Good Friday Tenebrae Service ONLINE ONLY

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church building and offices are open on a limited basis. Click here to learn more.

Crown of Thorns, detail of "Easter Morn" art glass window in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph by Ellen L. Allston.While we cannot be together on-site for any activities, we invite you to join us for online worship on Good Friday, April 2.

We are glad to share with you a live video webcast of our service of worship available on the live webcast page of the church website so that you may join us remotely at 7:00 p.m. on Good Friday. Other worship documents, including the bulletin (.pdf format), also may be accessed from the live webcast page or the worship archive.

The Service of Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness” or “shadows”) marks the events of Good Friday following the account in the Gospel according to St. Luke and features music by a cello trio.

We regret that we cannot gather in-person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow this challenging course of action, but one we know to be responsible and safer for our congregation and our community.

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

Missed a service of worship?

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.

 

Photograph: Detail of the “Easter Morn” art glass window in the north transept of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, received as a gift in connection with the church’s fiftieth anniversary celebration and dedicated in honor of the founders of the church.  A gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Rowe, the window was designed by the Gorham Company of New York, 1916.  Photograph taken by Ellen L. Allston.

Good Friday Family Service ONLINE ONLY

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church building and offices are open on a limited basis. Click here to learn more.

Crown of Thorns, detail of "Easter Morn" art glass window in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph by Ellen L. Allston.While we cannot be together on-site for any activities, we invite you to join us for a family service of worship online on Good Friday, April 2. Led by our Children’s and Youth Ministries, the service will be streamed live at 10:00 a.m. on Good Friday through a protected Facebook group. (For access, families are encouraged to contact Ellen Allston, Director of Christian Education for Children’s Ministry.) Visit the live webcast page or the worship archive to access the bulletin in .pdf format.

Following the live webcast, we will share a recording of the video on our YouTube channel and our Facebook channel. (Please allow some time for the various platforms to process the video files.)

We regret that we cannot gather in-person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow this challenging course of action, but one we know to be responsible and safer for our congregation and our community.

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

Missed a service of worship?

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.

Photograph: Detail of the “Easter Morn” art glass window in the north transept of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, received as a gift in connection with the church’s fiftieth anniversary celebration and dedicated in honor of the founders of the church. A gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Rowe, the window was designed by the Gorham Company of New York, 1916. Photograph taken by Ellen L. Allston.

Maundy Thursday Service ONLINE ONLY

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church building and offices are open on a limited basis. Click here to learn more.

Agnus Dei, detail of Communion table in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph by Ellen L. Allston.While we cannot be together on-site for any activities, we invite you to join us for online worship on Maundy Thursday, April 1.

Note: This service will incorporate an online celebration of the Sacrament of Communion, which has been approved by both the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Session of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. In order to participate at home, please read the invitation, along with suggestions for preparation.

We are glad to share with you a live video webcast of our service of worship available on the live webcast page of the church website so that you may join us remotely at 7:00 p.m. on Maundy Thursday. Other worship documents, including the bulletin (.pdf format), also may be accessed from the live webcast page or the worship archive.

On Maundy Thursday, April 1, the Reverend Todd E. Leach will preach. Music will be offered by soprano Kathy Linger and Chatham Baroque.

We regret that we cannot gather in-person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow this challenging course of action, but one we know to be responsible and safer for our congregation and our community.

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

Missed a service of worship?

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.

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.

Drive-by Palm Pick-up

Drive-through Palm Distribution

Following worship on Palm Sunday, March 28, the Children’s and Youth Ministries of Shadyside Presbyterian Church will sponsor a drive-by palm pick-up. All parishioners are invited to receive palms safely in the church driveway between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

Find additional opportunities to participate in Holy Week.

Learn more about Lent at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

Photograph: Detail of the “Easter Morn” art glass window in the north transept of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, received as a gift in connection with the church’s fiftieth anniversary celebration and dedicated in honor of the founders of the church. A gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Rowe, the window was designed by the Gorham Company of New York, 1916. Photograph taken by Nick Conti.

Palm Sunday Worship ONLINE ONLY

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church building and offices are open on a limited basis. Click here to learn more.

While we cannot be together on-site for any activities, we are glad to share with you a live video webcast of our service of worship so that you may join us remotely. Join us on Palm Sunday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. on 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.

On Palm Sunday, March 28, the Reverend Lynn M. Portz will preach during a service that will include archival choral recordings and new brass and organ recordings.

We regret that we cannot gather in-person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit. Consider participating in our drive-through palm distribution following worship, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the church’s driveway. Read more.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow this challenging course of action, but one we know to be responsible and safer for our congregation and our community.

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.

Virtual Lenten Vespers (ONLINE ONLY)

During the liturgical season of Lent, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to join us each Wednesday for an evening of music and reflection. These online-only evening services include the Lord’s Supper; homilies exploring the “I AM” statements of Jesus from John’s Gospel; and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and vocal soloists.

The Lenten vespers live webcast begins at 7:00 p.m. Click here to access the worship video and the bulletin from the live worship webcast page of the church website.

On Wednesday, March 24, the Reverend Kendra L. Buckwalter Smith will preach on the theme, “I Am the True Vine” (John 15:1-17). Music will be offered by soprano Gail Roup, violinist Maureen Conlon Gutierrez, and cellist Elisa Kohanski.

Note: This service will incorporate an online celebration of the Sacrament of Communion, which has been approved by both the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Session of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. In order to participate at home, please read the invitation, along with suggestions for preparation.

Photograph: Detail of the “Easter Morn” art glass window in the north transept of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, received as a gift in connection with the church’s fiftieth anniversary celebration and dedicated in honor of the founders of the church. A gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Rowe, the window was designed by the Gorham Company of New York, 1916. Photograph taken by Nick Conti.

Sunday Worship ONLINE ONLY

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church building and offices are open on a limited basis. Click here to learn more.

While we cannot be together on-site for any activities, we are glad to share with you a live video webcast of our service of worship so that you may join us remotely. Join us on Sunday, March 21, at 11:00 a.m. on 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 regret that we cannot gather in-person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow this challenging course of action, but one we know to be responsible and safer for our congregation and our community.

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.

Virtual Lenten Vespers (ONLINE ONLY)

During the liturgical season of Lent, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to join us each Wednesday for an evening of music and reflection. These online-only evening services include the Lord’s Supper; homilies exploring the “I AM” statements of Jesus from John’s Gospel; and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and vocal soloists.

The Lenten vespers live webcast begins at 7:00 p.m. Click here to access the worship video and the bulletin from the live worship webcast page of the church website.

On Wednesday, March 17, the Reverend Lynn M. Portz will preach on the theme, “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:1-7, 25-27). Music will be offered by tenor Ben Werley and Chatham Baroque.

Note: This service will incorporate an online celebration of the Sacrament of Communion, which has been approved by both the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Session of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. In order to participate at home, please read the invitation, along with suggestions for preparation.

Lenten vespers continue on Wednesdays through March 24, 2021.

Photograph: Detail of the “Easter Morn” art glass window in the north transept of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, received as a gift in connection with the church’s fiftieth anniversary celebration and dedicated in honor of the founders of the church. A gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Rowe, the window was designed by the Gorham Company of New York, 1916. Photograph taken by Nick Conti.

An Invitation to Online Communion

Special Invitation: Communion on Maundy Thursday

The Chalice, Flagon, and Plate used on World Communion Sunday, October 1, 2017, were dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Momoko H. Mills. For decades, Momoko faithfully prepared the Lord’s Table in our Sanctuary with humble reverence and deep love. Commissioned by Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the Communion set was fashioned by Deacon Garret B. Smith. We give thanks to God both for Momoko’s caring service and for Garret’s talented craftsmanship. This set will be used regularly as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper during our midweek vespers. Also visible above in detail is the damask linen from Damascus which was a gift from Mark A. Anderson to Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph taken by Rebecca D. Reeder.Maundy Thursday (from mandatum, Latin for “mandate” or “commandment”) proclaims Jesus’ new commandment to love one another as He has loved us. It celebrates Christ’s example of humble service and self-offering, represented by the washing of feet and the sharing of Communion. We remember that on the night before He was handed over to death, Jesus gathered to share the Passover meal with His disciples. In so doing, Christ instituted the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

In this unprecedented time, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has approved the online celebration of Communion (Communion in an Emergency/Pandemic), and, according to the Book of Order, it is the responsibility of the Session to authorize the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The Session of Shadyside Presbyterian Church has so authorized the online celebration of the Sacrament on April 1, 2021 – Maundy Thursday. In this time when we are separated by space, yet united in the Spirit, we remember that Christ is always at work, gathering us in unique ways.

Preparations

In preparation for the Sacrament, we invite you to look through your own kitchen to find “bread and beverage.” While there is rich symbolism in the elements we traditionally use to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, the Church also has a long history of using the most fitting materials that are readily available in any given time and setting. So feel free to be creative and use what you have on hand.

Prior to our time of worship on Thursday evening, please prepare your worship space. Have ready the device on which you will view the service, the bulletin (available online in the worship archive) which will enable you to more fully participate in the service, and the elements you will use for Communion. Have your “bread” ready on a plate and your “beverage” poured. Any vessels will do, but you might consider using special dishes to help you remember that this is a holy meal, set apart from our regular meals. If it is safe to do so, you also may want to light a candle and place it by your prepared Communion elements. Through the light, may you be reminded that Christ is present with us all in this meal.

During worship on Maundy Thursday evening, you will be guided through the celebration and reception of the Lord’s Supper. Whether or not you are a member of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, we invite you to prepare your hearts to receive this Sacrament as a means of grace. For Christ is our host, and He invites all who seek Him to partake of this holy meal.

Some possibilities for bread:

  • any kind of bread
  • crackers
  • cookies
  • chips
  • tortilla
  • pita

Note: If you have time and want to involve your family with a meaningful activity in preparation for Communion, consider baking a special loaf of bread together. Please contact Ellen Allston, Director of Christian Education for Children’s Ministry, who has shared several recipes with families by email.

Some possibilities for beverage:

  • grape juice
  • any other type of juice
  • wine
  • water

Photograph: The Chalice, Flagon, and Plate used on World Communion Sunday, October 1, 2017, were dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Momoko H. Mills. For decades, Momoko faithfully prepared the Lord’s Table in our Sanctuary with humble reverence and deep love. Commissioned by Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the Communion set was fashioned by Deacon Garret B. Smith. We give thanks to God both for Momoko’s caring service and for Garret’s talented craftsmanship. This set has been used regularly as we have celebrated the Lord’s Supper during our midweek vespers. Also visible above in detail is the damask linen from Damascus which was a gift from Mark A. Anderson to Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph taken by Rebecca D. Reeder.

Sunday Worship ONLINE ONLY

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church building and offices are open on a limited basis. Click here to learn more.

While we cannot be together on-site for any activities, we are glad to share with you a live video webcast of our service of worship so that you may join us remotely. Join us on Sunday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m. on 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 regret that we cannot gather in-person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow this challenging course of action, but one we know to be responsible and safer for our congregation and our community.

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.