Posts Tagged ‘Holy Week’

Today we enter into the great Three Days. It is the holiest three days of the church year, and it is a powerful time for us to reflect on what Christ did for us.

We start this evening with our Maundy Thursday service. At this service we will confess our sins and receive absolution via the proclamation and the laying on of hands. We then hear the story of Christ’s last supper, and partake of the meal ourselves. The service ends with the stripping of the altar and preparing ourselves for Good Friday.

We have two Good Friday services, at 1:00 and 7:00. The evening service is a Tenebrae service where we hear the last seven words of Christ that he spoke from the cross. It is a time of deep reflection.

Then on Sunday morning we celebrate the resurrection. At 6:30 am we experience the tomb being opened and new life being born at our Sunrise Service. We also have services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00. In all of these services we celebrate the new life that is born on this amazing Easter day.

We hope you can join us for this powerful time of the year.

Blessings this holy season.



Isn’t it interesting that one’s faith story does not stand alone?  All of us are influenced by the lives of other Christians who have come before us or stood around us.  These individuals not only guide us as we walk through this life, but they give us a model of Christ among us.

I am blessed because I was raised in a Christian home.  My parents took me to church every Sunday, served as president of the church council, helped fund all of my youth trips, and just encouraged me along the way.  I am also blessed because I was given the opportunity to go to a Christian college.  Through my four years at Luther College I was given numerous opportunities to grow in my faith and to work in fellowship with others.

But all of that aside, my faith story starts with my Grandma Joyce.  I love my grandma so much and we’ve always had a great bond.  This might be because I’m the only granddaughter or that I’m the oldest grandchild or that we live only 15 minutes away from each other or that we both have a passion toward the field of education.  But I think the main, underlining reason we are so close is because of our faith.  My grandma knows so much about her faith and is committed to living out her Christian life to the best of her ability.  She plays the organ at church (for free!), leads church services at the local retirement home, participates and leads Bible studies, and so much more!

But she has affected me so much by allowing me to be a part of her spiritual journey.  I have sung along to hymns as she played the piano for the nursing home residents.  I have participated in her Bible studies and I have joined her Christian book club.  But more than that, I have discussed and debated Christianity with my grandma.  I go to her with questions.  I go to her when I feel alone.  I go to her when I need support.  And she is ALWAYS there for me.

My grandma has also taught me that faith is not talking, faith is doing and showing God’s love to others.  My challenge for all of you is to consider how YOU help others on their Christian journey.  How do you show God’s love to others?  How do you support others when they need some of God’s compassion in their lives?  How do you lead others in their faith?

God is here!  That is the message of Easter.  He is here among us!  He lives in us and through us.  How are WE sharing this life-giving love to others?

I wish you all a blessed Holy Week.  May God’s love shine in you and through you always.