another. This service marks the night our Lord was betrayed. Childcare available in the library.

Good Friday Tenebrae - This beautiful, somber service of traditional music, scripture and prayer commemorates Christ’s death and burial. The people depart in darkness to await the brightness of the Day of Resurrection. Childcare available in the library.

 Easter Morning Services at 8:30 & 11:00 

Hallelujah! Christ is risen from the dead! The Resurrection is celebrated Easter morning with worship services in the sanctuary at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. The services are identical. Each will feature a brass quartet, joyful hymns, anthems and voluntaries accompanied by brass, timpani and organ. Nursery care is available and Children’s Church Continued for PK/JK will be held, but all children are always welcome in worship!

No Sunday School classes.

The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is received on Easter. For 70 years, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world. Your generous gifts help provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. One Great Hour of Sharing supports: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self- Development of People.


CHRISTMAS EVE AT IDLEWILD 

   

Idlewild Presbyterian Church invites you to gather with us as we celebrate the Nativity of the Christ Child. 

Join us for Christmas Eve services! All three services are held in the Sanctuary. Nursery care is available for the 3:00 and 5:00 services -- children are always welcome in worship! 

3:00 p.m. Child-Led Christmas Eve Service

Not just for children! Children lead this short, cheerful service. The children’s choir will be singing. Angel and shepherd head pieces will be provided for children, or they can wear their own from home. Nursery care is available for the youngest -- but children are always welcome in worship.

5:00 p.m. Traditional Lessons and Carols

A beautiful service of carols, choir anthems, and scripture readings, ending with candle-lighting. Nursery care will be available - but children are always welcome in worship.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. Nine short scriptural readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels are interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choral music. The service is preceded at 4:25 by a prelude of music played by stringed instruments.

11:00 p.m. Candle-lighting Communion Service

Led by youth and clergy. Communion is served and candles are lit at midnight. Nursery care not available. Children are welcome in the service.

 

   All three services will be livestreamed. 

 

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