is the celebration of
Jesus Christ's victory over death.
His resurrection changed all.
The Easter Season
Begins with Ash Wednesday (February 17, 2021)
and the 1st Sunday in Lent (February 21, 2021)
and ends with Pentecost (Sunday, May 23, 2021).
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday,
-February 17, 2021-
and last 40 days, excluding Sundays.
This period of time represents the
40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.
It is a time in our faith to
reflect, fast, and give penance
in preparation of Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.
Click on Lent Devotionals for daily devotionals that will deepen your journey through Lent.
February 17, 2021
Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday and begins an important season of fasting and prayer.
Ash Wednesday is celebrated with the beginning of the Community Lenten Services and an Ash Wednesday evening service.
6 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service
First Presbyterian Church's Family Life Center
and Virtual Facebook Live Service at Fpc Carthage.
110 S. Ray St., Carthage
*Social distancing and masks required.
Ashes are placed on the forehead
in the shape of a cross to symbolize the dust from which God made us.
Palm Branches from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned into ash for this service.
COMMUNITY LENTEN SERIES
Wednesdays during Lent
Noontime worship service.
Celebrate this wonderful opportunity to worship and fellowship
with our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the Carthage area.
FEBRUARY 24 - NOON
First Missionary Baptist Church
576 Needmore Road
MARCH 3 - NOON
First Presbyterian Church
110 S. Ray St.
Inside the Family Life Center
MARCH 10 - NOON
Carthage United Methodist Church
401 McReynolds St.
MARCH 17 - NOON
First Baptist Church
108 S. McNeill St.
MARCH 24 - NOON
Mt. Olive AME Zion Church
440 Bethlehem Church Road
Outside service. Bring lawn chairs.
Stay tuned for Community Lenten Series updates via
FPC's One Call Now, Sunday announcements, and the church website.
March 28 - April 4, 2021
The Sunday before Easter to Easter Sunday.
Holy Week observes a time of devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ. His Passion? The unconditional love of mankind.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, followed by Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday Resurrection Day.
March 28, 2021
The Sunday before Easter.
The 6th Sunday of Lent in 2021.
11 a.m. Facebook Live Worship Service
-The sermon can also be viewed on the FPC Video tab of this website just after 12 p.m. -
Easter Sunday Service.
The Sunday before Easter is known as Palm Sunday and is the beginning of Holy Week.
Jesus came to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover - entering on the back of a donkey.
While an unlikely entry for a king, great crowds of people thronged the streets waving palm branches to welcome Him.
During Palm Sunday worship service, children of the church enter worship waving Palm branches singing, "Hosanna. Hosanna in the Highest" - as a praise in appeal for deliverance.
April 1, 2021
The Thursday before Easter.
Mourning the tragic events of Christ's death.
6 p.m. Tenebrae Service
The Latin word for “darkness,” Tenebrae is a service of mourning the upcoming crucifixion of our Savior on Good Friday, by means of prayer, scripture, music, and the symbolism of light.
Jesus and his disciples were in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover -
the Jewish festival commemorating the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt with Moses - an account that appears in the Old Testament books of Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and other texts.
Escaping quickly from Pharoah and his army, no time was given for their bread to rise during the night.
While commemorating that historical event of freedom for his people, Jesus gathered his disciples in the Upper Room for what is known as the
"Last Supper" - a Passover Seder feast of unleavened bread.
"The Last Supper" by Leonardo DaVinci
Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, commemorates the Last Supper, (the beginning of Holy Eucharist/communion), which is described in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 22.
At the Last Supper with his disciples, Jesus breaks bread, saying, "This is my body," and pours wine, saying, "This is my blood." He then asks the disciples to "Do this in remembrance of me."
Because Jesus instructs his followers to love and to serve, the term Maundy is derived from the Latin word for "command," and refers to Jesus' commandment to the disciples to "Love one another as I have loved you."
Maundy Thursday is also associated with foot-washing. In Jesus' time, when someone entered a home, a servant of the household would wash their feet. At the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples - an act described in the Gospel of John, chapter 13 - as a way of teaching them to be servants. Eucharistic celebrations often include washing of feet in commemoration of Jesus teaching his disciples to become leaders through servitude.
April 2, 2021
The Friday before Easter Sunday.
Good Friday commemorates the day that Jesus made the perfect atoning sacrifice so that our own sins can be forgiven.
When we accept Jesus Christ's payment for us to have a new birth or beginning, He washes away our sin and restores our right standing with God.
It is through God's mercy and grace that makes our salvation possible, and we receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. This explains why the date of Jesus' crucifixion is considered a "Good" Friday.
"He has risen. He has risen indeed!"
7 a.m. Community Sunrise Service
*The annual & Breakfast
will not be held in 2021 due to Covid-19.
11 a.m. Communion Worship Service
Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death as one of the most festive Christian celebrations worldwide.
Jesus' resurrection gave victory by our Messiah over death as a new act of God in history, so that we may have eternal life as believers.
Celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring equinox, Easter signifies rebirth and a new beginning. Beautiful white blossoms of the Easter Lilly decorate church sanctuaries on Easter Sunday - symbolizing rebirth, new beginnings, and purity in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The rugged cross is also decorated with new flowers to signify new life and beginnings.
Worship with us online or in person this Easter!
Click here on our Fpc Carthage Facbook Page for virtual worship.
*Social distancing and masks required for in-person worship.
Palm/Passion Sunday Service
11 a.m., Sunday, March 28th
Maundy Thursday / Tenebrae Service
7 p.m., Thursday, April 1st
Easter Sunday Community Sunrise Service
7 a.m., Sunday, April 4th, at FPC Cemetery.
*The annual Community Breakfast at FPC will not be held in 2021 due to Covid-19.
Easter Sunday Communion Worship Service
11 a.m., Easter Sunday, April 4th.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Easter Sunday Special Offering
This Easter, let God’s love for all people guide you in supporting a special One Great Hour of Sharing offering. This worthy mission supports families suffering from loss or poverty.
Church Office is closed on Monday, April 5th.