Lent at Fifth Avenue

There are many paths from self-reflection to spiritual connection. We'll help you find yours.

Think of Lent as a journey from Point A to Point B—from where you Are, to where (and who) you would like to Be. We invite you to spend these 40 days praying, learning and serving with us.

Read today's Lenten devotional.

Come for a glimpse of the Almighty.

God Maps: Life En Route to the Sacred is the theme of the 2019 Lenten sermon series.

“God maps are the practices, stories and attitudes of the heart that can guide our feet and open our eyes to the Holy One’s presence in our lives and in the world,” Senior Pastor Scott Black Johnston writes. “We will spend seven weeks with the maps our faith has drawn—maps that will lead you home.”

The sermon series begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6) and continues through Easter. See our Worship Calendar for details on all of our Lent, Holy Week and Easter services.

Restore your spiritual health.

For centuries, Christians and other people of faith have turned to spiritual practice to quiet their minds, stir their souls and listen for the voice of God. Throughout Lent, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church offers a series of introductory seminars on spiritual disciplines. Enrich your prayer life with the spirituality of chant, the discipline of fasting, or the practice of spiritual narrative. Join us to learn the basics and start putting them to use.

Also during Lent, we offer our popular CREDO series, focusing on the fundamentals of Christian theology. This year our pastors explore four letters of Paul that illuminate the breadth and richness of the apostle’s theology as he evangelized a new gospel to the ancient world.

See our Adult Education listings for details on our Lenten classes. All are free and open to all. No advance registration is required.

Rest in the Requiem.

Just days before Palm Sunday, the Chamber Choir of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church presents Johannes Brahms’ masterwork, A German Requiem.

Scholars have speculated that the Requiem (composed between 1865 and 1868) was inspired by two major bereavements in the composer’s life: the loss of his dear friend and fellow composer, Robert Schumann, in 1856, and of his own beloved mother in 1865. Whatever its inspiration, this moving, profoundly human work is excellent preparation for the solemn observance of Holy Week.

Learn more about the Lenten Concert (offered on two nights this year, April 11 and 12), and plan to join us.

Do unto others.

For many Christians, serving others is a meaningful way to follow the example of Jesus, especially in the season of Lent. Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church offers a number of opportunities to help our neighbors in need.

Every Saturday, our Meals on Heels volunteers prepare and deliver home-cooked meals to the homebound elderly. Every night, our volunteers offer a ministry of fellowship to our guests in the David B. Skinner Shelter. Visit fapc.org/volunteer to learn about these opportunities and more.

The annual Deacons Clothing Drive also is happening during Lent! We’ll gladly accept your donations any time from March 18 to March 24.

Get a daily dose of hope.

Fifth Avenue’s Lenten Devotional is a collection of Scripture, poetry, prayer and first-person reflections for each of the 40 days of Lent. Written by the pastors, officers and senior staff of the church, the Devotional can be a valuable companion as you journey through the season.

Each day’s reflection is available online at fapc.org/devotionals. You may also sign up to receive them in your daily email.

Share the experience.

We invite you to share the images, insights and inquiries that crop up on your Lenten journey. We’ll be doing the same, using the hashtag #findgodat5th.