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 10, the Reverend Todd E. Leach will preach on the theme, “I Am the Gate; I Am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:1-18). Music will be offered by mezzo-soprano Loghan Bazan Wright, cellist Elisa Kohanski, and clarinetist Roi Mezare.

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.

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 7, 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.

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 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 3, the Reverend Kendra L. Buckwalter Smith will preach on the theme, “I Am the Light of the World” (John 8:12-20). Music will be offered by tenor Timothy Stoddard 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.

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, February 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.

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, February 24, the Reverend Lynn M. Portz will preach on the theme, “I Am the Bread of Life” (John 6:24-35). Music will be offered by soprano Jennifer Saunders-LaRocco, violinist Ken Johnston, cellist Elisa Kohanski, and pianist Rodrigo Ojeda.

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.

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, February 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.

Ash Wednesday Virtual Service (ONLINE ONLY)

Join us as the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17, for an evening of music and reflection at 7:00 p.m.

Click here to access the worship videos and the bulletin from the live worship webcast page of the church website.

On Ash Wednesday, February 17, the Reverend Todd E. Leach will preach a homily titled, “Not So ‘Fast,’ ” based on Isaiah 58:1-12. Music will be offered by baritone Brian Doherty 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.

Learn more about Ash Wednesday.

Lenten vespers continue on Wednesdays through March 24, 2021. 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.

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 to the Lord’s Supper

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.

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 the following dates:

  • Sunday, February 7, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
  • Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (Lenten Vespers)
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (Lenten Vespers)
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (Lenten Vespers)
  • Third Sunday in Lent, March 7, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (Lenten Vespers)
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (Lenten Vespers)
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (Lenten Vespers)

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, 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, 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. 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.

Lenten Vespers CANCELLED

Note: All activities at Shadyside Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 18, including Lenten vespers, have been cancelled.

Following the announcement of a local state of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Session of Shadyside Presbyterian Church has concluded that we should not conduct our Lenten vespers service on Wednesday, March 18. Out of concern for the health of our ministers, musicians, and other essential worship personnel, we unfortunately cannot offer the live audio webcast this week, either. All other on-site activities – including the Connections Dinner originally scheduled to occur before Lenten vespers – also have been cancelled for March 18.

We regret that we cannot gather in person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit. The bulletin for Lenten vespers is available to access here.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we determine together the most responsible course of action for our congregation and our community.

Lenten Vespers

As the season of Lent continues, join us on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary for a candlelight Communion service that includes a homily by the Reverend Lynn M. Portz, the Lord’s Supper, and music offered by soprano Kathy Linger and Chatham Baroque. Nursery care is available.

Lenten vespers continue on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. through April 1. These 45-minute candlelight Communion services in the Sanctuary of Shadyside Presbyterian Church include a homily, the Lord’s Supper, and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and the Pittsburgh Girls Choir. Nursery care is available.

Find more Lenten opportunities at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.