Lent at Shadyside

Pictured is the Judean desert in Qumran, Israel, near the northern shore of the Dead Sea. The surroundings of this region provide the setting for Jesus’ forty days of temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; and Luke 4:1-13). Photograph © iStock.com/Gosiek-B.Wednesdays, March 1 through April 5, at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays, March 5 through April 9, at 11:00 a.m.

One of the oldest liturgical seasons of the Early Church, Lent is a forty-day period of spiritual renewal. As Christ spent forty days in the wilderness preparing for His ministry, Lent offers us a time of sustained spiritual reflection that we may be ready to follow our Lord into the passion of the cross in order to encounter the joy of the resurrection. Begun as a period of prayer, fasting, and instruction for adult baptismal candidates, Lent is observed today by congregations around the world as a means of following Jesus into the desert to focus upon God’s call on our lives.

Join us as we begin our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, with the Reverend Dr. Conrad C. Sharps preaching in a service that includes the Lord’s Supper, the ancient custom of the imposition of ashes, and music offered by soprano Lauren-Rose King and organist Mark A. Anderson. Childcare is available. (Audio available via live webcast.)

Lenten vespers continue on Wednesdays through April 5. These 45-minute candlelight Communion services include a homily, the Lord’s Supper, and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, Trio Nova Mundi, and the Choirs of the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts. Also, please plan to remain after vespers and join the pastors in the Craig Room for a Bible study and casual conversation about the Scripture passage on which the homily for that evening is based. Learn more. (Childcare is available during worship on both Sundays and Wednesdays.)

More Lenten Opportunities:

  • Lenten Vespers: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary (March 8, 15, 22, and 29; April 5). Audio available via live webcast.
  • Midweek Lenten Bible Study with the Pastors: Wednesdays in Lent in the Craig Room from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Adult Christian Education Topical Book Study for Lent: Sundays at 9:30 a.m. from March 5 through April 9
  • Young Adult Activity: Creating Glass Easter Eggs: Saturday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Glass Center
  • Holy Week:
    • Palm Sunday Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary on April 9
    • Maundy Thursday Communion Service at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary on April 13
    • Good Friday Family Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel on April 14
    • Good Friday Service of Music and Readings at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary on April 14, featuring John Tavener’s Svyati, presented by the Shadyside Chancel Choir and cellist Elisa Kohanski
    • Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. on the church lawn on Saturday, April 15
    • Easter Worship Services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary on April 16
  • Music in a Great Space Concert: Handel’s Messiah presented by the Pittsburgh Camerata and Chatham Baroque on Saturday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m.

For even more seasonal opportunities, please visit our online calendar.

Photograph: Pictured above is the Judean desert in Qumran, Israel, near the northern shore of the Dead Sea. The surroundings of this region provide the setting for Jesus’ forty days of temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; and Luke 4:1-13). Photograph © iStock.com/Gosiek-B.