At Shepherd of the Hill, we hold several special worship services in addition to our Sunday morning worship. Please see the website calendar for specific dates.
Ash Wednesday Service
Soup Supper - 6:00 pm / Worship Service - 7:00 pm
Come join us for a simple supper of soup and bread followed by worship. The dinner is provided in the fellowship hall. All ages are welcome and encouraged to come. The worship service will be for an hour in the sanctuary.
The worship of Ash Wednesday will be a time of contemplation and meditation through music, silence and scripture. We conclude worship with the mark of ashes on the forehead.
Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” Maundy Thursday is the time we celebrate Jesus giving people the new commandment that we love one another as he has loved us.
To celebrate this commandment to love one another, you are invited to share in a common meal of soup and salad in the sanctuary. We will have a communal liturgy together at the end of the meal celebrating both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday by doing both communion and a Tenebrae service. Communion will be done informally by serving each other around the table (so don’t worry about how you partake; you can’t mess it up). You will serve one another however feels respectful of Christ to you. Tenebrae means “shadows.” After communion, we will read Matthew’s account of the Passion of our Lord and experience the growing shadows of sin and this world’s darkness gathering around the cross through the extinguishing of candles throughout our the sanctuary.
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Held the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving, Shepherd of the Hill joins with other local Presbyterian congregations to give thanks for all that God has given us.
On the night before Christmas, we offer two services of worship.
Family Service with A Story for Christmas at 7:00 p.m.
The family service will be designed for those young at heart who enjoy lots of advent carols and a good story for the season. Rev. Gary Mathiesen reads a Christmas story. The conclusion of the service includes the lighting of our candles.
A Communion Service of Lessons and Carols at 11:00 p.m.
This is a service of meditation using various advent lessons from scripture and select carols. There is special music and many of our youth and young adults are the readers of our advent lessons. The service concludes moments before Christmas Day with the celebration of God’s love in communion with candle light.