Holy Week Calendar

April 9 - Palm Sunday
8:15 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services
Choral Procession with Palms at 11:00 service
Opening of Stations of the Cross

April 13 - Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Worship Service
Stations of the Cross, Footwashing and Communion

April 14 - Good Friday
7:00 p.m. Service with Special Music by Adult Choir
Seven Last Words by Michael John Trotta

April 16 - Easter Sunday
7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service
At Room in the Inn's Campus, 705 Drexel Street
8:15 a.m. - Worship Service with Communion
9:30 a.m. - Potluck Breakfast in Activity Center
10:00 a.m. - Children's Activities and Easter Egg Hunt
11:00 a.m. - Worship Service with Communion
Including brass, organ and the adult choir.

Let’s find some silence during Lent: Centering Prayer and Christian Meditation: Have you felt the need to grow quiet, to ground yourself in a time when words are flying but very little is being said? On four Wednesdays in March at Noon, we will gather in the prayer room for a time of contemplative prayer. Centering prayer (as taught by Cynthia Bourgeault and Thomas Keating) and Christian meditation (as described by James Finley) will be our lamps. If you’ve never tried this type of prayer, come and discover it. The two types of prayer are very similar, and you will return to your day hopefully with a sense of peace. No need to buy a book or be ready for a discussion. Our focus will be the prayer itself. Questions? contact Mary Louise, marylouise@secondpresbyterian.net.

Join us starting on March 7 for a book study of Waking Up White: Every Tuesday in March at 6:30 p.m. in the Café. All are welcome. None of us chooses our skin color at birth. Yet racial dynamics pervade our society and many of us who are white have not perceived how race affects our lives. Nolan Huizenga will lead this four-week study of Debby Irving’s book Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Debby says, "My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race.” The book is widely available at local bookstores and libraries, and at online booksellers including Amazon. Please bring a copy if you can. If you need childcare for this event, please sign up here

Antiracism in the Church: A Lenten Journey - Every Sunday in March, and April 2, at 9:30 a.m. in the Activity Center
During Lent, scriptural texts will focus our call to Christian discipleship through the lens of racial justice. Join leaders Dorothy Parks-Piatt, Nancy Nolan, Nolan Huizenga, and others as we deepen our understanding of white supremacy, power, and privilege, and seek to grow in faithfulness through this interactive series. Our Lenten journey is more than a white-guilt trip! We’ll resist the temptation to forgo opposing racism in church and society, and we’ll start becoming active collaborators working toward racial justice. After an introductory week, we’ll together pursue self-examination, go through confession, move to repentance, and eventually project an Easter faith that integrates ongoing reflection and active structural change.

2PC Choirs Prepare for Collaboration with Lisa Silver,
Cantorial Soloist of Nashville’s Congregation Micah

Sunday, March 26 at 11:00 AM: Recalling the common heritage of Jews and Christians, the choirs of Second Presbyterian—including children, youth and adults—are busy rehearsing for a special service of music with guest singer, Lisa Silver of Congregation Micah. On Sunday, March 26, the Word will be proclaimed in songs from the Shabbat evening service and the Psalms, concluding with “Heal Us Now”, a powerful prayer of healing for ourselves and others.

Dancing on the Edge Women’s Book Group Curious about our book group selection for March? It is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a non-fiction National Book Award winner and NY Times bestseller. In a letter to his adolescent son the author talks about “what it is like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it. And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden.” We will discuss it at the second and fourth Monday evenings in March at 7 pm in the Cafe at Second. All women and friends, whether they have read the book or not are most welcome!

Stations of the Cross: Call for Entries 2017 : As part of our observance of Lent at Second Presbyterian Church, the Liturgical Arts Group would like to invite you to create works of art to represent one of this year’s 15 Scriptural Stations of the Cross.  Your entry must be ready and brought to the church on Saturday, April 8. The Stations will be in place through Sunday, April 23. After that you may come and retrieve your work anytime during the following week or at the latest on Saturday, April 29th. To find out more information and how you can register, please click here.  

This devotional by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts a presbyterian minister who is the Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary offers you an opportunity to have commentary on each station and an art offering to reference. You can spend time looking at the individual stations you are interested in working on and later go back and do the entire devotional if you choose. 

This document provides background on the reason the stations exists and an article by Dennis Bratcher that was printed in the Voice. Each of the stations is also included with additional scriptures where applicable.