Lent and Easter 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. Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, when Christians commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. On Palm Sunday, we hold worship at 11 a.m. and children participate in two important events:

1. Palm Sunday Processional
All children are invited to join in the traditional Palm Sunday processional at the 11 a.m. service of worship. Parents and children come to the Chapel of The Reformed Faith at 10:45 a.m. to receive palms, practice our music, and then lead the processional down the center aisle of the sanctuary. Infants in arms are welcome.

2. Palm Sunday Project
We celebrate Palm Sunday with this fellowship tradition for our children in Watson Hall during Sunday Church School. The Palm Sunday Project​ helps us to remember Jesus’ journey to the cross and the celebration of Easter. After they recess out of worship, children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to Watson Hall to participate with their Sunday Church School classes to make symbols of Lent, palm crosses, and other Holy Week crafts. Younger children in the 2s and 3s classes will have activities provided in their Sunday Church School classrooms and 6th-7th grades will have Lent activities in their classrooms too.

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. In 2020, Maundy Thursday is Thursday, April 9.
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. In 2020, Good Friday is Friday, April 10.

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. In 2020, Easter is Sunday, April 12. 
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. 13, 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.