April 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Regional affirming houses of worship plan seders, services
National City, Holy Week, Easter, gay news, Washington Blade
National City Christian Church in Thomas Circle is one of Washington’s most LGBT-affirming parishes. (Washington Blade file photo)

Editor’s note: Many churches in the D.C. area are LGBT affirming. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. To have services listed in a future edition, contact Blade Features Editor Joey DiGuglielmo at joeyd@washblade.com

Friday, April 19 (Good Friday and first day of Passover)

Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) holds a morning prayer in the presence of the reserved sacrament at 10 a.m. At noon, there will be the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday with scripture, music, prayer and communion. There will be a live webcast. Good Friday evening service is at 7 p.m. with a live webcast. The service will reflect on the death and burial of Christ through readings and music. Passes are not required for any of these services. For more information, visit cathedral.org.

St. George’s Episcopal Church (160 U St., N.W.) has a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. For more details, visit stgeorgesdc.org.

Dignity/Nova celebrates Good Friday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church (1830 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit dignitywashington.org.

Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th St., N.W.) will have a Good Friday service with the sermon “The Seven Last Words of Jesus: An Account from Women of the Global South” at 11 a.m. For more details, visit calvarydc.org.

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) holds its Good Friday service today. For a service time, visit mccdc.com for updates.

Western Presbyterian Church (2401 Virginia Ave., N.W.) has a Good Friday service at noon. For more information, visit westernpresbyterian.net.

Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.) has a Good Friday service with the Adoration of the Cross at noon and 7 p.m. Visit foundryumc.com for details.

Waterfront Church D.C. (1000 New Jersey Ave., S.E.) holds a Good Friday service at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be a children’s program during each service. For more information, visit waterfrontchurchdc.com.

National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) has a Good Friday worship service at 7 p.m. For details, visit nationalcitycc.org.

Sixth & I (600 I St., N.W.) holds a community seder led by Chazzan Larry Paul and musician Robyn Helzner tonight at 7 p.m. Menu will include Matzah ball chicken soup, a dinner buffet of roasted chicken, Moroccan dandelions and potato pie, seasonal fruit and berry salad, rainbow layered cake and more. For more details, visit sixthani.org.

Saturday, April 20 (Holy Saturday and second day of Passover)

Edlavitch D.C.-JCC hosts its Second Night Community Seder at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School – North Campus (6045 16th St., N.W.) from 6-9 p.m. The seder will be led by Sonya Weisburd, director of social justice and volunteer programs at the EDCJCC, and song leader Ari Jacobson. A traditional, kosher Passover meal will be served. Registration is required. Visit edcjcc.org for more information. 

Dignity/Nova holds Easter Vigil mass at Immanuel Church on the Hill (3606 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.) at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit dignitynova.org.

Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) hosts the Great Vigil and first Eucharist of Easter at 8 p.m. Incense will be used at the service. All are welcome to bring bells. Visit cathedral.org for details.

St. George’s Episcopal Church (160 U St., N.W.) holds an Easter Vigil at 7 p.m. For more information, visit stgeorgesdc.org.

Sunday, April 21 (Easter)

The United Church (1920 G St., N.W.) holds an Easter Sunday service in German at 9:30 a.m. followed by an Easter Sunday service in English at 11 a.m. For more information, visit theunitedchurch.org.

Western Presbyterian Church (2401 Virginia Ave., N.W.) has its Easter Sunday service at 11 a.m. For details, visit northernpresbyterian.net.

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) hosts Resurrection Worship Services at 9 and 11 a.m. For more details, visit mccdc.com.

Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) celebrates the Festival Holy Eucharist with a service at 8 a.m. and another service at 11:15 a.m. There will be scripture, prayers and music. Both services are full but can be watched on the live webcast. 

At 2 p.m., the Cathedral holds an Easter Sunday Organ Recital with organist George Fergus. Passes are not required but there is a $10 recommended donation. At 4 p.m., the cathedral closes out its Easter festivities with Festival Choral Evensong. The traditional Anglican service will include readings from Holy Scripture, choir-led psalms, hymns, anthems and a short sermon. Passes aren’t required. Visit cathedral.org for more details. 

St. George’s Episcopal Church (160 U St., N.W.) holds an early Easter service at 7:30 a.m. followed by an Easter Day Festival Eucharist service at 10 a.m. For more details, visit stgeorgesdc.org.

Dignity/Nova holds its Easter service at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church (1830 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) at 6 p.m. For more information, visit dignitywashington.org.

Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.) has Easter Sunday services at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Foundry choirs, organ, piano and brass musicians will perform. For details, visit foundryumc.com.

National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) presents a gospel worship service at 8:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. there will be another worship service followed by a brunch hosted by Nick Bullock at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit nationalcitycc.org.

Waterfront Church D.C. hosts a massive Easter service at Nationals Park (1500 South Capitol St., S.E.) at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Parking is free in Garage B. For more information, visit waterfrontchurchdc.com.

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