SPECIAL SERVICES

Arts Worship

Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church celebrates the arts as an expression of God’s beauty and love, speaking truth in this broken and hurting world that God loves. From time to time, artists in the congregation work with the pastor to create what we call an Arts Worship Event (A.W.E.). These worship services feature talent from the congregation as well as the larger community to worship God and speak to life in our world.

Thanksgiving

Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church and the congregation of St. Richard’s continue a tradition of 20+ years of a JOINT CELEBRATION of Thanksgiving!  We celebrate the Sunday before Thanksgiving to free everyone for the festivities and meal preparation of Thanksgiving at home on Thanksgiving Day.  We alternate churches for the celebration, with the pastor from the other church preaching.

Christmas Eve

As with most congregations, Christmas is a special time at LACPC. Each Christmas Eve, we have two services, with a Deacon sponsored Soup Supper between them. Our 5:00 PM Christmas Eve service includes a Christmas play by our youth, which features our children’s Christmas Pageant. This service also includes lessons and carols.  At 7:30 PM, after nourishment and fellowship at our Soup Supper, we worship with our traditional services of lessons and carols, which includes choral music and bells, features soloists who play a variety of instruments.

Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday, we begin our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes, an ancient sign, that speaks of the frailty and uncertainty of human life and marks the penitence of this community.

Holy Week

During Holy Week, LACPC worships on both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Worshiping in the round, our Maundy Thursday service takes place at 7:30 PM in in a special, candlelit worship space around the communion table. There we celebrate communion as we commemorate Jesus last supper with his disciples, praying and singing in a contemplative atmosphere.  At 7:30 PM on Good Friday, we worship with a lessons and carols style Tenebrae (Shadows) service in which we experience a single gospel writer’s account of Jesus’ Passion, ending in the dark as we sing “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

Easter

Alleluias resound as we lift our voices in praise to God, celebrating that the Lord Jesus is Risen indeed! A service of morning prayer celebrating Jesus’ resurrection takes place at 8:00 AM. Following participation in our community’s Sunrise Service down by the lake, members of the church serve a bountiful breakfast which is open until 9:30 AM. Then the butterflies that the children have grown from caterpillars are released in our courtyard, symbolizing Jesus’ resurrection!  At 10:00 AM, we worship God with enthusiasm and joy and we participate in the Easter call and respond: The Lord is Risen; He is Risen indeed!