Wednesday, March 21 – Wednesdays in Lent

Soup Suppers, 6:00 PM

Lenten Table Talks & Worship, 6:50 PM

Evening Holden Prayer


Soup Suppers

Free Will offering for support of our Youth's trip to theELCA National Youth Gather this summer in Houston

followed by Lenten Table Talks & Worship

Worship concludes with the Holden Evening Prayer.




Sunday, March. 25  –  Passion/Palm Sunday

Worship –  Mark’s Narrative, 9:30 AM

(Palm Processional Beginning in Memorial Garden –Weather Permitting)

Palm Crosses & Palm Branches for Everyone

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11:00 AM

Sierra Pacific Synod Benevolence Sunday


The first and second readings and psalm are the same this Sunday every year: Christ emptying himself of

 divine power and protection, willingly becoming vulnerable to those who struck him and put him to death.

With Christ we lament his suffering and all human suffering, but expect God's final vindication. Mark's passion story

begins with an unnamed woman anointing his head, perhaps to proclaim him Messiah, and Jesus saying she has anointed

him beforehand for burial. Mark's Easter story will begin with women going to anoint Jesus for burial, only to find that

he has been raised, God's living Anointed One.



Thursday, March 29  –  Maundy Thursday

Holy Communion is Celebrated.

Worship, 7:30 PM


With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians

around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  At the heart of the

Maundy Thursday liturgyis Jesus’ commandment to love one another.  As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples,

we are called to followhis example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and

the unloved.  At the Lord’s table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer

ourselves in love for the life of the world.



Friday, March 30  – Good Friday

Worship, 7:30 PM


At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims

Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross.  The ancient title for this day – the triumph of the cross –

reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find the

strength and hope in the tree of life.  In the ancient bidding prayers we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died.

 Today’s liturgy culminates in the Easter Vigil tomorrow evening




Saturday, March 31  – Easter Vigil

Worship begins out of doors and processes into the church.

Holy Communion is celebrated.

Refreshments following worship

Worship, 8:00 PM


This is the night! This is our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from captivity to freedom,

 from death to life. Tonight is the heart of our celebration of the Three Days and the pinnacle of the church's year.

The resurrection of Christ is proclaimed in word and sign, and we gather around a pillar of fire, hear ancient stories of

our faith, welcome new sisters and brothers at the font, and share the food and drink of the promised land.

Raised with Christ, we go forth into the world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.




Sunday, April 1  – Easter Sunday Festival Worship

Worship, 9:30 AM

Special Music – bring bells

Holy Communion

Easter Refreshments, 10:45 AM



This year may be the one in which John's resurrection account is likely to be chosen over Mark's,

Perhaps because Mark's gospel ends so abruptly, with astonishment and fear rather than joyful proclamation.

Yet Mark may speak to our experience more directly than the other gospels.

 Corinthians and Acts fill out the story by telling of appearances of the risen Christ.

Peter says we "ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead." And so do we, in a foretaste

of the mountaintop feast where death will be no more.



Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2012 Augsburg Fortress.

Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.