Fort Lauderdale, FL (March 5, 2019) With spring time just around the corner, Holy Week preparations are in full swing at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. Everyone in the community is invited to grow in faith and fellowship by participating in as many opportunities as possible during the season of Lent. Beginning with Palm Sunday on April 14, 2019 and concluding with Easter Sunday on April 21, 2019, Faith Will Come Alive during Holy Week at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale!

“Each spring we offer several special opportunities for our members, friends and guests to truly bring the Easter story to life,” said Rev. Dr. Patrick Wrisley, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. “Our annual Holy Week opportunities are a time of reflection and spiritual growth, and for those in attendance they offer a powerful reminder of the selflessness displayed by our Lord on this day.”

Highlights of this year’s Holy Week include a Labyrinth Walk – a time of solace and contemplative prayer; a Tenebrae Service of Light and Celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy-Thursday; a light luncheon following a Good Friday noon service; and three services to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.

The Easter Sunday celebration on April 21, 2019 will begin at 8 a.m. with a special sunrise service in Fort Lauderdale’spicturesque Colee Hammock Park (1500 Brickell Drive, Fort Lauderdale). This will be followed by contemporary worship at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall and a traditional service in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m.

The full Holy Week schedule of events is as follows:

Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 14, 2019
8:30 a.m. – Traditional worship in the Chapel-in-the-Sky
9:30 a.m. – Contemporary worship in Fellowship Hall
11 a.m. – Traditional worship in the Sanctuary

Labyrinth Walk
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 and Thursday, April 18, 2019
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Fellowship Hall
Contemplative time of prayer.

Maundy Thursday: A Tenebrae Service of Light and Celebration of the Lord’s Supper 
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Worship at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, including communion.
The worship service of Tenebrae reflects the sufferings and death of Christ for our salvation. The service of light gradually diminishes to symbolize the events of Holy Week. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper emphasizes Christ’s institution of the Sacrament.

Good Friday
Friday, April 19, 2019
Worship at noon in the Sanctuary
Immediately following worship, a light luncheon will be provided in Fellowship Hall.

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 21, 2019
8 a.m. – Sunrise service in Colee Hammock Park
9:30 a.m. – Contemporary worship service in Fellowship Hall
11 a.m. – Traditional worship service in the Sanctuary

For additional information about First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale’s Holy Week, the worship schedule, or the diverse array of faith-based and social programming, visit or call (954) 462-6200.