On Maundy Thursday, a service of worship is held in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.
to mark Jesus Christ's Last Supper with his disciples and to remember
his betrayal, suffering and impending death. The service includes a
sermon by one of the Brick Church pastors, the celebration of the
Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the traditional service of Tenebrae,
which uses the symbol of progressive darkness to mark the betrayal,
passion and death of Jesus Christ. After each reading during the
Tenebrae service, the Chancel Choir presents a choral meditation on the
reading. After each choral meditation, lights are progressively
extinguished in the Sanctuary. The final reading ends with complete
darkness in the Sanctuary and the tolling of the bell 33 times to
represent Christ’s death. Our most somber service of the year at Brick
Church, this profoundly moving and beautifully service is the Holy Week
equivalent to our Advent Lessons and Carols service.
On Good Friday, a service of worship is held at 12:15 pm in
the sanctuary to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. For 93 years
at The Brick Church, this service has been centered on the singing of
Sir John Stainer's beloved oratorio, "The Crucifixion" by our Chancel
Choir. Premiered in London in 1887, Stainer’s oratorio quickly became a
much anticipated Good Friday tradition in England and still holds such a
place today. Tuneful and approachable yet powerfully dramatic, this
hour long choral work vividly retells the events leading up to Christ’s
crucifixion. The congregation joins the choir in singing several fine
hymns composed by Stainer especially for this work. As in years past at
Brick Church, the tenor and bass soloists for this service are drawn
from the ranks of the major American opera houses. The service lasts 75
On Easter Sunday morning, two identical festive and joyous services of
worship are held in the Sanctuary at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., each preceded
by 20 minutes of special music, in celebration of the resurrection of
Jesus Christ. Each service includes a sermon, the celebration of the
Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the participation of the Chancel Choir, organ, Brass quintet and percussion.
Candlelight Carol Service
Following the revered English tradition, a service of Lessons and Carols is held at 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of Advent. Readings from Holy Scripture unfolding the drama of salvation are woven into the singing of Advent and Christmas Carols by the Chancel Choir and congregation. Special organ music appropriate for the season is presented during the prelude and postlude. Due to the contemplative nature of this service, parents of young children are requested to avail themselves of the childcare provided.
Christmas Eve Family Service and Christmas Pageant
Usually held in the Sanctuary at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
A Christmas Eve service of worship is held in the Sanctuary at 11 p.m. on the night before Christmas. The service includes a sermon, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and a ceremony of candles, symbolizing the gift of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, and our opportunity to bear that light into the world. Beginning at 10:30 p.m. the choir, brass quintet, percussion and organ present a prelude of seasonal music.
A service of worship is held in the Chapel of the Reformed Faith at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day. The service includes a sermon and the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Members of the Chancel Choir present special choral music during this service.
On Ash Wednesday, worshippers mark the beginning of Lent with a Service of Worship held at 7:30 a.m. and another at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of the Reformed Faith. Both services include a brief sermon, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and, for those who desire, the imposition of ashes.