Holy Week And Easter Services Announced

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The Catholic Church of Holy Nativity

1414 N. Easy St., Payson — Sunday, March 24 Palm Sunday Reading of the Passion and Mass 10 a.m.

Wednesday, March 27 Low Mass and Unction 10 a.m.

Thursday, March 28 Maundy (Holy) Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29 Good Friday — Church open for prayer, meditation and confessions noon to 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 30 Holy Saturday — Easter Vigil Mass and lighting of the Paschal Candle 6:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, March 31 Easter Mass 10 a.m. following the Annual Easter Brunch.

Community Presbyterian Church

800 W. Main St., Payson — Maundy Thursday, March 28, is the day when Christ introduced the Sacrament of Holy Communion to the Disciples. The service to be used originates from the Church of Scotland (ancestral home for Presbyterians) and consists mainly of readings from Holy Scripture. This particular order of worship shows clearly why the Sacrament of communion is observed, and the meaning of each part, for both new and lifelong Christians, it gives the opportunity to reflect on the Sacrament’s meaning. The service also includes foot-washing. The service will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Presbyterians believe in “Open Communion” — all persons who acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior are welcome at the Table. You can contact the church office at (928) 474-2059 with any questions.

Good Friday, March 29 — Community Presbyterian Church participates in an Ecumenical Service. This year it will be held at Community Presbyterian Church and the service will be a Tenebrae (Tenebrae is Latin for “The Shadows”). It is a powerful service of Darkness, as Christ dies. The service will begin at 7 p.m.

Easter, Sunday, March 31 — You are welcome to attend Easter service with us on Easter morning, starting with breakfast at 9 a.m. and worship starting at 10:30 a.m.

Expedition Church

Meets at the Julia Randall Elementary School gym, 902 W. Main St., Payson — 10:10 a.m., Sunday, March 31, Easter Service. Pastor Donovan Christian will share a special message titled “Every Scar Tells a Story.” Nursery is available and children will have a special celebration including games, crafts and Easter story. For more information, go to discoverexpedition.com.

First Baptist Church of Pine

4039 N. Highway 87, Pine — Resurrection Services will be celebrated Sunday, March 31 with a Sunrise Service at approximately 6:45 a.m., with a free breakfast to follow; Bible study classes at 9:15 a.m.; and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to help the congregation celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior by attending all or any of the services on this day of celebration when we rejoice our Risen Lord. For more information, please call the Church Office at (928) 476-3552.

Mount Cross Lutheran Church

601 E. Highway 260, Payson — Two services are offered on Palm Sunday — an 8:30 a.m. traditional and a 10:30 a.m. praise service. 

Maundy Thursday, March 28, service at 6 p.m.

Good Friday, March 29, service at 1:30 p.m., plus in the evening, Mount Cross will join with Payson Community Presbyterian, Payson United Methodist, and St. Paul’s Episcopal churches in an ecumenical service to be held at Payson Community Presbyterian at 7 p.m.

Mount Cross celebrates Easter Sunday with two services — an 8:30 a.m. traditional and a 10:30 a.m. praise service. A continental breakfast buffet will be offered between the services in the log building. 

Ponderosa Bible Church

1800 N Beeline Highway, Payson — 7 p.m., Friday, March 29, Good Friday Service.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church

507 W. Wade Lane — Palm Sunday, March 24 service at 10 a.m. The theme is “God is Not Mocked.”

Maundy Thursday, March 28, service at 6 p.m. Holy Communion will be served. The theme is “The Taste Test.”

Good Friday, March 29, service at 6 p.m. The theme is “Buried.”

Easter Sunday, March 31, Son-Rise service at 7 a.m. with Holy Communion. The theme is “Exodus For All.” A pancake breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Easter Resurrection at 10 a.m. with Holy Communion. The theme is “Some to The Feast.”

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.

Resurrection Celebration in the Park!

Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the big ramada at Rumsey Park. Hosted by the Payson Christian Ministerial fellowship, there will be live entertainment including music, drama and puppet shows. Expect fun for the whole family with free food, drinks, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, burritos and desserts. There will also be a clothing giveaway; community information booths; games for the children; bounce houses; face painting; hay ride; newspaper hats; prizes and candy. Everything is free — just bring a non-perishable food item for the local food banks.

St. Philip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church

511 S. St. Philips St., Payson — Passion/Palm Sunday Masses: Saturday vigil Mass 5:30 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in English and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish.

Holy Thursday, March 28, 7:30 a.m. rosary and morning prayer; 6 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Evening Visit to Eucharist Repository in the Parish Center Hall.

Good Friday, March 29: 7:30 a.m., rosary and morning prayer; noon, Stations of the Cross in Spanish; 5:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross in English; 6 p.m. Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord.

Holy Saturday, March 30: 9 a.m., rosary and morning prayer Blessing of Food; 7 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass.

Easter Sunday, March 31: Mass — 9 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in English; 12:30 p.m. in Spanish.

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