Flowering Cross Easter

Join us for these services and opportunities during Lent at Banner Elk Presbyterian Church.

Shadows Service

Good Friday, April 15 @ 6 PM – Tenebrae Service
A special evening service of songs and readings entitled “Shadows” to prepare for Easter. Worshipers leave in silence and darkness to ponder the impact of Christ’s death. Readings by Janet Speer. Music by adult choir, soloists and a variety of musicians. Watch recording on our YouTube Channel.

Sunrise Service, April 17 @ 7 AM
Held at Grandfather Home for Children on Resurrection Hill, led by area pastors.

Easter Sunday, April 17 @ 11 AM: God’s PRESENCE
Choir Anthem: “Glorious Day” with guest violinist & Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
Sermon: John 20 / Meeting at Sunrise
Bring flowers for the flowering cross.

Every Sunday

  • 9:30 AM: Adult Bible Study, Margaret Tate Parlor
  • 9:30 AM: Children’s Music with Nina, Fellowship Hall
  • 10 AM: Children’s Sunday School, Fellowship Hall
  • 7 PM: Virtual Lenten Study via Zoom to discuss “Lent in Plain Sight” by Jill Duffield. Contact Donna Dicks.

Previous Services

Tuesday, March 1: 24-Hour Prayer Vigil on the Eve of Lent
Sign up your family for an hour to pray at home. This is a time where we pray for guidance as we enter in a time of journeying with Christ from ministry, to the cross, to the resurrection. We pray for renewal and healing in our church, community and the world. A Prayer Guide is provided below (click here).

Ash Wednesday, March 2 @ 12-4 PM: Prayer Stations & Ashes
Our community is invited to come into the sanctuary any time from 12-4 pm for reflective prayer stations (at your own pace) and the imposition of Ashes. We invite you to examine how God sees you, what we can let go of, and how communing with our Creator God makes us whole.

Sunday, March 6 – Lent 1 @ 11 AM: God’s FAITHFULNESS
Choir Anthem: “Somebody’s Praying” Dick Larson, guitar / soloist, Eric Hillestad, Saxophone. Handbell Choir.
Sermon: Deuteronomy 26 / What We Give to Live

Sunday, March 13 – Lent 2 @ 11 AM: God’s PROMISES
Choir Anthem: “How Deep The Father’s Love”
Sermon: Genesis 15 / Blessed is the One Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

Sunday, March 20 – Lent 3 @ 11 AM: God’s GUIDANCE
Choir Anthem: “Lord, You’ve Searched Me and Known Me”
Sermon: Isaiah 55 / Spiritual Food

Sunday, March 27 – Lent 4 @ 11 AM: God’s PROVISION
Sermon: Luke 15 / When You Come Back

Sunday, April 3 – Lent 5 @ 11 AM: God’s IMAGINATION
Choir Anthem: “I Want Jesus” African American Spiritual
Sermon:  John 12 / On the Kitchen Floor

Palm Sunday, April 10 – Lent 6 @ 11 AM: God’s LOVE
Palms Procession with children’s Hosanna.
Children & Adult Choirs Anthem: “Angels Among Us” and “Ain’t No Rock”
Solo: Let There Be Peace on Earth
Sermon: Psalm 118 / Open the Gates

Prayer Guide

Prayers for our Church
That we seek to be a part of God’s mission and movement here in Banner Elk, Avery County, Western North Carolina, here in the US, and all over the world. We pray for our Elders, Pastor, Staff, and volunteers. That God brings them wisdom, encouragement, energy, imagination, and peace. That we will continue to strengthen our sense of community as we move forward from times of transition, trial, and the pandemic.

We pray for our member and friends who are healing, mourning, feeling isolated, or are discerning where God present in their lives. We pray for our sister church in Guatemala, Arc de Noe. For their ministry and leadership.

Prayers for Avery County
We pray for our partners in ministry: Feeding Avery Families, Reaching Avery Ministries, Oasis, Inc, Blue Ridge Partnership for Children, Habitat for Humanity, New Opportunity School for Women, Yellow Mountain Enterprises, Banner Elk Presbyterian Preschool, Lees-McRae College, Grandfather Home for Children, Cannon Memorial Hospital

We Pray for our local leadership: Mayor, Town Manager, County Commissioner, Banner Elk PD, Banner Elk Volunteer Fire Department, Avery County School District, Avery County Sheriff. We pray that our neighbors feel connected, fed, loved, cared for, and valued by God and us.

Prayers for Our Nation
Healing: That God’s healing hand will touch the hearts and minds of all Americans. Heal our land from the pandemic, the health crisis it created, the ideological differences that were heightened, the separation we felt from one another, families that were separated, and the abused and neglected who were not attended to.

Community: That Christ-centered community could be the example that leads our nation in moving forward. That neighbors become friends who step in, sit with, and live life together. That God continues to ever expand our definitions of community; that the Lord will expand our tables of welcome, to the forgotten, ignored, and marginalized.

Leadership: We pray that the wisdom of God be the compass and guide of every leader in our nation from the President to our local government leaders. That all leaders seek the wisdom of God, the leading of the Holy Spirit to discern the true needs of the people for whom they serve. We pray that we continue to find rest and peace in the fact that God’s reign is the highest office. That God’s justice, power, might, and most importantly love will prevail.

Prayers for our World
Find a world map and trace your fingers across borders where there is war and pray for peace. place your entire hand across each continent and pray for freedom for those enslaved, food for those who are hungry, justice for the oppressed, hope for those in despair, a home for those with no place to find rest, for the seas to be clean, for the air to be pure, for the land to flourish and not break apart or burn, for creation to praise its creator. For Christ’s love to be known in every place.