Lutheran Summer Music Recital and Service of Evening Prayer

Join LSM alumni and friends for a recital and

service of Evening Prayer

~ Light reception to follow ~

December 2, 4:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Mercer Island, WA

Thomas Bandar, Viola
Executive Director
Thomas Bandar, Executive Director and Viola Faculty at LSM, welcomes you to enjoy a program of Beethoven, Brahms, Bach and more. Bandar maintains a dual career as an administrator and artist, and is thrilled to bring an Evening of LSM to the Pacific Northwest.

Rev. Paul Hoffman
LSM 2019 Chaplain
Rev. Paul Hoffman, formerly of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, will preside over a service of Evening Prayer in true LSM style. Rev. Hoffman looks forward to returning to LSM in 2019 to serve as chaplain.

This recital is free and open to all! A freewill offering will be collected to support LSM 2019. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate, you may do so online.

Worship During Christmas

Christmas Worship Times

Monday, December 24 , 2018
+ Christmas Eve

5:00 p.m.

A very special Christmas Eve liturgy led by the Youth Choir and the Children’s Choirs presenting the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke’s Gospel. Come at 4:30 for the special pre-service music!

Festive Candlelight Eucharist
11:00 p.m.

At this liturgy we “pull out all the stops” for a festive Eucharist.   “Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving …” led by the Chancel Choir. Come at 10:30 to hear the beautiful music of the pre-service recital.

Tuesday, December 25 , 2018
+ Christmas Day

11:00 a.m.

Christmas Day Holy Communion with beloved carols and the good news from the Gospel of John.

Sunday, December 30, 2018
+ First Sunday of Christmas

Eucharist with Lessons and Carols
8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Gather around God’s gifts of Word and Meal on the First Sunday of Christmas with the Service of Lessons and Carols.


(Image: Swanson, John August. A Visit, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Used by permission under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial ShareAlike 3.0 License.)


Worship in November

The month of November begins with the Feast of All Saints and ends with the Feast of Christ the King.  There is more than a hint of the consummation of all things or “end times” in the scripture readings for November.  It’s reflected in the autumn landscape and chilly temperatures.  Winter is on its way.  Death is part of life.  The good news, though, is this: death does not have the final word.  This note of hope helps carry us through our tears of grief over beloved saints who have died, and God’s promise of a new heaven and a new earth makes us practitioners of hope here and now.  In fact, the reign of Christ the King has already begun!  We live to love our neighbors and ourselves in hope and joy, for Christ is risen.


Special Sundays in October

October is always a special month at PRLC.  We take a “time out” from the Sundays in Ordinary Time to celebrate special Sundays:

The Feast of St. Francis is celebrated this year on October 7th and includes the annual Pet Blessing at the 8:30 service.  Please bring your cat, dog, gerbil or whatever favorite companion to this service for a special blessing.  This traditions has long been associated with the saint who was known for befriending animals, loved nature, preached to birds, and even tamed a wolf.

The Feast of St. Luke is celebrated this year on October 21st with healing prayers offered to all in the assembly at both services.  Luke, identified as the author of the third Gospel and the book of Acts, was believed to be a physician.  His day has been dedicated to prayers for the sick and to caregivers and to services of healing.

Reformation/Reconciliation Sunday commemorates Luther’s posting of the 95 theses and has become an occasion to lift up Ecclesia semper reformanda est – the church is always in need of reform.  On this day we lament the divisions in the church and pray for its constant renewal.  This day is rightly seen as a festival of the Holy Spirit.


Remembrance of All Saints

Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday November 1, 3, & 4, 2018


All Saints Worship Service

Thursday, November 1,  2018                    7:30 pm

John Rutter‘s Requiem is a musical setting of parts of the Latin funeral mass with two added psalms  – Psalm 130 “Out of the Deep” and beloved Psalm 23 “The Lord is My Shepherd”.   It was completed in 1985 and was written in memory of Rutter’s father, who died the previous year. In the first six months after publication it received over five hundred orchestral performances in America alone.  Rutter envisioned this work as a requiem for our time.  The beauty and accessibility of the music and the profound melding of text and tune have endeared the work to countless singers and listeners.

A Quiet Day For All Saints

Saturday, November 3, 2018                    8:30 am-2:00 pm

There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.
– Oscar Romero

All Saints Sunday (Nov. 4 this year) provides all of us with the opportunity to remember and celebrate those we love but see no more. But as we remember and celebrate, we also grieve. This year we are offering the opportunity for all who grieve to bring their remembrances, feelings of loss, and need for healing to a Quiet Day of preparation for All Saints.

Meeting from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 3, 2018, this program will offer a time for prayer and reflection, a time to share stories of those we miss, and a time to sit in the presence of our risen Lord and allow his healing love to enfold us.

Whether your loss is recent or your grief has been a long-time companion, you are invited to take part in this experience.

All Saints Sunday Worship

Sunday, November 4, 2018          Services at 8:30 & 11:00 am

Our All Saints celebration culminates in Sunday morning’s festive worship.  We will remember those from Phinney who have died this past year, and we welcome new saints into the Body of Christ through the celebration of Holy Baptism at both services.  You are invited to bring photos of loved ones now deceased and place them on tables in the sanctuary. We celebrate the baptisms of Cassia Laudadio and Kincade Shutes-David.




Pentecost Sunday, May 20: One Service at 10:00

Pentecost is the culmination of Easter’s 50 days.   At Pentecost we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  It is the Spirit of Christ who breathes new life into the church, and provides us with energy for life, faith, and ministry.  At every celebration of Holy Communion, we pray that the Holy Spirit will make the bread and wine on the table to be the Body and Blood of Christ and to make us, the gathered assembly, to be Christ’s body in the world. It is the Spirit who makes God present and alive.

What a glorious day for the whole church to come together!  We will celebrate Pentecost in one service at 10:00 a.m. followed by a special reception Baptisms will be celebrated, as well as Confirmation (Affirmation of Baptism).

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and kindle in us the fire of love.


Prayer Vigil 2018

As our WAY candidates ready themselves for baptism or affirmation of baptism, we as a congregation have a tradition of holding them each in prayer for the 24 hours leading up to Easter Vigil. We do this by individually signing up to pray for a specific half-hour in that 24-hour span, referring to the candidates’ prayer requests that have been shared previously.


The Paschal Triduum

THREE DAYS are at the center of the Christian Year. The liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil are the most important of the year. The Three Days constitute ONE liturgy that begins on Thursday and culminates at the Vigil on Saturday evening. Please be present for the entire Three Days as we pass with Christ from death to life.

At both services on Maundy Thursday,

you have opportunity to have your feet washed and/or wash the feet of another person. You are invited to experience the reality of which Christ spoke and demonstrated: being served by another and serving others. The gesture points to the posture of Christian service that invites our whole selves. Should you participate in the foot washing, you may wish to wear sandals or shoes that are easily removed when you come to worship on Thursday.

As you arrive for the Great Vigil of Easter on March 31,

you’ll notice a big fire near the entrance on Greenwood. This year, instead of gathering on the lawn, please pass by the new fire of Easter on your way into the church building. There you can leave your water vessel, and the ushers will give you a candle and a bulletin. Please gather in the darkened worship space in silence to await the Service of Light.

You are invited to bring a special water vessel for participating in the Great Vigil of Easter – a cup or jar or pitcher or family heirloom or anything that you regard as special that speaks of your life and story. When you arrive at the Easter Vigil on Saturday before 6:30, you can place them on the table reserved for them. The ushers and water stewards will be available to assist you as needed. At the time of the water procession, you are invited to join the assembly in returning to the narthex space, where you will retrieve your vessel so that you may participate in the water procession.

Holy Week and Easter at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Palm/Passion Sunday — March 25

Worship at both the 8:30 and 11:00 liturgies begins with the palm procession recalling Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and then turns to contemplation upon Jesus’ passion and death.  This year, the Passion story is from Mark’s Gospel.   This service is one of sharp contrasts.   A joyful procession gives way to a story that is filled with the dynamics of human sorrow and suffering.  Jesus empties himself of power and becomes vulnerable to those who put him to death.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week—March 26 – 28

Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer services will take place in the Chapel on these days during Holy Week.  Please join in the rhythm of Daily Prayer.  Come to either or both at 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.

The Three Days

Lent ends on Maundy Thursday, and our journey into the great Three Days begins. These days are also known as the “Triduum,” a Latin word meaning “three days”.  The Triduum officially begins on the evening of Maundy Thursday and lasts through Easter Sunday evening.  Though it spans three days, it is really one event.

Maundy Thursday — March 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

“Love one another as I have loved you.”  This love is demonstrated in Jesus’ gesture of washing the disciples’ feet and is sealed in his journey to the Cross as the suffering servant who is revealed for us in the mystery of his abiding presence in the Eucharist.   Tonight, after the stripping of the altar, we leave in silence.  There is no final blessing because the service extends into the next day …

Good Friday — March 30, 12:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Today we celebrate the mystery of salvation with meditation and reflection.

The Stations of the Cross are prayed at noon.

The evening liturgy includes the Passion story from John’s Gospel, Bidding Prayers, the Adoration of the Cross, and Prayer around the Cross.  There is no final blessing because the service extends into the next day.

The Great Vigil of Easter — March 31, 6:30 p.m.

The Three Days culminate in tonight’s liturgy.  This is the night of Christ’s Passover from death to life.  Tonight, we celebrate birth, light, re-created earth, rejuvenated heavens, and reborn people.  We light the Paschal Candle from the new fire.  We tell the great stories of the Bible.  Some are baptized, and some reaffirm their baptismal promises.  We share the thanksgiving meal of the Risen Christ, and are anointed as a reminder of our baptism.  This service is the “night of nights.”  It is like no other!

The Resurrection of Our Lord — April 1, 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Easter Sunday is the conclusion of the Three Days.  At the previous night’s Vigil, we celebrated the mystery of Christ’s resurrection in the darkness of night and with those to be baptized.  On Easter Sunday morning, we gather in the bright morning of new life to celebrate the mystery again.  It is a day for feasting and resting.

Lent 2018

One of the more dramatic moments at the Easter Vigil is when the Assembly joins those gathered around the baptismal pool to renounce the “forces that defy God, the powers of this world that rebel against God, the ways of sin that draw you from God.” With great vigor we say, “We renounce them!”

In some senses, the season of Lent anticipates that very moment, when we join our voices with those about to be baptized in renouncing evil and then publicly stating our trust in God.  In Lent, we pray God to renew our hearts as we prepare for Easter.

Lent originated as a time to prepare adults for baptism. It is no coincidence that this is an intense time of preparation for our WAY candidates. In the ancient Catechumenate, part of that preparation involved prayer and examination on the ways in which those who sought baptism resisted God.  In later years, Lent became a time for those who had left the church or compromised their allegiance to Christ to be reconciled with the community.  The sign of this return was the sign of the cross first received in baptism that these folks acknowledged had turned to ashes.

Today, Lent is a time for all of us to journey the path of reconciliation and be formed fresh in the spirit of Christ.

This year, we will walk with our WAY candidates as we normally do, with special rites and blessings during the Sundays in Lent. In addition, we will have a series of small groups meeting around the very same scripture passages that will be used in the WAY. We take this journey together to learn again to follow Jesus.

Worship Opportunities in Lent

+ Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2018

The season of Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to Easter.  We have three worship opportunities that day:

  • 11:15 am in the Sanctuary (followed by soup lunch)
  • 6:30 pm in the Tree of Life Room (especially for children and families)
  • 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary

Mid-Week Lenten Worship

During this season of Lent, as we journey toward Holy Week and the Resurrection, we invite you to join us for mid-week worship.

Mid-day Worship at 11:15
Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21

We will gather in the Chapel for Word, hymns, and Holy Communion, followed by a soup lunch.

Evening Worship at 6:50
Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21 (no service on Feb 21)

We will gather in the Sanctuary for Holden Prayer Around the Cross, a service of word, prayer, light, and songs from the Taizé Community.

You’re also welcome to attend Bread for the Journey’s weekly dinner (at 6:00 on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14; at 6:15 Feb. 28-Mar. 21). It will be served in Fellowship Hall before worship.