Good Friday Music and Readings

Crown of Thorns, detail of "Easter Morn" art glass window in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph by Ellen L. Allston.
Photograph: Detail of the “Easter Morn” art glass window in the north transept of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, depicting a crown of thorns. The window was designed by the Gorham Company of New York, 1916. Photograph taken by Ellen L. Allston.

On Good Friday, April 15, our observance of Holy Week continues in an evening of music and readings at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The service will feature The Wounds, by British composer James Whitbourn, offered by the Shadyside Chancel Choir, organ, strings, and soloists.

In addition to the choral offering, the service will include prayers and hymns.

Please join us as we remember Jesus’ Passion on the cross for us and as we anticipate with hope His Resurrection.

For the well-being of our congregation and our community, the church has established health and safety precautions to minimize risk for those attending our gatherings. To better prepare you for what to expect as you return to on-site worship, you may learn more here.

If you cannot gather with us for worship in person, we hope you will gather with us in spirit by joining us remotely through our live worship webcast. Visit the live webcast page of the church website to access the worship video. Other worship documents, including the bulletin (.pdf format), also may be accessed from the live webcast page or the worship archive.

We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this transition. Please feel free to contact the church office should you have any questions.

For the latest updates and announcements related to COVID-19, please visit this page.

Missed a service?

Visit the worship archive to explore past worship services and discover resources for enhancing your personal devotional time as we face an extended period of physical separation from our community of faith.

Maundy Thursday Service

Agnus Dei, detail of Communion table in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph by Ellen L. Allston.
Photograph: Detail of the Communion table in the chancel of Shadyside Presbyterian Church depicting the Agnus Dei. Table design by Charles Marcus Osborn, 1938. Photograph taken by Ellen L. Allston.

On Maundy Thursday, April 14, our observance of Holy Week continues in a service of worship with Communion at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary and online, during which the Reverend Austin Crenshaw Shelley will preach. The service includes the Lord’s Supper and musical offerings by soprano Jennifer LaRocco and Chatham Baroque.

Note: Our service of worship at 7:00 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 14, will incorporate a celebration of the Sacrament of Communion, both on-site and online. Please read the invitation, which explains options for those joining us on-site and suggestions for preparation for those joining us at home.

For the well-being of our congregation and our community, the church has established health and safety precautions to minimize risk for those attending our gatherings. To better prepare you for what to expect as you return to on-site worship, you may learn more here.

If you cannot gather with us for worship in person, we hope you will gather with us in spirit by joining us remotely through our live worship webcast. Visit the live webcast page of the church website to access the worship video. Other worship documents, including the bulletin (.pdf format), also may be accessed from the live webcast page or the worship archive.

We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this transition. Please feel free to contact the church office should you have any questions.

For the latest updates and announcements related to COVID-19, please visit this page.

Missed a service?

Visit the worship archive to explore past worship services and discover resources for enhancing your personal devotional time as we face an extended period of physical separation from our community of faith.

Easter Egg Hunt

Following worship on Palm Sunday, April 10, all Shadyside families, friends, and neighbors are invited to an Easter egg hunt on the church’s McClintock Lawn. (In the event of rain, the festivities will move indoors.)

Junior and senior high students are encouraged to help hide the eggs immediately after worship. Families with infants to elementary-age children are invited to enjoy our Time of Fellowship with light refreshments following worship, and then are invited to gather outside at 12:30 p.m. for brief instructions.

Can You Help?

The Children’s Ministry Team is seeking donations of plastic eggs, filled or unfilled, that we can use for the event, which welcomes many guests from the community. Donations of goodies and treats to place inside eggs are also welcome. Please contact Ellen Allston through the church office to learn more.

Palm Sunday Worship

Crown of Thorns, detail of "Easter Morn" art glass window in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph by Ellen L. Allston.
Photograph:Detail of the “Easter Morn” art glass window in the north transept of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, depicting a crown of thorns. The window was designed by the Gorham Company of New York, 1916. Photograph taken by Ellen L. Allston.

Worship occurs on-site and online on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

On Palm Sunday, April 10, we welcome the participation of the children of our Christian education programs as they distribute palms to the congregation as we leave the Sanctuary following the service.

For the well-being of our congregation and our community, the church has established health and safety precautions to minimize risk for those attending our gatherings. To better prepare you for what to expect as you return to on-site worship, you may learn more here.

If you cannot gather with us for worship in person, we hope you will gather with us in spirit by joining us remotely through our live worship webcast. Visit the live webcast page of the church website to access the worship video. Other worship documents, including the bulletin (.pdf format), also may be accessed from the live webcast page or the worship archive.

We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this transition. Please feel free to contact the church office should you have any questions.

For the latest updates and announcements related to COVID-19, please visit this page.

Missed a service?

Visit the worship archive to explore past worship services and discover resources for enhancing your personal devotional time as we face an extended period of physical separation from our community of faith.

Adult Christian Educ. Study

Prayer in Lent: Drawing Close to the God Who Loves You

Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s Adult Christian Education Team invites you to participate in a new study for the season of Lent: Prayer in Lent: Drawing Close to the God Who Loves You. Join us as we explore several ways that Christians across the centuries have learned to grow closer to God in prayer, as taught in the award-winning book Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History’s Best Teachers. We will gather on Sundays, March 6 through April 10, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., both on-site in the Hulme Room and virtually via Zoom videoconferencing.

Please plan to make this spiritual opportunity part of your Lenten experience and join us! Come learn and grow in faith along with us!

Learn more about the study.

Lenten Vespers

Detail of the cross located on the Communion table in the Chancel of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.During the season of Lent, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of music and reflection in our Sanctuary and online. These 45-minute candlelight Communion services include homilies; the celebration of the Lord’s Supper; and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, the Jade Piano Trio, and the Pittsburgh Girls Choir.

Lenten vespers begin on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022, and continue through Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

Sunday Worship

Detail of Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s “Digital Mosaic,” illustrated by Mark Bender. All rights reserved by Shadyside Presbyterian Church.
Artwork: Detail of Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s “Digital Mosaic,” illustrated by Mark Bender. All rights reserved by Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

Worship occurs on-site and online on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

For the well-being of our congregation and our community, the church has established health and safety precautions to minimize risk for those attending our gatherings. To better prepare you for what to expect as you return to on-site worship, you may learn more here.

Note: Our service of worship at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 3, will incorporate a celebration of the Sacrament of Communion, both on-site and online. Please read the invitation, which explains options for those joining us on-site and suggestions for preparation for those joining us at home.

If you cannot gather with us for worship in person, we hope you will gather with us in spirit by joining us remotely through our live worship webcast. Visit the live webcast page of the church website to access the worship video. Other worship documents, including the bulletin (.pdf format), also may be accessed from the live webcast page or the worship archive.

We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this transition. Please feel free to contact the church office should you have any questions.

For the latest updates and announcements related to COVID-19, please visit this page.

Missed a service?

Visit the worship archive to explore past worship services and discover resources for enhancing your personal devotional time as we face an extended period of physical separation from our community of faith.

Adult Christian Educ. Study

Prayer in Lent: Drawing Close to the God Who Loves You

Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s Adult Christian Education Team invites you to participate in a new study for the season of Lent: Prayer in Lent: Drawing Close to the God Who Loves You. Join us as we explore several ways that Christians across the centuries have learned to grow closer to God in prayer, as taught in the award-winning book Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History’s Best Teachers. We will gather on Sundays, March 6 through April 10, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., both on-site in the Hulme Room and virtually via Zoom videoconferencing.

Please plan to make this spiritual opportunity part of your Lenten experience and join us! Come learn and grow in faith along with us!

Learn more about the study.

Lenten Vespers

Detail of the cross located on the Communion table in the Chancel of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.During the season of Lent, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of music and reflection in our Sanctuary and online. These 45-minute candlelight Communion services include homilies; the celebration of the Lord’s Supper; and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, the Jade Piano Trio, and the Pittsburgh Girls Choir.

Lenten vespers begin on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022, and continue through Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

Sunday Worship

Detail of Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s “Digital Mosaic,” illustrated by Mark Bender. All rights reserved by Shadyside Presbyterian Church.
Artwork: Detail of Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s “Digital Mosaic,” illustrated by Mark Bender. All rights reserved by Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

Worship occurs on-site and online on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

For the well-being of our congregation and our community, the church has established health and safety precautions to minimize risk for those attending our gatherings. To better prepare you for what to expect as you return to on-site worship, you may learn more here.

If you cannot gather with us for worship in person, we hope you will gather with us in spirit by joining us remotely through our live worship webcast. Visit the live webcast page of the church website to access the worship video. Other worship documents, including the bulletin (.pdf format), also may be accessed from the live webcast page or the worship archive.

We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this transition. Please feel free to contact the church office should you have any questions.

For the latest updates and announcements related to COVID-19, please visit this page.

Missed a service?

Visit the worship archive to explore past worship services and discover resources for enhancing your personal devotional time as we face an extended period of physical separation from our community of faith.