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Lent 2017
Ash Wednesday Worship
Wednesday, March 1
7:00pm in Loeffler Chapel
A solemn observance of the beginning of Lent through liturgy, prayer,
music, the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and the Imposition of Ashes
The ashes are created by burning the palm leaves used in last year's 
Palm Sunday service. Child care will be available by request. Please contact 
Children's Ministry Coordinator Ashley Charles by Sunday, February 26 with the
 names and ages of children that will need care. 
Click on the image (right) to view or download a poster.

Daily Devotions for Lent
Booklets Available Beginning Sunday, February 26
SPC's Lenten devotional booklet is a collection of individual reflections  written by church members on scripture passages chosen for each day in Lent.  Copies are available in booklet form in the Fellowship Hall lobby, outside the church office, and outside Loeffler Chapel.  To view and/or download a printable file, simply click on the image (left). If you prefer to have reflections emailed to you daily, please advise Parish Administrator Dorrie McGrath at spcparish@swarthmorepres.org. 

T'ai Chi
Sundays, March 5 and 19
11:45am in Loeffler Chapel
T'ai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that is often described as “meditation in motion,” promoting serenity through gentle, flowing movements. If you find yourself needing a new way to loosen the knots of stresses and strains to make room for the Spirit to do its work, you are invited to join Mary Reindorp in Loeffler Chapel after fellowship on the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month at 11:45.

Women's Lenten Retreat
Saturday, March 18
9:00am - 2:00pm in Fellowship Hall
Fear of Public Speaking: Learning to Give Testimony
Led by Rev. Joyce Shin
Suggested contribution: $10.00 per participant
SPC's PW (Presbyterian Women) invite women of all ages to spend some time together exploring the practice of testimony, its ancient history and its continuing relevance. We will take time to consider and craft our own testimonies, telling how God has been at work in our lives. In doing so, perhaps we may find that occurrences we thought ordinary are truly odd and even extraordinary.  

There will also be session on basic T'ai Chi, and plenty of time for fellowship and reflection over breakfast and lunch.  Breakfast and lunch are "potluck."  So please bring a dish you enjoy - and enough of it to share with 6-8 others.

Bring a neighbor, a relative, or a friend. Or come by yourself and discover a new circle of friends. It will be a place where we can rejoice with old friends and celebrate new ones.  But we would like to know you are coming; please sign up in advance - either in Fellowship Hall on Sunday March 5 or 12 or through the church office (610-543-4712 or spcparish@swarthmorepres.org).


Easter Lily Tributes and Memorials
Dedications due Friday, April 7
Potted lilies, hyacinths, and mums grace our worship spaces on Easter Sunday as signs of life after the resurrection and are offered afterwards to those who have lost loved ones this year.  These are provided through the donations of members and friends, and their tributes are printed in that morning's worship bulletins. Forms will be available online and in the church office by March 21.  Please fill out as many as you plan tributes for and send them, along with your check, to the church office.  We must receive your tributes by noon, Friday, April 7, in order to include them in the Easter announcements. Questions? Please be in touch with the church office at 610.543.4712 or spcparish@swarthmorepres.org.


Holy Week
Palm/Passion Sunday, April  9
Worship: 10:15am in the Sanctuary
Palm Sunday Procession: 10:00am 
We begin Holy Week just like Jesus did – with a parade. All are invited to join the procession into the sanctuary, waving palms and singing hosannas!  We will gather at 10:00 on the covered walkway near the church office to get palms and line up behind the banner-carrier. Those who might find the walk too long are invited to join the procession in the narthex. Friends and out-of-town guests welcome.  

The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is received and dedicated in worship this morning. This offering provides emergency aid to refugees and victims of disasters, supports community self-help programs, and funds hunger programs. This year's theme is "Loose the bonds of injustice; let the oppressed go free" (Isaiah 58).  One Great Hour of Sharing calendars and coin banks (for children) will be distributed in church school classes and are also available in the lobby of Fellowship Hall.  Offering envelopes are available in the pews and outside Loeffler Chapel. 

Labyrinth Walks
Sunday, April 9-Saturday, April 15
Open all day; lighted for evening walks until 10:00 pm
Walking a labyrinth is an ancient spiritual discipline that filters out distraction and allows your mind to focus. SPC enjoys an outdoor labyrinth located adjacent to the Memorial Garden (behind the ABC House). It is open for anyone at any time, and throughout Holy Week will be lighted until 10:00 pm. Pamphlets with some suggestions for scripture passages on which to reflect and guidance for the experience can be found at the labyrinth entrance and our Labyrinth web page.

Holy Week Communion Services
Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 12
7:30pm in Loeffler Chapel
Services of Word and Sacrament held in the Taize style, full of music, silence, and prayer, will be offered each weekday evening leading up to Maundy Thursday.

Maundy Thursday 
Thursday, April 13
6:30pm  Pot-luck supper  in Fellowship Hall
7:30pm  Table Communion  in Fellowship Hall
7:45pm  Tenebrae Service  in the Sanctuary 
​Dinner is potluck; each family is asked to bring a dish to feed 8-10, according to the first letter of your last name:
A-K: Main Dish; L-P: Salad, Vegetable, or Side Dish; Q-Z: Dessert.  
We celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper following our own church dinner, remembering Jesus's last meal with his disciples.   We then process in silence to the Sanctuary for a service of Tenebrae.  

Good Friday Service
Fauré Requiem, Meditations
Friday, April 14
7:30pm in the Sanctuary
The chamber orchestra version of Gabriel Fauré’s beloved Requiem, was rediscovered by John Rutter in the early 1980s long after a version for full orchestra had been made popular. Truly a French requiem, smaller and more intimate than the large German pieces of Fauré’s contemporaries, it is well suited to our sanctuary. The Chancel Choir welcomes guest instrumentalists and singers and invites us all to dwell in the sounds that give voice to a soulful expression of eternal rest.

Easter Sunday, April 16
Sunrise Garden Service
7:00am in the Memorial Garden
A joyful early morning celebration of the resurrection held in the Memorial Garden. Among the trees and early morning birds we raise our alleluias! Breakfast fare will be offered in Fellowship Hall at 7:45am.  

Traditional Easter Worship
9:00 & 11:00am in the Sanctuary
A high church celebration of the resurrection. Please bring a flower for the cross! Our Easter cross is fashioned from the Chrismon tree, stripped bare for Lent and adorned with flowers — signs of new life — on Easter morning. Musical traditions include the sounds of a brass and the singing of Händel's “Hallelujah Chorus.” Those who have lost a close friend or family member this year are invited to take home one of the potted lilies that adorn the Sanctuary this morning. There is festive fellowship for all in Fellowship Hall between the two services.
Children’s notes: Enrichment activities for children through 2nd grade will be offered during the 9:00 service. Childcare for infants and toddlers through age 4 will be available at both services.  
Worship/Music Menu

Lenten Retreat 2017
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"Create in me a clean heart, O God, 
and put a new and right spirit within me."
Psalm 51:10