Easter Celebrations


The Rim Country’s religious leaders offer two special joint celebrations of the Holy season this week.

There is an ecumenical Good Friday service at 7 p.m., Friday, April 18 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Hwy. 260, Payson.

The leaders and congregations of Mount Cross, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Payson United Methodist and Payson Community Presbyterian will gather for a Tenebrae service and the public is invited to attend.

The Tenebrae service is celebrated with the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and Psalms are recited.

The second special joint celebration is the annual Resurrection Celebration, hosted by the Payson Ministerial Fellowship from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the big ramada in Rumsey Park.

There will be live entertainment, including music, drama and puppet shows. There will be fun for the whole family with free food, drinks, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, burritos and desserts. A clothing giveaway is planned and community information booths will be open. There will be games for the children, bounce houses, face painting, prizes and candy.

Everything is free, but those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food banks.

Individual churches have scheduled the following Holy Week and Easter Services:

Community Presbyterian Church

Maundy Thursday, April 17, 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., Thursday, April 17 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 – Community Presbyterian Church participates in an Ecumenical Service. This year it will be held at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 East Hwy 260, and the service will be a Tenebrae. The service will begin at 7 p.m. Tenebrae is Latin for “The Shadows”; it is a powerful service of Darkness, as Christ dies.

Easter – Rim residents and visitors are welcome to attend Easter service on Easter morning, starting with breakfast at 9 a.m. and worship starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main, Payson, call (928) 474-2059 for details.

Expedition Church

Members of the Expedition Church invite Rim residents and visitors to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at 10:10 a.m., Sunday, April 20 in the Julia Randall Elementary gym. Pastor Donovan Christian will share a special message titled, Down But Not Out. A 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

The congregation of the First Baptist Church of Pine invites residents and visitors to join it for Resurrection Sunday Services Sunday, April 20 beginning with a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. to watch the sunrise over Milk Ranch Point and hear about The Son who rose on this day more than 2,000 years ago. Following this service attend the annual Deacon’s Breakfast, and then join the church’s Bible study classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and Morning Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Pine is at 4039 N. Highway 87, Pine; call (928) 476-3552.

First Church of the Nazarene

The First Church of the Nazarene will celebrate Good Friday, April 18 with a special showing of the Billy Graham film, The Cross, to be presented at 6:00 p.m.  The film shows the power of God to transform a life.

Easter Sunday, April 20, everyone is invited to celebrate the Risen Lord as Pastor Richard Richey presents the message, Knowing the Power of Christ’s Resurrection at 9:30 a.m. As part of the Easter service, the choir will perform selections from the musical, I Will Embrace the Cross.

Payson First Church of the Nazarene is at 200 E. Tyler Parkway; call (928) 474-5890 for more information. 

Mount Cross Lutheran Church

The schedule for Holy Week at Mount Cross Lutheran Church:

April 17 - Learn to be a servant leader through Jesus’ example at the 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday service

April 18 - Join with others in this day of remembrance with a Good Friday afternoon service at 1:30 p.m. and an Ecumenical service at 7 p.m. with members of St. Paul’s Episcopal, Payson United Methodist, Payson Community Presbyterian and the general public.

April 20 - He IS risen - Joyful praises will be lifted to the heavens at Easter Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. (traditional) and 10:30 a.m. (contemporary)

An Easter Egg Hunt for the youngsters and an Easter Brunch for everyone will be held between services.

Mount Cross Lutheran Church is at 601 E. Highway 260; call (928) 474-3787 for more information.

Mountain Bible Church

Mountain Bible Church invites Rim residents and visitors to join the congregation the evening of Good Friday for a special showing of the internationally renowned Jesus Film at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. Admission is free and a children’s program will be provided. 

Guests for Easter Sunday, April 20 may attend one of three services:  7 a.m., 8:45 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Pastor Jim will be speaking on the topic “Who was this man?” 

There will be a youth Bible Study in the Activities Center during the second service and the children’s program will feature a re-enactment of Holy Week during the second and third services. There will also be refreshments served after each service. Mountain Bible Church is at 302 E. Rancho Rd., Payson; for more information, call the office at (928) 472-7800 or our visit the website www.mountainbible.org.

Payson First Assembly of God

The public is invited to attend special services at Payson First Assembly of God church, 1100 W Lake Drive, (the church at Green Valley Park) this weekend. 

The congregation will be hosting a Good Friday service including Communion at 6:30 p.m., April 18.

The Resurrection Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. on April 20.  The service will include a musical presentation “He’s Alive” in addition to a special Easter message presented by Pastor Kelly Wooldridge.  

Payson First Assembly of God is at 1100 W Lake Drive; for more information, call the church office at (928) 474-2302, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Payson United Methodist Church

Holy Week Services at Payson United Methodist Church include:

Maundy Thursday, April 17 - a Seder Dinner served at 5:30 p.m.

Good Friday, April 18 - Ecumenical Service at 7 p.m., at Mt. Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Hwy. 260, Payson

Easter Sunday, April 20 - Sunrise Service at 6 a.m.; Informal Service at 8:30 a.m.; Traditional Service at 11 a.m.

Roman Catholic Church of Holy Nativity

Come and celebrate the most important days in the Christian year and the most important day in the life of a Christian, come and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Roman Catholic Church of Holy Nativity under the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter will celebrate the following services for Holy week and Easter:

Holy Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m., Mass and foot washing

Good Friday, April 18, noon to 3p.m., the church will be open for private devotions; 2 p.m., Stations of the Cross 2 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 19, 6 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. Easter Mass, celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord

The Church of the Holy Nativity is at 1414 North Easy Street, Payson (the corner of Bradley and Easy Street); call (928) 478-6988 for more information.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Services planned include: Wednesday, April 16, Passover Seder meal and Eucharistic Service; 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, Maundy Thursday, foot washing.

Friday, April 18, noon, Good Friday liturgy; 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross; 7 p.m., Ecumenical Good Friday Service at Mount Cross Lutheran church with a Tenebrae service, the distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and Psalms are recited.

Sunday, April 20, Easter Sunday Services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is at 1000 N. Easy St., Payson; call (928) 474-3834 for more information.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church

Holy Week Services at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church include:

Maundy Thursday, April 17, service at 6 p.m., Holy Communion will be served; the theme is Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Good Friday, April 18, service at 6 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20, Son-Rise service at 7 a.m. with Holy Communion; the theme is While it was Still Dark. A pancake breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Easter Resurrection Service is at 10 a.m. with Holy Communion; the theme is Earthshaking News.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is at 507 W. Wade Lane; for more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440 or go online to www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com


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