SPECIAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES: WORSHIP
Lenten Dinners & Worship
During lent we have a carry-in dinner following by a time of worship in our chapel. Every Wednesday evening during lent except for the Wednesday of Easter. Dinner begins at 5:30 and worship at 6:15.
The Passion of Christ
The Passion of Christ refers to the last few days of Christ’s life on earth. Every year since 2008, the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello has celebrated the Passion of Christ with special presentations on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and a traditional Easter Service on Sunday.
Maundy Thursday: Last Supper Drama
Maundy Thursday is brought to life with a live presentation of Leonardo DaVinci’s famous painting of the Last Supper as seen through the eyes of his disciples. Each participant, except for Christ himself, talks about his hopes, fears, and expectations. The presentation casts what happened in a very human light. You will be deeply affected by what these men were going through. Their entire world -- their hopes, their dreams -- was falling apart. You will find something life-affirming to take away from the experience.
The re-enactment begins just as Jesus has told them that one of them will betray him. The disciples react in different ways depending on their character and as depicted in Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting. They respond with the feelings that each Disciple felt about Jesus and their experience with him.
Following the Last Supper presentation, the service ends with the Sacramental Elements being taken off the table and carried into the chapel. All the Apostles leave, looking back at the cross in the sanctuary. The congregation follows them into the chapel where communion is served.
This is a time for reflection, not only on what God has sacrificed to free us from the shackles of sin, but also on what that freedom really means to us. To be free of sin doesn’t mean that we can live without responsibility for our actions. Rather, it means that if we believe in Christ, our sins will be forgiven and we will be free to act according to God's will. Christ experienced the wrath of God on this day two thousand years ago, so we will not have to. Through the reenactment of witnesses of the crucifixion we are drawn into the reality of the suffering of our Savior.
Easter Sunday Service is the culmination of God’s promise to us of eternal life. It is the assurance that at the end of this life there is a far, far better life, a life that we’ll spend in the company of God. Christ’s resurrection turns the sadness of the crucifixion into joy and hope. It’s an invitation for us to begin planning for participating in God's Kingdom right now, today. The simple reality is that our journey is an important part of our final destination. It points us toward the future and to paradise.
Come celebrate with us the everlasting joy and hope of Easter and the promise of a future more wonderful than any of us can imagine.
Family Christmas Service
Each year on the Sunday before Christmas we hold a family Christmas worship service during which there is a live nativity scene with adult members portraying Mary, Joseph and the Wisemen. Children are invited to participate by offering gifts to the Christ child and by hearing the story of his birth.
At 10:00 pm on Christmas Eve we hold a candlelight service with communion. Depending on weather we also have a live nativity scene outside the church or, if too cold, this is held in our chapel.