Holy Week Services

March 22nd, 2015

photo The Sunday of the Passion begins Holy Week  The mood of the week is deeper intensity.  Death died and God’s original purpose for the world was vindicated as we recall the last days of Jesus life and ministry on earth.  Baptism is central to Lutheran theology because Baptism is rooted in the Easter mystery.  Death and new life must be held together just as Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil are intricately linked in one event.

Holy Thursday Service 7:30PM  April 2, 2015 Holy Thursday service is a service of the absolution and sharing the peace.  This is our reconciliation to God.  The Eucharistic meal is offered.  Following the meal,  the altar is stripped of paraments and the communion vessels.

Good Friday Service  7:30PM April 3, 2015 We recall the last days of Jesus through Bible readings by the members of the congregation and prayers of intercession.  The service is austere time of reflection.  We celebrate the Lord’s sacrifice on the cross for us.   The book of life is closed, and we silently depart to reflect on the crucified Savior and the mystery of redemption.

Easter Sunday Service 8AM and 10:30 AM Christ is Risen!  He is risen indeed! Alleluia! A service of communion and celebration of victory over death.  This is the first of seven Sundays in Easter.

What’s Happening in March at Our Saviour? Lots!

March 1st, 2015

 

  •     Parish Life

March 8  Muffin Mania- bake and share your best muffins! We welcome Rich Hopkins of Thrivent Financial Services to our coffee hour after 10:30 service. 

March 15 is our annual Chili Cook-off  Everyone is welcome to submit their best chili sample

  •   Advocacy

March 22  Join us as we pack food for Grains of Hope.  Last year we helped pack out 196,000 meals for those most in need in New Jersey and Haiti.  Matthew 25:35  “For I was hungry and you gave me food…”

  •    Faith Development

Weekly Lenten Reflections- See more about our Wednesday Lenten Service  in Our Lenten Season post

March 29  Palm Sunday and First Communion  Our Sunday School children are preparing for their first communion.

April 5  Easter Sunday    He is Risen Indeed!  Alleluia!  You are invited to join the Council for Easter breakfast between the services.

 

  •      April Preview

Critical Conversations- The Nexus of Faith and Life   Join us for these important conversations on Thursday evenings from April 16- May 14.  More details will be posted soon.

 

 

Our Lenten Season

January 4th, 2015

photoFor everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven Eccl 3:1

Lent is a special time in the church year.  It signifies a time in which participants celebrate discipline of mind, body, attitude and spirit in preparation for the work of ministry to oneself, God, and the community.  Ash Wednesday signals the call of the church to attention. It begins a six week period of a spirit of repentance.  Repentance- a true returning to God- is possible and a requirement of the covenant relationship with Him.  We are challenged to think deeply about what is of most value to us- individually and as a church.  We are blessed to be a blessing.

( Extracted from Hoyt, Thomas, Lent- Interpreting the Lessons of the Church Year, Series B (1993)).

Our Lenten Services 

Ash Wednesday   February 18, 2015,  7:30PM  Distribution of Ashes

Weekly Lenten Reflection  February 25- March 25, 2015  7:30PM

Palm Sunday March 29, 2015  We celebrate  First Communion with our Sunday School Children

Maundy Thursday   April 2, 2015  7:30 PM Communion service.

Good Friday   April 3, 2015   7:30PM  Tenebrae service

Easter    April 5, 2015   8AM and 10:30 AM  Communion service.

Our Weekly Reflection Series

Our weekly Lenten reflections are taken from the book of Ephesians.  The readings, reflections and prayers will focus on two themes: Christ has reconciled all creation to Himself and God Christ has united people from all nations to himself and to one another in His church. We invite you to join us as we reflect on God’s gift of His Son to us, and on His grace through the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.

Our Prayer Chain

We ask that each member of the congregation set aside a few minutes at 12 noon, or other convenient family or personal time, to offer this prayer as we continue on our transformational journey through our Lenten season. Heavenly Father, Keep us mindful of your presence among us as we seek to discern your will for us. We pray that you will help us see beyond our own needs to the needs of your whole church. We pray that you will open our eyes to new possibilities, and opportunities of being your people. Open our hearts to your Word. Lead us, walk with us, and guide us as we do the work of your kingdom in this place. Amen.

DSC00812                Prayer Themes for Lenten Devotions   

Glorifying God in Prayer

  • Isaiah 57:7
  • Matthew 5:44
  • Matthew 14:23

Acquiring a Prayerful Heart

  • Jeremiah 39:9
  • Matthew 6:16
  • Acts 13:2

The Power of Prayer

  • Isaiah 38:5
  • Acts 16:16-34
  • Ephesians 6:19

Hear Our Prayer

  • 1 Kings 28
  • Psalm 143:1-6
  • 1 John 5:14

 A Vision for Prayer

  • Acts 1:14; 2:42
  • Psalm 139:17-18

Prayer for Hope

  • Psalm 25:3-5
  • Romans 5:4
  • Matthew 9:22

Living the Faith Through Prayer

  • Zechariah 12:10
  • Matthew 11:14
  • Matthew 21:22