Lent and Easter


Ash Wednesday

March 2 | 12:15 and 7 p.m. | Sanctuary

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a 40-day season (Excluding Sundays) of prayer and reflection leading up to Easter.  Both services include the imposition of ashes. 

Palm Sunday

April 10 | 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Children are invited to wave palms as they process into worship at the beginning of the service.  

Maundy Thursday

April 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Sanctuary

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper and Jesus’ washing the feet of his disciples. We will celebrate communion. 

Good Friday Family Worship  

April 15 | 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 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Sanctuary

Tenebrae is a solemn observance of Jesus’ passion and death. Through readings and music, we remember the somber events of Jesus’ last week. 

Easter Sunday

April 17 | 6:30, 8:30, 9, and 10:30 a.m.

We begin Easter Sunday with our sunrise service in the Pecan Grove, followed by 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. traditional services with choir and the Ryan Anthony Brass Ensemble in the Sanctuary and a 9 a.m. contemporary service in Founders Hall.


Going Deeper: A Digital Series

Have you ever found yourself asking, “How can I learn more?” after Sunday’s sermon?

The Going Deeper Digital Learning Series by Rev. Matthew Ruffner digs deeper into the weekly message to create pathways to go deeper in your faith. Contact Ann Halwas at or ext. 116 to opt “IN” for the Going Deeper Digital Series.

The Takeaway Podcast

Wondering about Lent, the 40 days of preparation for Easter? Check out Season Five of The Takeaway Podcast. We will talk about Ash Wednesday, the basics of the season, its purpose, our part in it, the signs of Lent, the journey of Jesus to Jerusalem, Holy Week, and Easter. We will unpack Lent in three dimensions: looking to the Scriptures, church history, and the present day.  On average each episode is 10 minutes long and the first episode will drop on Tuesday, March 1. Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. (This is a replay of Season Five, from Lent 2021.)

The Chosen: Watch and Discussion

Episodes of The Chosen, a contemporary film series of Jesus’ life through the eyes of those who met him, will be shown in Emmanuel Hall on Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. during Lent beginning March 8.  After each showing, 

Rev. Margaret Watkins will host a discussion of the characters, settings, and scripture.


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. Mahlon leads a live group via Zoom every Thursday at noon. Contact her for the Zoom link at or ext. 118.  You can access a “Breathe” session at anytime via phpc.org/care – click on the “Listen Here” button.

PHPC Kids Lent Take-Home Bags

Wednesday, March 2 | 12:15 and 7 p.m. | Atrium

Celebrate Lent at home with a PHPC Kids Lent Take-Home Bag.  Pick up a bag in the Atrium on your way to the Ash Wednesday Service. 

1st & 2nd Grade Sacraments Workshop

Sunday, March 6 | 9 a.m. | Room N157 

1st and 2nd Graders will learn about the sacraments of baptism and communion and why we observe them in the Presbyterian Church.

Youth Godspell/Bible Study

Sundays - March 20, 27, April 3, 10 | 5 p.m.

A four-week study for youth diving into the scriptures that inspired the narrative and music of Godspell. The youth will perform one of the musical offerings during worship April 24. 

PHPC Parents Group: How to Pray

Sundays - April 10, 24, May 1, 8 | 9 a.m. | Parlor

Feeling stuck in your prayer life? Want to be more comfortable talking and listening to God? Join us as we discuss a pattern of prayer: pausing, rejoicing, asking, and yielding. This broad framework will widen your experience of prayer and guide you closer to Jesus. The classes will be based on the book, How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig. Questions? Contact Rev. Caroline Braskamp, Parish Associate for Families at 


Other Opportunities

Easter Lily and Flower Dedications

Honor a loved one by purchasing an Easter lily to decorate the Sanctuary and Founders Hall on Easter Sunday.  

Orders can be placed by using the link: https://prestonhollow.wufoo.com/forms/q1g526yn0w1dtds/ 

We Choose Welcome – Pathways to Support Refugees in Dallas

Sunday, March 6 | 11:45 a.m. | Jubilee Hall

Join the Mission & Outreach Ministry after the 10:30 a.m. service for an information session on how PHPC members can support our newest neighbors. Hear from two interfaith groups who are supporting refugees here in Dallas and learn how you can get involved. Questions? Contact Chrissie Ozuna at or ext. 173.

Starting Point Class

Sunday, March 13 | 9 a.m.

Are you ready to become a member of PHPC or know someone interested in joining? Our next new member class, called Starting Point, is scheduled for March 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Register on our website at phpc.org/join or contact our Executive Director, Allison Cochran, at or ext. 114.

PHPC Serves Week

March 26 - April 3

It is time again for us go out and be the church in the world by giving of our time to serve alongside our Mission Partners. We have opportunities to serve at home, at church and in the community! Learn more and sign up at phpc.org/serve. Questions? Contact Chrissie Ozuna at or ext. 173.

6th - 8th Grade Glow Party & Egg Hunt

Friday, March 25 | 7 p.m. | Youth House 

6th - 8th Graders are invited to join in this fun fellowship event.  The evening will be filled with glowsticks, an egg hunt, and fun! Register at phpc.org/kids. 

Kathleen Fischer Parenting Class - “Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste” 

Sunday, April 3 | 9 a.m. | Jubilee Hall 

When a crisis hits, the temptation is to try to rush through it as quickly as possible. But what if crises offer excellent opportunities for growth? Kathleen Fischer, educator, professional coach and parent, will help us consider visioning the future and creating our own family vision.

Holy Week Breakfast and Egg Hunt 

Saturday, April 9 | 9:30 a.m. | Jubilee Hall/Courtyard 

This event is for the whole family. Come learn how you can celebrate Holy Week at home while enjoying a yummy breakfast with an egg hunt to follow! Register at phpc.org/kids. 

Flowering of the Cross

Sunday, April 17 | Courtyard

On Easter Sunday morning, bring flowers from home to adorn the cross in Jubilee Courtyard.