Special Worship Opportunities
CHRISTMAS CYCLE

Advent Midweek Services (Preparing for Jesus' coming)
   Beginning on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving
    11:00 A.M. Morning Service
      6:00 P.M. Potluck soup supper
      7:00 P.M. Evening Service
Services and Themes: The Messianic Future
November 28 - 1st Advent Midweek Service
The Messianic Future: Freedom
December 5 - 2nd Advent Midweek Service
The Messianic Future: Justice
December 12 - 3rd Advent Midweek Service
The Messianic Future: Holiness
December 19 - 4th Advent Midweek Service
The Messianic Future: Glory

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AND THEMES: The Messianic Reality
Christmas Eve - Dec, 24 (Celebrating that God became Man)
      7:30 P.M. Family Service
The Messianic Reality: Peace
    10:00 P.M. Candlelight Festival Communion Service
The Messianic Reality: Joy
Christmas Day - Dec. 25              
     10:00 A.M. Festival Communion Service
The Messianic Reality: Salvation
Epiphany Sunday (Celebrating the revelation of Jesus to the Gentiles)
     Observed on the closest Sunday to January 6


Transfiguration Sunday (Celebrating the revelation of Jesus’ divinity)
     Observed on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday (date varies)

EASTER CYCLE

Lent Midweek Services (Preparing to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection)       
Beginning on Ash Wednesday (date varies)
  Ash Wednesday service:
      Communion
      Imposition of ashes (The sign of the cross on the forehead is to help us     

remember our mortality) 
Services at 11:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.
  All other Lenten services - Wednesdays
      11:00 A.M. Morning Service
        6:00 P.M. Potluck soup supper
        7:00 P.M. Evening Service
Holy Week (The week of Jesus’ death)
  Palm Sunday, Apr. 1  ( Jesus enters Jerusalem)         
         8:15 A.M. Communion Service
       11:00 A.M. Communion Service

  Maundy Thursday, Apr. 5 (Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper)       
       11:00 A.M. Communion Service
         7:30 P.M. Communion Service (Stripping of the altar)

  Good Friday, Apr. 6 (Remembering Jesus’ death)
       12:00 P.M. Watch Service (Jesus’ time on the cross)
         7:30 P.M. Tenebrae Service (Service of growing darkness)

  Easter Vigil, Apr. 7 - Saturday (The Easter celebration begins)
         7:00 P.M. Communion Service

  Easter, Apr. 8 - Sunday (Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus,

His and our victory over death)     
6:30 A.M. Sunrise Service (Usually outside, weather permitting)
      7:30 A.M. Breakfast
      8:15 A.M. Festival Communion Service
    11:00 A.M. Festival Communion Service

PENTECOST CYCLE

Pentecost - Seven weeks after Easter. (Celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit
into the lives of the first disciples and the establishment of the Christian Church.)
         8:15 A.M. Communion Service
       11:00 A.M. Communion Service

Trinity Sunday - The Sunday  after Pentecost (We lift up the name of our Triune God)  
         8:15 A.M. Communion Service
       11:00 A.M. Communion Service

The Sundays after Pentecost - This is the non-festival half of the church year.
It is a time of growth in loving God’s Son and in doing service to those Christ
came to save. During the last weeks of the Pentecost Season, the themes  
concentrate on the Second Coming of our Lord.

Reformation Sunday - Celebrated on the Sunday closest to October 31,
Reformation Sunday celebrates the anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting
of his "95 Theses" on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany
on October 31, 1517. This event marks the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation
and the events from which the Lutheran Church would emerge. On this Sunday
we celebrate our Lutheran heritage and the great truths of Christianity which it affirms:
grace alone, faith alone, and Scripture alone.
         8:15 A.M. Communion Service
       11:00 A.M. Communion Service

All Saints’ Day - Celebrated on the Sunday after Reformation Sunday
(We remember the faith witness of those who have lived and died for the Lord Jesus)
         8:15 A.M. Communion Service
       11:00 A.M. Communion Service


Christ the King Sunday (We observe the end of the Church Year by celebrating
Christ as our King, now and in eternity)  
         8:15 A.M. Communion Service
       11:00 A.M. Communion Service  

Thanksgiving Day - Thanksgiving is not part of the Church Year but rather a day of
national thanksgiving established by the United States. Historically God’s people
have set aside days of thanks to remember God’s blessings and offer Him thanks.
We gather on Thanksgiving Day (the fourth Thursday of November) to reflect on
the many blessing to mind, body, soul, and country which God has bestowed
on us and give Him thanks.  
       10:00 A.M. Service

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