Thursday, April 11

Holy Week Is Coming

Looking ahead - We begin our journey from despair to hope, from darkness to light, from death to life.  Here is our worship schedule for Holy Week:

Palm Saturday / Sunday

Saturday Worship - 5 PM
We celebrate Christ's entry into Jerusalem, reflect on what he and the crowds experienced, and what those experiences may say to us in today's world. 

Palm Sunday - 8:15 and 11 AM
A triumphant processional, shouted hosannas, trumpets, bells,  and festive music from our choirs acknowledge Christ as king.  But this day of celebration is far more than it seems, because God brings about the fulfillment of his loving plan for the world in some pretty unexpected ways.
 Maundy Thursday – 7:30 PM   
Tonight we are reminded that our life of discipleship is a life of forgiveness and servanthood.  In this worship experience, we are commanded by Jesus to love one another and we are united with Christ, with the saints, and with one another at the Lord's Supper.  This brings us great strength in our own life of discipleship.

 Good Friday Service of Tenebrae (Darkness and Light) at 7:30 PM
 This deeply moving worship begins in light and ends in darkness. We gather around the word, prayer, and the cross,  the central sign of our salvation.

 Easter Vigil – Liturgy of Light, Word, Baptismal Remembrance, and Holy Communion at 5:00 PM
In this historic, deeply symbolic service, we are reminded of the great acts of God from Creation to Exodus to Resurrection.  God's saving grace is proclaimed, then light fills the church as that grace fills us.  Come and experience profound readings, wonderful music, and a first glimpse of the resurrection.

 Easter Sunday – 8:15 and 11:00 AM:
With word and sacrament, prayer and song, choirs, bells, and brass, we rejoice at the empty tomb. Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed! 

    Participating in the upcoming services can only heighten your sense of joy when we celebrate the resurrection.  Think about family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors etc who could join you for one of these special services. 
As we approach the cross and the empty tomb in worship, consider the following questions: 
    - Christ humbled himself out of love.  Where might we need to be humbled for the sake of our brothers and sisters in Christ?
     - What needs resurrecting in our lives? 
    - What makes it hard to turn this over to God and trust that God will bring us, too, through darkness to light, through death to new life?

    Holy God, remind us of your presence with us when we stumble, suffer, or are afraid in any way.  Give us strength, courage, forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace.  Help us to be an encouragement and a sign of life to others.  Amen

    See you in church!

   Grace and  Peace,

    Pastor Mueller


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