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.
All are welcome to join us for our Maundy Thursday service of Tenebrae held in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. on April 9. This service marks Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples and to remember his betrayal, suffering and impending death, and 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.
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020 at Mohawk Mountain
Calling all skiers and boarders and tubers and snowshoers! Join your Brick Church brothers for a day on the slopes at Mohawk Mountain. Departing Brick Church at 9 a.m., we should be at the mountain by 11 a.m., ready for a full day of winter fun. Those who do not stop for dinner should be home by 6:30 p.m. $32 per lift ticket (additional charge for rental equipment). Please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year on Ash Wednesday, two communion services of worship are offered: one at 7:30 a.m. and one at 6 p.m. The imposition of ashes is offered at each service for those wishing to receive them.