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 at Shadyside Presbyterian Church offers spiritual refreshment in a traditional liturgical setting.

Join us for an inspirational service as we gather to worship God through prayer and song, led by our pastors and musicians, including the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. Sunday worship begins at 11:00 a.m., preceded by prelude music. A time of fellowship often follows worship.

Palm Sunday

We begin our observance of Holy Week on Palm Sunday, March 24. On this day, we welcome the participation of our children’s choir and the children of our Christian education programs in the Procession of Palms at the beginning of worship. As the congregation leaves the Sanctuary following the service, the children will distribute palms to those who would like to carry a reminder of our Savior’s Passion with them throughout Holy Week.

Learn more about worship at Shadyside.

Planning to worship with us for the first time? Read the answers to some common questions guests have.

Live Worship Webcast

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.

Missed a service?

Visit the worship archive to explore past worship services and discover resources for enhancing your personal devotional time.

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, March 29, 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 St. John Passion, by composer Bob Chilcott, offered by the Shadyside Chancel Choir, organ, and orchestra.

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.

Live Worship Webcast

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.

Missed a service?

Visit the worship archive to explore past worship services and discover resources for enhancing your personal devotional time.

Good Friday Morning Service

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.

Our observance of Holy Week continues on Good Friday, March 29, with a morning service at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel.

The service, led by the children and youth who participate in Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s Christian education programs, also will include the Lord’s Supper.

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

Missed a service?

Visit the worship archive to explore past worship services and discover resources for enhancing your personal devotional time.

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, March 28, our observance of Holy Week continues in a Tenebrae service 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 Gail Roup and Chatham Baroque.

Note: Our service of worship at 7:00 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, March 28, 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.

The Service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the Church in Holy Week since medieval times. Readings trace the encircling shadows around Christ as He agonized in the garden and was deserted, betrayed, denied, accused, and crucified. Gradually the candles are extinguished, symbolizing His abandonment, condemnation, and suffering. We end in darkness and leave in silence, remembering the somber events of this night.

Live Worship Webcast

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.

Missed a service?

Visit the worship archive to explore past worship services and discover resources for enhancing your personal devotional time.

Table to Table

Table to Table: Dinner and Vespers

On Wednesday evenings, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to gather at table for a church family dinner before gathering at the Lord’s Table in worship. Enjoy fellowship over a delicious meal prepared by Chef Steven Bright at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by Lenten vespers in the Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. We hope you will join us for as much of the evening as your schedule allows; you are welcome to come for dinner or worship, or both. Please make your dinner reservation by signing up in the Sharp Atrium or contacting the church office by the Sunday prior.

A freewill offering will be received to offset the costs of the meal. Nursery care will be provided during vespers.

Menu for March 20:

  • Smoked and Slow-Baked then Glazed Ham
  • Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
  • Baked Sauerkraut
  • Freshly Baked Yeast Rolls with Butter
  • Assorted Freshly Baked Cookies and a Gluten-Free Sweet
  • Punch, Bottled Water, and Coffee Service

Table to Table

Table to Table: Dinner and Vespers

On Wednesday evenings, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to gather at table for a church family dinner before gathering at the Lord’s Table in worship. Enjoy fellowship over a delicious meal prepared by Chef Steven Bright at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by Lenten vespers in the Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. We hope you will join us for as much of the evening as your schedule allows; you are welcome to come for dinner or worship, or both. Please make your dinner reservation by signing up in the Sharp Atrium or contacting the church office by the Sunday prior.

A freewill offering will be received to offset the costs of the meal. Nursery care will be provided during vespers.

Menu for March 13:

  • Chicken Parmesan Casserole
  • Greens Salad with Dressings
  • Yeast Rolls and Butter
  • Assorted Freshly Baked Cookies
  • Punch, Water, and Coffee Service

Table to Table

Table to Table: Dinner and Vespers

On Wednesday evenings, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to gather at table for a church family dinner before gathering at the Lord’s Table in worship. Enjoy fellowship over a delicious meal prepared by Chef Steven Bright at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by Lenten vespers in the Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. We hope you will join us for as much of the evening as your schedule allows; you are welcome to come for dinner or worship, or both. Please make your dinner reservation by signing up in the Sharp Atrium or contacting the church office by the Sunday prior.

A freewill offering will be received to offset the costs of the meal. Nursery care will be provided during vespers.

Menu for March 6:

  • Deconstructed Paella
  • Crusty French Bread
  • Greens Salad with Dressings
  • Assorted Freshly Baked Cookies
  • Punch, Bottled Water, and Coffee Service

Easter Egg Hunt

Following worship on Palm Sunday, March 24, 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 hunt 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. Adult volunteers are needed to help welcome and guide guests who are new to our church community. Please register your volunteer interest on the sign-up sheet in the Sharp Atrium or contact Ellen Allston through the church office to learn more. Donations are appreciated by Thursday, March 21.

Pie Sunday

The Parish Life Ministry Team will host our annual Pie Sunday in the Parish Hall during the Time of Fellowship following worship on Sunday, March 10.

We are looking for some terrific pie bakers to provide a variety of pies, both sweet and savory. Please sign up in the Sharp Atrium, or contact the church office, to bring a pie — or perhaps a pair of pies, if possible. Not a baker? Come and enjoy; there will be plenty to share! We hope you can join us in fellowship.

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, the Pittsburgh Girls Choir, and vocal soloists from the Shadyside Chancel Choir.

Lenten vespers begin on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2024, and continue through Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

On Wednesday, March 20, the Reverend Kendra L. Buckwalter Smith will preach. Music will be offered by the Grinnell Singers.