LENT MIDWEEK WORSHIP AND SOUP SUPPERS
Our midweek Lenten evening prayer services continue. On Wednesday evenings, we are having soup suppers starting at 5:30 and an evening prayer service at 6:30. Our theme for our services this year has been “I Tell You the Truth.” Each service focuses on one of Jesus’ attention-getting and faith-building statements, highlighted in the Scripture by the words, “I tell you the truth.” These services provide an excellent opportunity to focus your heart and mind on what is truly important during the Lenten season.
Mar. 25th – “If one dies, it produces life for many.”
We will be holding our annual Easter for Kids on Saturday, March 28th from 9:30a – 11:30a. This event is intended for children in preK – 5th Grade. Children will hear the Easter story, sing songs, make crafts and participate in an egg hunt. Register online at www.crossofglorylutheran.com/efk
. Come and join the fun (also invite a friend or two…)!
SPECIAL PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP AND
MISS TIFFANY FAREWELL
Our Palm Sunday worship will be extra special this year. We will have music from the children of our Sunday School as well as the children of our Learning Center. The service will give us an opportunity to thank God for the blessings he has bestowed on the ministry of our Learning Center these past 15 years as it now draws to a close. Following worship, we will have a jambalaya lunch as we wish farewell to Miss Tiffany and pray for God’s blessings on her future ministry as a Kindergarten teacher in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Maundy Thursday (April 2nd) – 6:30 p.m.
We gather to commemorate the night on which Jesus was betrayed–the night he instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Following the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the service concludes with a solemn stripping of the altar.
Good Friday (April 3rd) – 7 p.m.
In our Good Friday Tenebrae Service, candles are extinguished one by one as we hear the Savior’s words from the cross. The service ends in complete darkness and a loud sound (strepitus) reminds us of the closing of the tomb.
Easter Vigil (April 4th) – 8 p.m.
We will again be holding our Easter Vigil service on Saturday night.
In the early church, the Saturday of Holy Week was called the “Great Sabbath.” It was a day of meditation, fasting, and reflection in preparation for Easter. The Easter Vigil has been celebrated regularly since the days of Constantine the Great (300 A.D.)
This ancient service begins around a new fire kindled outside and continues with a candlelit processional into the darkened church. We remember our Baptism, our Savior God, and his death. The second half of the service bursts forth in Easter joy as we begin the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. Easter Holy Communion is served.
Easter Festival Service (April 5th) – 10:30 a.m.
(Potluck Easter Breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m.)
This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Our 10:30 service on Easter Sunday is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection victory. We sing the great Easter hymns of the church with a variety of musical accompaniment. We hear the Easter message of hope and joy. Christ is risen, indeed!