Lent 2020

Holy Week is a story of politics, empire, and power. Holy Week builds, day by day, toward the cross.  Some of our favorite stories from scripture actually happen during Holy Week.  This Lenten season we will travel and experience a day of Holy Week each Sunday.  This is a journey we will never forget.

As a Lenten discipline, we invite you to read the entire Gospel of Mark as a way to go deeper in faith. Each sermon will be based on a scripture from Mark.  You can download our reading guide and pastor-written devotionals on the right!


Ash Wednesday
February 26 | 12:15 and 7 p.m. | Sanctuary

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, the 40 days prior to Easter (excluding Sundays) when Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of reflection, repentance, and spiritual discipline.

Service of Wholeness and Healing
March 9 | 7 p.m. | Chapel

Are you feeling the weight of the world, or simply the weight of your own life concerns? This service for wholeness and healing is for you. All are welcome for prayer, contemplation and encouragement and support.

Palm Sunday
April 5 | All services

In this service we will wave palm branches in celebration, and also the story of Ceasar, a Roman Centurian, donkey owner, and disciple. We hope to see you at this creative and engaging worship experience!

Maundy Thursday
April 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Sanctuary

Maundy Thursday is believed to be the day Jesus celebrated the Last Supper.  This service features communion.

Good Friday Family Worship 
April 10 | 4 p.m. |  Founders Hall

This service provides a way to help your children connect the Holy Week story to Easter in a creative way.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service
April 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Sanctuary

Through readings and music, we remember the somber events of Jesus’ last week.

Easter Sunday
April 12 | 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 a.m. and 5 p.m.

We begin Easter Sunday with our Sunrise service in the Pecan Grove, followed by traditional services in the Sanctuary and Worship at Five in Founders Hall.  We will offer a shuttle from 6:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. from and to St. Mark’s School.

Flowering of the Cross
On Easter Sunday, bring flowers from home or use the available flowers to adorn the cross in Jubilee Plaza.


Reading Through Mark
One of the best ways to learn more about the Bible is to spend time reading it each day.  Download the six-week Lenten reading plan for the gospel of Mark at phpc.org/lent.  You can also download our supplemental study guide to help you dive into the lessons of the last week of Jesus’ life.

download here

Table Groups
Join a six-week table group from March 2-April 13 as we travel through the Gospel of Mark and explore a different day of the last week of Jesus’ life. Use the study guide to help your small group dive into the lessons each week. 

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Weekly Pastor’s Podcast and Online Devotional
Each week, we will email a digital version of our online weekly devotional with a link to our podcast.  The digital devotional invites you to listen and reflect weekly with the PHPC pastors on a biblical text or theme of Lent so you can be refilled and refueled for the work of love and justice that we are called to do.  To receive our emails, contact:

Taking a Breath led by Mahlon Hight
Sunday March 8 | Jubilee Hall B | 9:30 a.m.

Throughout the gospels, Jesus takes time apart to breathe, pray, and connect with God, while encouraging others to do the same. In our hyper-connected, busy world, we often forget the simple practice of breathing as a way to ground ourselves and connect with God. Join us as we learn the practice of breathing used by Navy Seals and spiritual mystics alike!

Taking a Breath Podcast With Mahlon Hight
In this companion resource, PHPC’s Coordinator for Congregational Care, Mahlon Hight, offers a brief guided breathing session to help reduce stress, lower your heart rate, and re-center your life. phpc.org/podcast

The Last Gospel led by Rev. Dr. Margaret Watkins
April 5 | Jubilee Hall | 9:30 a.m.

John tells of a time when the followers of Jesus were confronting contemporary Judaism and shares new conversations, new images, and new insight into the last week of Jesus’ life, none of which are found in Matthew, Mark or Luke. Join us as we explore Jesus’ final week from the perspective of this unique and important gospel. 

The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan -POSTPONED
Led by Rev. Dr. Sarah Johnson
March 22 | Jubilee Hall B | 9:30 a.m.

Using Mark’s Gospel, we will explore the politics, empire, and power that lurk in the background of Jesus’ Palm Sunday story. In advance of the class, participants are asked to read chapter one of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s book The Last Week.

*Please register ahead of the class to receive the reading at phpc.org/lent

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Worship in the House Breakfast Church
March 1 | Youth House | 9:30 a.m.

We are kicking off Lent with a special breakfast in the Youth House during worship. All youth are welcome!

PHPC Kids Eggstravaganza 
April 3 | 7-8:30 p.m.   | Youth House

This event is for all kids Grades 1-6. Grades 1-4 will have a Glow Egg Hunt and Grades 5-6 will have a Flashlight Hunt. Come for egg games, pizza and more! 

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Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt 
April 11 |  9 a.m.  | Jubilee Courtyard

Families and kids of all ages are invited to a special breakfast cooked by our Men’s Breakfast group! Egg hunt will follow. 

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Masterworks: How Can I Keep From Singing?
March 8 | Sanctuary | 7 p.m.

Masterworks 2020 will feature a new commissioned Oratorio from Gary Fry, “How Can I Keep from Singing?”  In addition, concerto soloists with orchestra will be PHPC superstars Bradley Hunter Welch, Kara Welch, and Alison Read. Entrance is free.