Worship in May

We are currently celebrating the great 50 days of Easter, considered to be one continuous feast that culminates on the day of Pentecost.

At worship during Eastertide we say the Paschal greeting “Christ is risen,” and sing and say innumerable alleluias.   We begin each Sunday with the thanksgiving for baptism and light the Paschal candle, the sign of our baptism into Christ and the light of Christ shining against the darkness.  These actions, like so much of the liturgy during Easter, are echoes of the Easter Vigil.  At the sharing of communion we stand.  It’s a venerable Christian tradition that during Easter we refrain from kneeling to underscore the joyous nature of the Eucharistic feast, acting out the Resurrection with our bodies and standing in the grace bestowed upon us at baptism.


Confession and Forgiveness

In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them

~ 2 Corinthians:5

This year we will have a service of confession and forgiveness on Wednesday of Holy Week. Following the pattern of the mid-week Lenten services, we will meet at 11:15 a.m. and then break bread together over soup at noon. This liturgy serves as a kind of conclusion to our Lenten journey and a prelude to Maundy Thursday and the celebration of Easter.

Another good discipline in these days before Easter is Individual Confession and Forgiveness. Should you desire individual confession and forgiveness, please contact Pastor Hansen and Pastor Van Kley.  Either pastor is ready to pray with you in this way at any time throughout the year.  Be it a communal or individual, the accent in this practice is on the declaration of forgiveness. This absolution is a declaration of good news spoken personally. New life is a consequence of being forgiven, not a precondition.  Confessing our sin is a response to God, centered in gratitude to God.


Holy Week and Easter at Phinney

Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection are at the very heart of the Christian year; especially the Three Days that constitute one worship service spanning Thursday through Sunday.  These are our most sacred days.

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 14

Holy Communion at 8:30 am and 11:00 am

Procession with Palms, the Passion story from the Gospel of Luke

Monday & Tuesday in Holy Week, April 15 and 16

Scripture readings and prayer resources will be provided at the Grace Station for your use during these days following Passion Sunday.

Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17

Service of Confession and Forgiveness at 11:15 am followed by soup and bread

This service marks the end of our Lenten journey and serves as a preparation for the Three Days that include prayers of confession, the declaration of forgiveness, scripture reading and reflection.


The Great Three Days

Maundy Thursday, April 18

Holy Communion at 11:15 am and 7 pm

The Three Days of Easter begin to unfold on this day in which Christ commands us to love.  Feet are washed, communion is shared, and the worship space is stripped.  We leave in silence.  There is no final blessing as the liturgy continues Friday …

Good Friday, April 19

Stations of the Cross at noon

Adoration of the Cross at 7 pm

We pray the stations of the Cross at Noon.   The evening liturgy includes the Passion story from John, intercessions, and the prayer around the Cross.  There is no final blessing as the liturgy continues the next day …

 The Great Vigil of Easter

April 20
Service of Light, Word, Water, and Meal at 6:30 pm

The pinnacle of the Three Days.  There is no other night like this one.  Light, story, baptism, renewal of baptismal promises, holy meal.  As you prepare for the Easter Vigil, you are invited to bring a special vessel so that you may join in the procession of pouring water into the place of baptism.

Easter Sunday, April 21

Festival Holy Communion at 8:30 am and 11 am

Please bring a bell to ring at the singing of the “Alleluias”. Easter breakfast served between services.


Communion Bread Baking Class

Have you ever felt called to help prepare bread for the Eucharist? Now is your chance! We are in the process of forming a new team of bread bakers who will prepare bread on a rotating basis. To become a part of the team, come to a lunch meeting  on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 12:30. There you can learn more about this holy ministry, sign up for your chance to bake, and most importantly, practice the recipe with guidance and tips from the experts.


Worship in January: An Epiphany Triptych

Christmas culminates at our Epiphany celebration. On the Baptism of our Lord we will celebrate affirmation of baptism.

Among early Christians, the Feast of Epiphany celebrated three events: the birth of Jesus, the baptism of Jesus, and Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Over time, this single celebration broke up into three. This year, we get to celebrate all these Christ events over a period of three Sundays.

Epiphany, January 6, includes the story of the journey of the Magi revealing Christ’s birth for all people. The Baptism of Jesus is celebrated on the next Sunday (January 13), and on the following Sunday, January 20, the Gospel reading is the Miracle at Cana.

The classical triptych is a panel of three paintings interrelated, with the middle panel being the largest of the three. That’s not a bad way to approach these Sundays. Jesus’ baptism shines with God’s brilliant light. All the Gospel writers agree that the baptism is pivotal. Jesus was anointed at the river with God’s spirit to begin his ministry and the work of redeeming the world. Jesus’ birth and the transforming work at Cana surround the event of his baptism where Jesus receives the Spirit and the Father’s endorsement: “You are my Son, the beloved, with you I am well pleased.”


Worship Assistants for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2018

Hello faithful Phinney members,

Thank you so much for your willingness to make our Christmas worship services possible. Below is the list of servers for worship on Dec. 24 and 25. I made the lists based on the conversations I had with each of you. However, we do have some wiggle room. So if I’ve misunderstood and put you somewhere that doesn’t work for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Just do that as soon as possible so that we can adjust the bulletins in time. Thank you, faithful servants!

Dec. 24 5pm

Presider: Anne
Preacher: Bryon
Assisting Minister: Chris Megargee
Cup Bearer: Elizabeth Peter
Torch bearers: Arno Pfaff; Soren Ogle
Cross Bearer: Walter Zamojski
Lectors: Arno Snedker Pfaff; Malia Megargee
Eucharistic Ministers: Cara Scheffler; Walter Zamojski
Building open/close: Dallas Cooper
Ushers: John and Rosalyn Breen, Midge Strong-Beers, Steve Pfaff, Ken Roscoe

Dec. 24 11pm

Presider: Bryon
Preacher: Anne
Assisting Minister: Elizabeth
Cup Bearer: Anne
Torch Bearers: Charlotte and Lydia Van Kley
Cross Bearer: Jannah Fitch
Lectors: Ardis Pilz; Jannah Fitch
Eucharistic Ministers: Ardis Pilz, Janet Deters
Building open/close: Dallas Cooper
Ushers: Leslie Caceres, David and Jo-Ann Cress, George Snelling

Dec. 25 11am

Presider: Bryon
Preacher: Elizabeth
Assisting Minister: Elizabeth
Cup Bearer: Emily Carr (juice); Madeline McCarthy (juice), Ardis Pilz
Lector: Anne VK; Shannon McCarthy
Eucharistic Ministers: Kirstin Shaw, Kara Novak
Building open/close: Julie Carr open; Staff close
Ushers: Karin Rosman, Bart Brosten

Thanks, everyone!

Pastor Anne

Worship in June

Ordinary Time and More

The span of time between Pentecost and Advent isn’t so much a season. It is called “ordinary time” as it refers to a system of ordinal numbers. It is also referred to as the long green and growing time because it takes up more than half the weeks of the year. While lacking the drama of Christmas and Easter, the richness of this time is revealed in Jesus’ extraordinary teachings and acts of love.

Occasionally, special Sundays in ordinary time are celebrated if a lesser festival falls on or near a Sunday. John the Baptist, celebrated on June 24, is one such day. According to Luke’s Gospel, the birth of John, Jesus’ cousin, takes place six months before Jesus’ birth. Just so, in the liturgical year, John’s birth is celebrated on June 24 and Jesus’ birth on December 24. Formerly named the “Nativity of John the Baptist,” this special day now simply bears his title. In preparing the way for Jesus, John said “He must increase, and I must decrease” (John 3:30).  That’s not a bad motto for the church and ministry. On this special day, come and join us as we give thanks to God for retiring organist Valerie Shields’s ministry of music.


Worship in April and May 2018

April 1        Easter Day, With the women at the tomb we are amazed

April 8       2 Easter, With Thomas we seek to touch the Wounded Risen Christ

April 15     3 Easter, Eating with the Risen Christ

April 22    4 Easter, The Risen Christ is the Good Shepherd

April 29    5 Easter, The Risen Christ says, “I am the Vine”

May 6        6 Easter, The Spirit imparts the work and love of the Risen Christ

May 13      Ascension Sunday, Christ present in all times and places

May 20     Pentecost, Breathing life into dry bones


The Great Three Days

Along with many other Christian traditions, Lutherans have rediscovered the richness of the Three Days and its central place in the Christian Liturgical Year. All other celebrations and, in fact, Sunday itself, flow from this central event.

Together, the liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil form a single unified celebration of Christ’s Passover from death to life. Come to worship each day so that you may dwell deeper into the Mystery.

Maundy Thursday

April 13, 2017 – 11:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Tonight we cross over from Lent and into the Three Days. We hear the story of Passover, Paul’s proclamation of the first Eucharist, and John’s account of the Last Supper, where the account of Jesus sharing bread and cup is missing, but something else is there: the washing of feet. You may, if you wish, take part in the foot washing. Tonight, Jesus commands us to love others as God loves us. We leave in silence and return on Good Friday.

Individual Confession and Forgiveness
On Maundy Thursday, April 13, Pastor Hansen and Pastor Van Kley will be present before each service for individual confession. This is an opportunity to confess sins that burden you and receive the assurance of God’s forgiveness through spoken word and laying on of hands. This may also be a time for shared conversation, prayer and a time to hear comforting words from scripture. The times for individual confession are 10:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Feel free to come during these times. The pastors will be in the chancel area and in the chapel.

Good Friday

April 14, 2017 – Noon and 7:00 p.m.
While there is nothing “good” in what humanity did to Jesus, there is everything good about what Jesus did. This is a day for reflection and prayer at home and at church. We gather in silence. We leave in silence.

The Stations of the Cross at noon – As on a pilgrimage, the ministers process to each station in the worship space, guided by music and prayer. Each station is a meditation on the Passion of Christ.

The Adoration of the Cross at 7pm – The evening service finds us marveling at the mystery of the Cross. We hear the Passion story from John’s Gospel, pray for the needs of the church and world, reverence the cross, and meditate on the “solemn reproaches.” Tonight, we behold the great paradox – an instrument of death becomes an instrument of healing and redemption.

The Great Vigil of Easter

April 15, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
This is the most important liturgy of the year. Tonight, we are immersed in the mystery of death and resurrection. We get to experience, all over again, the reality that Resurrection is now, bringing new life to those who will be baptized and the entire assembly as we renew our baptismal promises. We do not leave worship on this night without recovering the “alleluia!” Our hearts are filled with new praise and gratitude at the victory of God’s love.

Easter Sunday

April 16, 2017 – 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
The celebration of the Three Days concludes with a most joyous festival Eucharist. Today is a day for feasting and relaxing. We have been renewed! Yet, Easter has not come to an end. We pass from the Three Days into the great Fifty Days of Easter.


Holy Week at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church



April 10, 11, and 12, 2017

A simple service of Holy Communion in the chapel at noon
This is an opportunity to participate in in the days between Passion/Palm Sunday and the Great Three Days in a quiet space and in a liturgy that should last no longer than 30 minutes. All are welcome!

The Great Three Days

April 13, 2017: MAUNDY THURSDAY

Individual Confession and Forgiveness* at 10: 15 am and 6:00 pm
Holy Communion at 11:15 am and 7:00 pm

*Individual Confession and Forgiveness
On Maundy Thursday, April 13, Pastor Hansen and Pastor Van Kley will be present before each service for individual confession. This is an opportunity confess sins that burden you and receive the assurance of God’s forgiveness through spoken word and laying on of hands. This may also be a time for shared conversation, prayer and a time to hear comforting words from scripture. The times for individual confession are 10:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Feel free to come during these times. The pastors will be in the chancel area and in the chapel.

April 14, 2017:  GOOD FRIDAY

Stations of the Cross at noon
Adoration of the Cross at 7:00 pm


Light, Word, Baptism, Eucharist at 6:30 pm

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Festive Eucharist at 8:30 and 11:00 am
Easter Breakfast served 8:30-11:00 am