Lent, Advent and Christmas Services

During Lent: 

Ash Wednesday

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.

Maundy Thursday

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.

Good Friday
On Good Friday, a service of worship is held at 12:15 p.m. in the sanctuary to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. For 97 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 minutes.
Easter Sunday 
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.
During Advent and Christmas:
Service of Lessons and Carols
Following the revered English tradition, a service of Lessons and Carols will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. 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 
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 10 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 9:30 p.m. the choir, brass quintet, percussion and organ present a prelude of seasonal music.

Christmas Day

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.