Worship & Special Events

The liturgical calendar brings rhythm and structure to the worship experiences at South Main, and music plays a special role in bringing each season to life. Every year at Advent, we experience anew the eager anticipation of the coming of the Messiah, the sweet tradition of Christmas Eve together, and the joy and love of Christmas. In the spring, we mark Ash Wednesday and observe the solemnity of the weeks leading up to Christ's crucifiixon—culminating in a series of daily Holy Week services, including a special Maundy Thursday communion service and a Good Friday Service of Shadows. Then we are renewed by the sudden, boundless joy of Easter, which propels us into the rest of the year.

All of South Main's choirs and ensembles share in the special musical offerings of these seasons. For the coming seasons, here are the events that are planned:

Lent 2018

Shrove Tuesday, February 13

How can you go wrong with a night of pancakes and sacred Jazz?! Did you know the secular celebration we know as "Fat Tuesday" actually has a sacred origin? Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving, a time to confess our sins. Pancakes will be served ($9 per adult, $7 for senior adults, tribe, and youth, $5 for Mini-MainKids and MainKids) in Fellowship Hall at 5:30 PM and Worship will begin at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary. Come enjoy pancakes and music and celebration!

Ash Wednesday, February 14

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, roughly the six weeks preceding Easter Sunday. Lent offers us the opportunity to consider our own lives and remember why Jesus needed to die for our sins, that we might celebrate his love and resurrection all the more. This year we worship together in the Sanctuary at 6:30 PM.

Palm Sunday, March 25

This Sunday we draw near enough to hear the fickle crowd that shouted “hosanna” one day and “crucify” the next, Palm Sunday invites us to consider our need to worship together. Worshipping the true and living God together calls us to seek God’s Kingdom and serve God’s will.

Service of Shadows, March 29, 30

The meaning and gravity of Holy Week is poignantly conveyed through the stained glass window of the Westmoreland Chapel and the feel of the space in descending light as this service moves from beginning to end. The scriptural narrative, the music, our prayers, and the sharing of communion evoke the darkness of the crucifixion and convey the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice as we reflect these evenings within the shadow of the cross. Childcare for nursery, preschool, and school-age children is provided for this service which begins at 7:00 PM.

Easter Worship, April 1

We celebrate Resurrection Sunday, praising from the depths of our souls Christ who died and rose again. Brass and percussion will usher in the Procession of Joy as shouts of Alleluia are heard both near and far. Our 9:00 AM and 11:20 AM worship will be filled with great congregational singing. We will have regular Sunday School at 10:10 AM.

Midtown Music Dedication Concert Series

Saturday, December 2, 2017 — Former SMBC organist Daryl Robinson played a special concert marking the dedication of our new organ.

Thursday, January 25, 2018The King’s Singers will join the South Main choir and ensembles in the Sanctuary for an entertaining evening of music.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 — The United States Army Chorus performed moving choral favorites in the Sanctuary.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - In his first recital as organist of South Main Baptist Church, Yuri McCoy explored the new organ's symphonic capabilities in an eclectic program of Bach, Whitlock, and Kar-Elert.

Sunday, April 8, 2018Peter Conte, Grand Court Organist of the Macy's Wanamaker Organ in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, will put our new organ through its paces in an exceptional concert. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018 — The Houston Chamber Choir will close out the dedication concert series with a very special concert honoring the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein.

For more information about these events, contact Brenda Brundrett. We hope you will join us for the blessing of music at South Main!