This year’s Good Friday service will follow the traditional liturgy of Tenebrae for Holy Week, with readings from the Psalms and Thomas Tallis’s setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. In the contemplative service of Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”), music serves as a reflection on the texts being read, and a candle is extinguished after each reading, until only one is left. Five singers, four drawn from the choir — Megan Sharp, Steve Patek, Jonathan Schakel, and Winston Barham — along with guest Emily Stubbs, will sing music from the Renaissance by Tallis, William Byrd, Giovanni Croce, and Lodovico Viadana.
We are offering members the opportunity to donate funds to purchase Easter lilies for display during worship at the 8:30 and 11:00 services on Easter Sunday, April 1. Lilies may be designated as memorials or in honor of loved ones. The cost is $20 per plant. If you wish to participate, call Mickie Elzinga at the church office (293-3133), or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may put your check in the offering plate with your dedication. Deadline for participation is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23.
Thursday, March 29—Maundy Thursday, dinner 6:00 p.m., worship 7:00 p.m.
Soup supper followed by worship with the Last Supper dramatized in tableau.
Friday, March 30—Good Friday worship service, 6:00 p.m.
Tenebrae service with sung lamentations, candlelight, and Psalms.
Sunday, April 1—Easter, worship services, 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Celebrate Christ’s Resurrection at 8:30 with communion and at 11:00 with reaffirmation of baptism. Between the services enjoy brunch and participate in the flowering of the cross.
Photo taken by Stan Kaslusky
Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018
6:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.
As Lent begins, I want to invite you to attend a time of prayer and meditation on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. (Yes, I know that’s Valentine’s Day, too.) Typically, Ash Wednesday services are brief (20-30 minutes) and include music, prayer, liturgy, and the imposition of ashes. Again this year, you have two choices: 6:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. If you’re on your way to work or are generally a morning person anyway, you can stop by the sanctuary for a brief service at 6:30 a.m. and then join other early birds for a cup of coffee or tea and some pastries in the Gathering Space. Of course, if that’s too early, you can attend an evening service at 6:30 pm. Either way, the time of Ash Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church should be etched on our minds: Just remember…6:30.