Lenten Services

Celtic EvenSong                        Wednesdays at 5:30pm                               Sanctuary

includes Ash Wednesday, March 1


MorningSong                                 Sundays at 8:30am                                    Pope Hall

Traditional Worship                     Sundays at 11:00am                                  Sanctuary


First Sunday in Lent, March 5                            

Scripture:       Psalm 32, Matthew 4:1-11

Anthem:         Just as I Am by Richard W. Steward

Special music by the Chancel Bell Choir for the


Second Sunday in Lent, March 12

Scripture:       Psalm 121, Genesis 12:1-4a

Anthem:         Peccantem me quotidie by Cristobal Morales


Third Sunday in Lent, March 19

Scripture:       Psalm 95, John 4:1-15

Anthem:         Pilgrim’s Hymn by Stephen Paulus


Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 26

Scripture:       Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16, Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Anthem:         Crux Fidelis by David W. Beatty


Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 2

Scripture:       Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, I Samuel 3:1-10

Anthem:         Agnus Dei by Thomas Morley


Holy Week

Palm Sunday, April 9                     Service at 8:30 am                                     Pope Hall

                                                       Service at 10:00am                                   Sanctuary

Scripture:       Psalms 118:1-2, 19-29, Matthew 27:15-23

Anthem:         Pueri Hebraeorum by Tomas Victoria

Procession to the plaza at 10:45am following the second service to meet and celebrate with the other downtown churches—the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and the Church of the Holy Faith Episcopal. Suzann Kemp, bagpiper, will lead us to the plaza.

Maundy Thursday, April 13            Service at 5:30pm                                    Sanctuary

Anthem:         Were You There When They Crucified My Lord by Bob Chilcott

Tenebrae comes from the Latin meaning darkness. The Tenebrae service is an ancient Christian service where the light gradually diminishes symbolizing the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God.

Good Friday, April 14                    Concert at 5:30pm                                    Sanctuary

The Chancel Choir will commemorate Good Friday with a composition by Dale Wood entitled A Service for Darkness:  Jesus’ Death Upon the Cross. In seven sections that correspond to the traditional Seven Last Words of Christ, the composition uses poetry from writers of the 13th and 19th centuries. Dale Wood (1934–2003) was born to Finnish-Polish parents with the last name of Wojtkiewiecz that was shorten by the immigration authorities to Wood. He spent most of his life in California and was known worldwide as a distinguished composer, editor, author, organist and conductor. This piece gives a unique voice to statements of Jesus pulled together from Matthew, Luke and John and a beautiful environment to contemplate this profound holy mystery of the Christian tradition.

Easter Egg Hunt, April 15              Gather at 10:30am                                Federal Park

Peter Cottontail arrives with his stash of eggs & prizes. The hunt itself starts promptly at 10:45.


Easter Festival Services, April 16

Scripture:       Acts 10:34-43

Anthem:         Christ the Lord is Risen Again by John Rutter

Sunrise Service at 6:30am

Greet Easter morning with a service in the Rooftop Garden.

Breakfast 7:15–8:15am

in Pope Hall

8:30 and 11:00am in the Sanctuary

Trumpeters Jim Toevs and Jan McDonald play baroque favorites in the prelude and postlude celebrating that Christ is risen!


Music & Art

TGIF Concerts                                Fridays at 5:30pm                                              Sanctuary

Every Friday night First Presbyterian Church opens its doors to the community of Santa Fe for a time of music and reflection. Free will offering.

March 3          Robert Simonds, violin

Music of Orff, Mattheis, Van Ness, Bach, Cole, Bates, and Beck

March 10       eSSO: Eternal Summer String Orchestra, with David Ponder, harp

Music of Handel, Debussy, and Respighi

March 17       EPIK Artists of Performance Santa Fe

The EPIK Artist Program is part of the Education and Outreach of Performance Santa Fe and is designed for the most technically and musically advanced young musicians in the Santa Fe area. These musicians already demonstrate a high level of technical skill, musicianship and commitment to pursuing a musical career.

March 24       Bach’s Birthday – Linda Raney, organ

Music of …. Bach!

  • Prelude and Fugue in E Major, BWV 552
  • Chorale Prelude on “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, BWV 659
  • Chorale Prelude on “Ein feste Burg”, BWV 720
  • Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565

March 31       Eve West Trio, jazz

The Eve West Trio brings fresh energy and emotion to jazz and Latin standards from the 30s, 40s, and beyond. Eve is a professional vocalist and voice teacher in Santa Fe. She’s been singing jazz and writing poetry to jazz for over three decades. She is a published author, writing coach, and Poet Laureate Emerita. She is pleased to be working with local musicians Joseph Salack, an accomplished pianist; and Justin Bransford, a talented bassist.

April 7             Fred Kronacher, piano

Music of Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, and Chopin

April 14           Good Friday Concert—see more detail in the Holy Week schedule


Back Pew Gallery    Open Fridays after TGIF, Sunday Mornings

The Back Pew Gallery presents the Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild exhibition Sacred Symbols in the month of March. The opening is this Friday, March 3, from 6:00–7:30pm. In April the theme will be Faces. We are asking all church members to feel free to submit work for the April show. The theme covers human faces and faces of “. . .  living creatures of every kind:  cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind” (Genesis 1:24). Inanimate faces also welcome, such as masks, gems, clocks and the faces of nature. Bring your works in any media on Sunday, April 2, from 8:30am–12:30pm in a form ready to be displayed.

One Great Hour of Sharing                          

Offering on April 9 and 16

Lent is traditionally a season of fasting and prayer. During this time, Christians pay close attention to spiritual disciplines that deepen our understanding of what God is doing in our lives and in the world. We spend time together hearing about and praying for the ministries of compassion and justice done through our support of One Great Hour of Sharing. Jesus’ ministry was among those who were most vulnerable. He preached good news to the poor and release to the captives. One Great Hour of Sharing helps us share this same good news to those same vulnerable people in our world today: those who are hungry, who are suffering from disaster, who are dealing with oppression in society.

Study & Prayer

New people are always welcome to these groups. If you have questions, contact the church office at office@fpcsantafe.org.


Resurrection Hope for a Time Such as This

Sundays 9:30–10:45am                       McFarland Chapel

Led by Rev. Jim Brown

Our Good Friday–Easter tradition grounds us in the radical hope that “In life and in death we belong to God.” A thesis we’ll explore in our class is articulated by Christian Wiman in My Bright Abyss, Meditation of a Modern Believer. He sees the life of Christ “as not merely a point in time but as a portal to eternity.” For him, “Christ is not alive now because he rose from the dead two thousand years ago. He rose from the dead two thousand years ago because he is alive right now.” We’ll ponder what this means for us and for the entire created order.

Fireside Chat with the Mystics     Tuesdays at 5:00pm                            Rendon Room

Led by Rev. Linda C. Loving

This group continues their exploration of Catherine of Siena whose spiritual writings and political boldness in the 14th century continues to inspire us today.

Christian Yoga for Spiritual Renewal    Tuesdays at 6:15pm             McFarland Chapel

Led by Dana Moore and Lisa Moore

Participants engage in meditations, movement, and prayers that empty, simplify, and align, making room for God’s presence in our bodies, minds, and spirits. Complete yoga beginners are welcome. Suggested donation of $40. Call 316.6986 to register. Dana Moore is a licensed clinical counselor, and Lisa Moore is a certified yoga instructor.

 Morning Prayer                          Wednesdays at 7:00am                  McFarland Chapel

Wednesday Morning Prayer is open to all. It meets in the chapel at 7:00 a.m. Six to 20 people attend on any given Wednesday …rain, snow, sleet or hail. A short prayer service is followed by coffee time with a far-ranging discussion. The prayer service is built around the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship and includes the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday, intercessory prayers and times of silence.

Book Study                                  Wednesdays at 6:30pm                                 Pope Hall

Led by Rev. Dr. Harry Eberts III

The Belhar Confession was recently added to our Book of Confessions and is the only document to come from the Southern hemisphere. It was written in response to apartheid in South Africa and addresses themes of unity, reconciliation and justice—issues applicable no matter where one lives. No need to buy a book or read in advance. We will provide the devotional material from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Join us beforehand for the Celtic Evensong service 5:30–6:00pm in the Sanctuary, followed by a light meal in Pope Hall.

Men’s Breakfast                     Second Saturday at 8:00am                             Pope Hall

Facilitated by Jim Elliott

The Presbyterian Men’s Breakfast provides breakfast fellowship and an interesting half hour program the second Saturday of each month from September to May. We ask a $2 contribution for breakfast from members and encourage you to bring friends for free. Sign up on the sheet in the lobby, on the Presbyterian Men’s Breakfast Facebook page, or by calling or e-mailing John Whitcomb. The men cook, but all are invited to attend!

Circle of Friends                    Second Saturday at 10:00am           in members’ homes

This women’s study group is just beginning a discussion of the book The Cup of Our Life, a guide for spiritual growth by Joyce Rupp. We encourage anyone interested to get the book and join us! For more information, contact Jenny Harland at harlandjn@gmail.com.