Lent and Holy Week

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Apr
16
10:45 AM10:45

Easter Celebration Breakfast

We invite you to join First Saint Paul’s church family for our Easter Sunday festival service on Sunday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate the Risen Christ.

Immediately following the service, we welcome you to share Easter Breakfast with us, served in our Fellowship Hall. The continental breakfast menu includes a breakfast sandwich buffet, deviled eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, assorted pastries and muffins, and coffee, tea, and juice.

To help with planning the meal, please RSVP through Evite, or add your name to signup sheet on the desk in the church narthex.

We hope that many of you will join us on this special day and that you will invite others to share in the joy of the Resurrection with us. Thank you, Sue Wente and Gretchen Randall, for your thoughtful service and bringing us together for food and fellowship.

We welcome you to be at home among us.

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Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is a multisensory celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. From beginning to end there is a striking movement from darkness to light, fasting to feasting, grief to gladness, old to new, and death to life. It is a journey that begins with Creation, recalling God’s redemptive acts in history, and climaxing in the greatest triumph over sin, evil, and death—the Resurrection.

Our celebration will begin on the church patio around a fire. From there, we process into the church with candles, we remember our Baptism by being sprinkled from the Font, and we receive Christ’s Body and Blood in Holy Communion. We taste, see, hear, touch, smell, and experience the goodness of God during this special service.

The Easter Vigil is the third of three services beginning with Maundy Thursday, continuing Good Friday, and culminating on the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday. Please join us for this beautiful and powerful service!

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Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday Service

Good Friday continues our observance of the holy three days (Triduum) as we prepare for the risen Christ. The name may come from an older name, "God's Friday," but it is certainly GOOD. It’s not a day to feel sorry for Jesus because of his suffering and death. It is a day to feel good because of the good gifts Christ won for us on this day.

This is also a time we hear St. John's unique account of the crucifixion which is sometimes sung by the choir. The service does not end in a benediction or closure because the service continues the following day at dusk for the Vigil of Easter.

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday occurs on the eve of our Lord’s crucifixion, ushering in the holy three days (Triduum) of preparation for the Resurrection of our Lord (Easter). During this service, we commemorate the institution of the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) and Christ's commandment that we should love one another as he has loved us; the word "Maundy" refers to this mandate.

Toward the end of the service, the altar is stripped—furniture, vessels, and adornments are removed—just as Jesus was stripped before his crucifixion. This prepares us for Good Friday, the continuation of the three-days, culminating with the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ from the dead during our Easter Vigil.

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Apr
9
9:30 AM09:30

Palm Sunday Service

Palm Sunday begins what is traditionally called Holy Week. Also called "Passion Sunday," this service begins with the procession of palms and reflects the contrasting attitudes toward Jesus that were on display during the days leading up to his crucifixion. What begins with "Hosanna!" (Lord, save us) will end with "Crucify, crucify!" We will hear a longer, dramatic portion of the sufferings and death of Jesus this day. 

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Apr
5
7:00 AM07:00

Lenten Services: Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone

Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
“Glory Be to Jesus" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 433

Join us for one or both opportunities to worship today: 7AM and 7PM.

Today, we continue with Sola Fide (by faith alone), the second of our weekly Lenten services focusing on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

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Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Services: Solus Christus, through Christ alone

Solus Christus, through Christ alone
Romans 5:12-21
“Christ, the Love of All the Living" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 420

Join us for one or both opportunities to worship today: 7AM and 7PM.

Today, we continue with Sola Christus (through Christ alone), the fourth of our weekly Lenten services focusing on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

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Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Services: Sola Gratia, by grace alone

Sola Gratia, by grace alone
Ephesians 2:1-10
“Savior, When in Dust to Thee" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 419 

Join us for one or both opportunities to worship today: 7AM and 7PM.

Today, we continue with Sola Gratia (by grace alone), the third of our weekly Lenten services focusing on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

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Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Services: Sola Fide, by faith alone

Sola Fide, by faith alone
Romans 3: 21-31
“Not All the Blood of Beasts” Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 431

Join us for one or both opportunities to worship today: 7AM and 7PM.

Today, we continue with Sola Fide (by faith alone), the second of our weekly Lenten services focusing on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

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Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Services: Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone

Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone
2 Timothy 3:10-17
“O Lord, throughout These Forty Days" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 418

Join us for one or all three opportunities to worship today: 7AM, 12PM, 7PM.

Beginning today with Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), our weekly Lenten services focus on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

This is what Sola Scriptura means to a few of our community members.

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Mar
1
7:00 AM07:00

Ash Wednesday Services

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship today: 7AM, 12PM, 7PM.

On Ash Wednesday, those who wish, receive the imposition of ashes. This ancient act is a gesture of repentance and a powerful reminder about the meaning of the day. Ashes can symbolize dust-to-dustness and remind worshipers of the need for cleansing, scrubbing, purifying, and humility.

The use of ashes on Ash Wednesday is a more recent custom among Lutheran congregations although some have done it for decades. The pastor takes the ashes on the end of his thumb and makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of each worshiper, saying these words: "Remember: you are dust, and to dust you shall return." The sign of the Cross reminds us that our salvation rests in Christ alone, and assurance that we have forgiveness and eternal life through him.

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