Support our high-schooler’s Pilgrimage to El Salvador in July. Our students will be visiting our sister congregation in El Salvador, Cristo de Paz. More information on our Pilgrimage can be found on our bulletin board on the lower level. Breakfast will be served this Sunday, April 23 in the fellowship hall from 9-11am. Suggested Donations: Adults $10-$20, Children/Youth 6-17 $5, Children under 5 are free.
We, your children in your likeness, share inventive powers with you; great Creator, still creating, show us what we yet may do.
—Catherine Cameron, “God who stretched the spangled heavens,” ELW 77
Every few years, depending on the calendar and school breaks, we have the opportunity to do something very special during the Great Vigil of Easter! Please bring family, friends, and neighbors, the evening of Saturday, April 15th as we celebrate this most holy night together!
We begin outdoors with the “new fire” and process indoors to the place of the singing of the ancient and great Easter Proclamation. In the service of reading kids & youth, with the help of volunteers, will share the great stories of faith that shape our baptismal life. After briefly visiting each of the 8 prepared classrooms everyone will proceed upstairs to the worship space where we will gather around the baptismal font in the center of the sanctuary.
We prepare for our observance of the passion of Jesus this Sunday (April 9th) with the Procession of Palms and Hosannas and the reading of the Passion Story at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Between services there will be crafts and activities for all ages – including the folding and weaving of palms to keep as a reminder of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
The Triduum – the Great Three Days
During the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday we observe the passion of Jesus. Holy Week begins on Thursday (April 13th) as we gather for the Triduum – the Great Three Days.
Maundy Thursday: The season of Lent ends with an individual absolution and we are given the great commandment to love one another (Maundy is Latin for commandment). (The 5:45 p.m. service invites children to participate in foot washing – a sign of Jesus service and love for us). At both services the sanctuary is then emptied as we remember that his love leads to the cross.
Good Friday: Through scripture and music, we hear the story of Jesus’ death and venerate the cross which is life for us. At the 5:45 p.m. service, the children will lead us in the stations of the cross.
Easter Vigil: The Sunday School children share with us great interactive stories of scripture as part of the service. There will be an Easter Vigil reception immediately following the service and we will hear the story of salvation, celebrate baptism and celebrate Holy Communion in a space that is refilled with light and color, sound and the smell of flowers.
Easter Sunday: We begin the 50 days of Easter as we celebrate the Resurrection and new creation with identical worship services.
These days are the true heart of Christianity. Please join us.