Lent 2021: Finding Oasis in the Desert


During the Season of Lent, we contemplate what is important to us, and realign our time with our priorities. We make more time for God and for God's path for us. We give things up, or take on a new practice or discipline, helping us realize our needs versus our wants, and that we can persevere even through the most difficult of times. As we continue to wade through this trying time of pandemic, this Lent we explore the theme of finding oasis in the wilderness. You are invited to join us for our Lenten worship services, Community Hour sessions, and other events as we dig deep and find our desert bloom.

During this Season of Lent, Jazz Coffeehouse will be exploring the theme of "New Life." We hope you'll join us during the social time following the coffeehouse for an informal reflection on age-old questions, led by Seminarian Thomas A. Mitchell. 

  • 2/18: Do you give something up for Lent? 
  • 2/25 : Why is it so hard to forgive?
  • 3/4: Does evil exist?
  • 3/11: Does God want us to suffer?
  • 3/18: Should We Fear Death?
  • 3/25: What is the "New Life?"

Saturday March 27th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This come-and-go event on our sloping sidewalk outside will be a way for congregation members to pick up palms so you have them for Palm Sunday --  and provide an opportunity for those who have participated in folding paper cranes for our Easter installation to drop them off. Children & Families may also pick up (pre-requested) supplies from Kate Nintcheu for an Easter Garden. We will maintain all of our safety procedures of masking and keeping distance during this time period.

Holy Week

All of our Holy Week services will streamed online - tune in at livestream.com/oldsouth.

10:00 a.m.
We mark Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem as our shouts of Hosanna fade to the drama of the coming week. 

5:00 p.m. | Children's Worship
We will offer a special service with Kate Nintcheu for children to walk through the events of Holy Week, leading up to Good Friday. The program will premiere during a Zoom conference on Thursday April 1st at 5 p.m. - and will available in prerecorded video form after that time. For more information, email Kate at children@oldsouth.org.

12:00 p.m.  | Service with Communion and Hand Washing, via zoom
This interactive service of Word and Sacrament marks Jesus' final acts of ministry with the disciples. We will reenact the story of Maundy Thursday as we share the bread and cup, and the symbol of water - reminders of our humility, belovedness and servanthood. 

12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
On the most somber day of the Christian year, we gather in prayer and song to reflect on the last hours of Christ, and mourn the death that changed the world. This year we're offering virtual services at noon via Zoom and 6 p.m. via Livestream.com.

10:00 a.m.
The triumph of the Christian story of resurrection informs a service of worship that is characterized by joyous celebration. Trumpet and organ, voice and timpani combine to bring us to the empty tomb, to peer inside, to see it is empty, to give God wild thanksgiving for the hope of everlasting life.