During the five weeks of Lent we will explore what it means to follow Jesus in the way of the cross.
Ash Wednesday Services - March 1
9:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m. (6:30 service is cancelled)
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, and continues for forty days (excluding Sundays) until Easter. The church has traditionally observed Lent as a time of fasting and contrition, a time of wrestling with ultimate questions. Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter: we confront our own mortality and sin and hear the word of healing and hope found in God's redeeming grace.
The 9:00 a.m. chapel service will be a brief service of Imposition of Ashes and Communion while the 12:15 & 6:30 p.m. services will offer traditional worship in the sanctuary.
Community Lenten Luncheon Series - March 2 thru April 6
Every Thursday during lent from 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Presbyterian Church of Traverse City - Fellowship Hall
The Church Women United of Grand Traverse Area invites the community to a Lenten Luncheon Series every Thursday during Lent. Each week a local clergy will lead attendees in a devotion based on the theme, "Called to Life, Called to Love." See flyer for more details. Held at Presbyterian Church at 701 Westminster St. (located one block north of Munson Ave. at the light on Airport Access Rd.) Donation received will be shared with local charities. See FLYER or go to our Event on Facebook for more information.
Palm Sunday, Palm Processional, Children's Ministry - April 9
Beginning of 11:00 a.m. service in the Gathering Place
Celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. All children k-5th grades are invited to participate in a short re-creation by waving palms and joining the congregation in chanting "Hosanna." Immediately following Children's Time the children are invited to join an escorted Palm Parade through downtown Traverse City to share Christ's love and awareness of the Palm Sunday holiday.
Meal, Song and Art. Join friends for a simple soup & bread meal, followed by our pastors leading a brief Holy Communion around the dinner tables. Lastly, you'll enjoy a walk to the Sanctuary for an inspiring display of art from Christ’s Passion, led by Paul Welch. Childcare is available.
Good Friday Worship Services: Community Worship - April 14
- 12:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Join Christians from the community to remember the hours of Jesus suffering and crucifixion. Sing Passion Week hymns and hear messages from area pastors on the 7 last words of Christ.
- 8:00 p.m. Tenebrae Service: Service of Shadows: Muted lights and extinguished candles set the tone as we remember the sorrowful final hours of the life of Jesus. A Chancel Choir anthem and special music will honor the hour.
12 hour Prayer Vigil - Saturday, April 15
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
A time of individual quiet prayer and reflection. Participants sign up to keep vigil and pray in 30 minute slots throughout the day in silence. You may, also, light a small candle to place on the altar. One or more persons may participate during each segment. You may, come and go any time during the day, whether or not you have signed up for a specific time. The Cass Street entrance will be used. Come sit a while, light a candle, read the scripture story. Sign-up sheets available; check after services or call Margaret Knapp at 267-5797.
Easter Sunday Services, "Resurrection Life" - April 16
Join us as we celebrate the Joy of Easter morning
7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service - Greilickville Park Pavilion (across from Children's Museum). A brief service celebrating the Easter message in word and song and a sunrise over Grand Traverse Bay.
8:15 a.m. Easter Worship in the Chapel, traditional style of worship in this smaller, more intimate setting.
9:00 a.m. Well Worship Service Upbeat and Casual style worship with band lead music, an Easter message and a great take away for living as Easter people.
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Photo Booth
Dress in your Easter Sunday best and join us for some photo booth fun in the Lounge! All ages welcome.
11:00 a.m. Traditional Easter Service
Traditional worship with an Easter message and children’s time; along with powerful hymns, a Chancel choir anthem and brass ensemble.
Easter Services - April 16
- 7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service - Greilickville Park Pavilion (across from Children's Museum)
- 8:15 a.m. Chapel Service
- 9:00 a.m. Well Worship Service
- 11:00 a.m. Traditional Easter Service