Lent 2019

Did you know that throughout the Gospels Jesus is asked 183 questions? Jesus responds by asking 307 questions. Jesus answered only 8 of the questions he was asked! It seems that having the answer was never the point. Rather, Jesus invited people to wrestle with the questions, that they may open up deeper truths in their lives and the world in which they lived. This was a radical way of teaching. This Lenten season, we are going to explore seven of the essential questions that Jesus asked that we believe speak to the core of who we are today. 


Who do you say that I am?
Sunday, March 10    
Luke 9:18-27
Preacher: Rev. Matthew Ruffner

Do you want to be made well?
Sunday, March 17  

Luke 18:35-42
Preacher: Rev. Matthew Ruffner

Why are you afraid?
Sunday, March 24  

Mark 4:35-41
Preacher: Rev. Matthew Ruffner 

Is there no one to condemn you?
Sunday, March 31  

John 8:1-11
Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka

Do you love me more than these?
Sunday, April 7  

John 21:15-19
Preacher: Rev. Matthew Ruffner

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Sunday, April 14
Palm Passion Sunday, Communion all services

Service Times

Ash Wednesday
March 6
12:15 p.m., 7 p.m.

Palm Sunday
April 14
8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m., 5 p.m.

Maundy Thursday
April 18
7:30 p.m.

Good Friday Family Service
April 19
4 p.m.

Good Friday Tenebrae
April 19
7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday
April 21
Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m.
8:00, 9:30 and 11 a.m., 5 p.m.

Adult Formation

The Austin Lectures 2019
“In the Sound: Music and Theological Imagination”
March 10, 12:15pm, Jubilee Hall

Dr. Eric Wall, Assistant Professor of Sacred Music, Dean of the Chapel
*Join us for lunch and conversation, Lunch $10

Lent Pastor’s Study
March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15

Youth House, 12:15 p.m.
Take an in-depth, weekly look at Seven Essential Questions of Jesus. Each week we will explore a different question of Jesus in the season leading up toward Easter. 

Spring Book Study
Six Weeks, beginning March 19

7-8 p.m. in the Parlor.
Join Rev. Mark Brainerd for an engaging study of Krista Tippett’s book Becoming Wise. This book is for people who want to take up the great questions of our time with imagination and courage, to nurture new realities in the spaces we inhabit, and to do so expectantly and with joy.

PHPC Speaker Series: Speaking of Faith
Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka
April 2, 7 p.m.  PHPC Sanctuary
PHPC’s bi-annual speaker series returns with internationally acclaimed preacher and speaker Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka as he talks about faith in the 21st century, what’s next when it comes to the presence of younger generations, and where the Church goes from here. 

Lent CycleBar Ride
Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Cyclebar, Preston Forest

Exercise can be a way to slow down and pay attention both to our physical selves and to the still, small voice of God. Join PHPC member and Cycle Bar instructor Jill Mearns for a Lent-focused spin ride.

Cost is $10 with promo code PHPC10. You will need to create an account to register.

Register Here

Beyond ‘Hallelujah:  The Story Behind Handel’s ‘Messiah'
April 7 at 
9:30 a.m. PHPC Chapel
For many of us, Handel’s Messiah is a beloved part of the Christmas season. Although traditionally played at Christmas time, the piece was conceived as a work for Easter and premiered in the spring during the Lent season. Join us as members of the PHPC Sanctuary Choir explore the music and story of Handel’s Messiah. 

Holy Land Lunch and Conversation
April 14, 12:15 p.m., Jubilee Hall
Rev. Sarah Johnson shares experiences and details from her trip to the Holy Land and plans for a PHPC adult learning trip. Lunch/ $10

Table Groups

Six weeks starting March 11.

Table Groups, PHPC's small group ministry, are a way that we gather in community to make spiritual sense out of our lives and the world. Groups meet weekly/monthly in homes, restaurants, coffee shops, and various locations around the city throughout the week. Lenten Table Groups will be going in depth on the Lenten sermon series, with materials created by the PHPC pastoral team.

Register here

weekly Devotions

Receive a Lenten devotion with a reflection, question, and prayer in your email each week. If you are not on the church’s email list and you would like to be, please contact  

family activities

PHPC Kids Easter Egg-Stravaganza
April 12 at 7 p.m.

 This event is for all Grades 1-6. Grades 1-4 will have a Glow Egg Hunt (we have mastered how to make the glowing eggs!) and Grades 5-6 will have a Flashlight Hunt. Come for a pizza dinner, egg games, and the hunt! Don't miss out on this eggciting event.

Register here!

PHPC Kids Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt
April 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Families and kids of all ages are invited to a special breakfast cooked by our Men's Breakfast group! Egg hunt will follow.

Register Here!

easter sunday

6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service, Pecan Grove: Rev. Mark Brainerd will lead this service, which includes communion.

8:00, 9:30, 11:00 a.m.Sanctuary Services: Rev. Matthew Ruffner will lead the Easter services in the Sanctuary. Music by the Sanctuary Choir. Overflow seating will be available in Jubilee Hall. 

5 p.m. Worship at Five in Founders Hall: Join us for joyful singing, fellowship time, and a good word of resurrection from Rev. Kathy Lee-Cornell.

Shuttle Service: PHPC will offer a round-trip shuttle service from 6:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. from and to St. Marks’ School (north of the church on Preston, just south of Royal Lane). Continuous drop-off and pick-up will be provided at Jubilee Plaza. To minimize wait time, we’ll have three shuttles running concurrently. Please note: the last pick-up from the church leaves at 12:45 p.m.

The Flowering of the Cross: Bring flowers from home, make a flower, or use the flowers that will be available at the church to adorn the cross in Jubilee Plaza. The sixth century tradition of flowering the cross is an especially striking and beautiful way to symbolize the new life that emerges from Christ’s death on Good Friday.