Lent 2018

The good news of the gospel is that we encounter God’s salvation in embodied ways— in our body’s ability to perceive familiar realties and interpret new ones. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday - a stark liturgical reminder we are dust. It ends during a holy week of alabaster jars, cool water on weary feet, and the bittersweet taste of wine at the last supper. Join us on this Lenten journey as we consider together who we are and how we encounter an incarnate God through our senses.


February 18: Taste
Mark 8:22-25

February 25: Hear
Luke 7:11-15

March 4: Sight
John 2:1-10

March 11: Touch
John 5:25-29

March 18: Smell
John 12:1-3

March 25
Palm Passion Sunday Dramatic Reading

Service Times

Ash Wednesday
February 14
12:15 p.m., 7 p.m.

Palm Sunday
March 25
8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m., 5 p.m.

Maundy Thursday
March 29
7:30 p.m.

Good Friday Tenebrae
March 30
7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday
April 1
Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m.
8, 9:30 and 11 a.m., 5 p.m.

Adult Formation

"Shabbat Practice in the Jewish Tradition"
March 4, 9:30 a.m., Jubilee Hall
Roz Katz, Temple Emanu-El Dallas

"Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace"
March 11, 9:30 a.m., Jubilee Hall
Deanna Hollas

“A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
March 18, 3 p.m.
Performance by Al Staggs
Supported by the PHPC Foundation

Sabbath and Labyrinth Practice
March 25, 9:30 a.m., Jubilee Hall
Rev. Nancy Drake

Table Groups

Week of February 19- March 26

Join us for six weeks of food, fellowship, and discussion of Walter Brueggemann’s book Sabbath as Resistance. Table Groups are wonderful way to make connections and dive deeper this Lent. 

Daily Devotions

Receive a Lenten devotion with a reflection, question, and prayer in your email each morning. Pastors, staff and members have written a short reflection accompanied by scripture and prayer to start your day. If you are not on the church’s email list and you would like to be, please contact  

Worship at Five

February 25: Join us in Jubilee Hall for a special Worship at Five service around dinner tables. We will eat and fellowship as we worship and explore the sense of “Taste.”

March 25: Members of the Worship at Five community will plan and lead a special Palm Passion Sunday service. If you are interested in being a part of this creative planning team, please contact Jessie Light-Wells at

family activities

PHPC Kids Easter Egg-Stravaganza
March 23 at 7 p.m.

Our second annual Easter Eggstravaganza! Last year was so much fun, we decided to do it again. 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
March 31 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. Kathy Lee-Cornell 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.